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LETU Student Wins $1,000 Avionics Technician Scholarship


LeTourneau University aviation maintenance sophomore Abigail Lopez of Phoenix, Ariz., has received a $1,000 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Avionics Technician Scholarship through the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM).

Lopez is an honors student who wrote an essay, provided her resume and recommendation letters from her professors to apply for the scholarship. She is one of only a few women pursuing aviation maintenance, which has historically male-dominated field.

"My dream job is to be a missionary," Lopez said. "I would like to do avionics for a mission organization." Lopez is planning to spend her spring break in North Carolina working with an aviation mission organization doing maintenance on airplanes in their hangar.

The AEA represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses that repair, maintain and install avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. AEA awarded only one Avionics Technician Scholarship.

"Abigail is a great example of the bright, creative, and industrious students that make up the student body of the School of Aviation at LeTourneau University," said Sean Fortier, chair of LETU's Department of Applied Aviation Sciences. "I am looking forward to seeing the great and continued impact she will have on the aviation industry and the people she works with and for."

LeTourneau University is the premier polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston. Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu. Nestled among pine-forested hills and lakes of East Texas, LETU's 162-acre residential campus in Longview, Texas, has state-of-the-art facilities, new residence halls, a new student center, and an unparalleled aviation center. Longview has an MSA of around 200,000 and is approximately 120 miles east of Dallas.

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