Scottsdale, AZ (December 1, 2021) – Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“Tbird2″) announced it awarded the Tbird2 Aviation Scholarship to Arizona State University (“ASU”), Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, student Olivia Sparks. Tbird2 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans, supporting Dogs4Vets, a service organization dedicated to enabling disabled veterans to live a more productive life through the use of services animals, and creating unique educational opportunities for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation.
Ms. Sparks is majoring in Air Transportation Management, minoring in Business, and pursuing an international business certificate. With the downturn within the aviation industry during Covid, Olivia added a minor in Business to acquire additional skills to be used within aviation management. Along with her studies and maintaining a strong GPA, she also works two jobs.
Marc O’Brien, Program Chair of Aeronautical Management Technology, Chief Ground Instructor, and Senior Lecturer, ASU, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, said, “The ASU Aviation Program is proud to announce that Olivia Sparks is the 2021 recipient of the Thunderbird Memorial Scholarship. Olivia is in her junior year at ASU pursuing a concentration in Air Transportation Management with a minor in Business. Olivia is an excellent student who balances full-time classes with a work schedule that supports her education. She is a member of ASU’s Women In Aviation club and participates in a variety of volunteer activities.”
Steve Ziomek, Chairman and President of Tbird2, stated, “By definition, Olivia is a perfect recipient of the Tbird2 scholarship. Her ability to maintain a 3.4 GPA in the Air Transportation Management curriculum, while working several jobs and being involved in more than one internship is unmatched. We are proud to provide this scholarship to a well-deserved student and all-around good person.”
Rudy R. Miller, Chairman of Tbird2’s Advisory Board and Scholarship Committee, commented, “It is with great pleasure I welcome Olivia to join our selective and growing group of Tbird2 scholarship recipients. I was extremely impressed with my recent interview with her. She shared that she spent this past summer (3 months) as a full-time Flight Crew Scheduler employee for a regional airline which gave her important hands-on insight regarding airline operations.” Miller continued, “Olivia is currently looking to blend her aviation education and business skills which give her broader career opportunities from airlines to municipal airports. As a former airline CEO with a business background, I’m sure she will have multiple opportunities for employment!”