RACCA awards five aviation scholarships to the next generation


The US-based Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) has awarded five $2,000 scholarships through RACCA’s growing scholarship programme. The five students hail from across the United States and are pursuing careers as aviation maintenance technicians, aviators and in airline management.

The students are:

John Tucker, who attends Colorado Northwestern Community College. In addition to his studies he assists in the college’s aircraft maintenance program. A regular on the Dean’s List, Tucker is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is actively pursuing building time as a RACCA pilot and will use his scholarship to fund flight hours.

Ruby Jacobs, a freshman at Bridgewater State who wants to work with regional cargo carriers is described as an overachiever. “I have always been fascinated by airplanes and pilots…and I want to break gender stereotypes.” She also worked on building an aircraft with other students in high school.

Hailing from Southwestern Illinois College, Kathryn Benhoff is seeking a career as an aviation maintenance technician after demonstrating a high degree of scholastic and mechanical ability. She has worked with the National Transportation Safety Board where she learned the importance of maintenance and safety.

Maxwell Cote attends Cape Cod Community College’s aviation maintenance technology program. He is a certified airframe technician as well as a peer tutor. He is currently a mechanic helper at Cape Cod Airlines.

A student at the University of North Dakota, Luke McKenzie is pursuing an aviation management career. McKenzie also wants to be a pilot but then to rise to management. He is an officer of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, an international aviation fraternity, and a member of the Student Aviation Management Association.