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In January, the Memphis Belles met at the FedEx Express
Air Operations Training Center in Memphis for their annual Scholarship Meeting. Three scholarships were awarded to
WAI members, totaling $3,000.
The WAI Conference Scholarship for $500 was awarded to
Lisa ehn (WAI #41337), a student at Lewis University in Illinois.
MeMphis Belles chapter
Her award includes a
full WAI Conference
additional funds to
help with transportation and hotel. She
is working on her Instrument Rating.
The Aviation Education Scholarship for
$1,250 was awarded
to paul kloehn (WAI
#41567) who is a WAI
and Memphis Belles
member, a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and a CAP Mission
Pilot. He is involved in many community events at the Olive
Branch Airport in Mississippi, and is a leader in his son’s Cub
Scout Pack. He will be using his scholarship to attend school
to get his dispatcher’s
The Colleen Platt-
Flight Training Scholarship for $1,250 was
awarded to Lauren
Lipe (WAI #40174),
who is a student at
State University, and
currently completing an internship
at FedEx Express in
kloehn and Lipe
She will be using her
award for flight training. She is a member of the MTSU flight
team and the WAI MTSU Air Raiders Chapter, and volunteered at the Midsouth Airshow in 2007.
After the awards ceremony, 21 members and guests got an
opportunity to fly the MD- 11 simulator, courtesy of FedEx.
This was a first-time experience for some guests and aviation
enthusiasts, including two local high school students hoping
to pursue careers as pilots someday. In between sim sessions,
everyone toured the FedEx Maintenance Operations Control
Center, and got an inside peek of how FedEx manages and maintains over 360 mainline aircraft, including the MD- 11, B-727,
B-757, DC- 10, A-300, and the soon to be delivered B-777. Many attendees also bid on several silent auction items, including an
MD- 11 model signed by FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith.
All proceeds of the auction went to the scholarship fund. ✈