(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Foundation has awarded scholarships to two deserving students as part of the AECOM FLY (Future Led by Youth) Endowment funded by AMAC member, AECOM.

AECOM FLY provides scholarships to students who demonstrate intent to pursue a career in the aviation field while enrolled in one of the following accredited university disciplines: aviation planning; engineering; architecture and construction. The two 2020 AECOM FLY Scholarship recipients are Jayla Cornelius and Ania Yee-Boguinskaia.

“I’m so excited that AECOM remains committed to growing future aviation leaders in concert with our passion for providing opportunities for female and minority students,” said Frank Wengler, global aviation business lead for AECOM Americas. “We have teamed again with the AMAC Foundation to provide scholarship funds this year for two fantastic students.”

Cornelius was a recipient of last year’s inaugural AECOM FLY Scholarship and is being awarded a follow-on scholarship to support her ongoing studies. “Our continued exposure to Jayla throughout the year, including interaction at the National AMAC Conference in Los Angeles and following her studies at Princeton provided us full confidence to support Jayla in continuing her civil engineering studies,” said Wengler.

“I am so grateful to receive a scholarship through the AECOM FLY Scholarship program because it gives me encouragement knowing this program and its supporters believe in my dreams and career aspirations,” said Cornelius. “This opportunity makes me want to work that much harder towards becoming a successful engineer and making a positive impact on our communities and the world as a whole.”

Yee-Boguinskaia was the second recipient of the AECOM FLY Scholarship this year. “I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the AECOM FLY Scholarship because it allows me to focus entirely on my education without my socio-economic status being a hindrance to my success,” said Yee-Boguinskaia. “I want to thank the donors for recognizing my hard work thus far, as well as for investing in my future so eventually I can serve my community to the best of my potential.”

AECOM FLY provides scholarship funding to one or more students based on the selection and approval process implemented by the AMAC Foundation with final approval of each scholarship by AECOM. The funding is provided by proceeds of the AECOM Endowment which is maintained and operated by the AMAC Foundation Board. The yearly scholarship amounts are $2,500 or as otherwise approved by AECOM.

“As always, the AMAC Foundation is proud and honored to have such strong candidates for the scholarship program each year,” said Heather Barry, AMAC Foundation Board Chair. “Additionally, we value the support of the AMAC Membership and extraordinary sponsors like AECOM.”

About the AMAC Foundation
The AMAC Foundation is dedicated to advancing minorities and women pursuing careers in the aviation industry. The Foundation develops educational programs, scholarship and mentorship opportunities, and shared information to support aviation and airport industry professionals, from college students beginning their careers to seasoned professionals. Since its establishment in 1997, the AMAC Foundation has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships for students around the country, supporting students pursuing a broad range of careers in airports, airlines, the federal government, and private sector. For more information, visit: amac-org.com/foundation.

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