Student among Helicopter Association’s scholarship recipients

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only eight in the world to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Zachary D. Reese, of Littlestown, a junior in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, recently was awarded a scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Reese will attend the Airbus EC-145 helicopter factory school.

Offered in conjunction with airframe, engine and avionics manufacturers, the Sanderson scholarships enable recipients to attend airframe- or equipment-specific training courses through awards of up to $1,600.

Reese joins the 12 Penn College students earlier honored by HAI; total scholarship amounts awarded to those students over the years exceed $95,000.

In March, he and six other aviation maintenance technology majors – Noah J. Ansell, of Friedens; Ryan P. Biichle, of Williamsport; David A. Gadalla, of Carlisle; Dennis J. McNamara, of Stroudsburg; Patrick M. Murray, of Hatfield; and Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill — and aviation faculty members William F. Stepp III and William F. Stepp IV attended the HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas.