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Air museum establishes memorial scholarship for alumna

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has established a scholarship honoring the late Brenda E. Saylor, a 1996 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Saylor, who died in May, earned an Associate of Applied Science in aviation technology, gaining her Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) certification from the Federal Aviation Administration at the age of 46. She had become a licensed pilot in 1991 and, for 29 years, owned a 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, which was a World War II primary training aircraft.

Penn College alumna Brenda E. Saylor, for whom a memorial scholarship has been established by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, is shown in the cockpit of her 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane. (Photo courtesy of Russell A. Strine.)
Penn College alumna Brenda E. Saylor, for whom a memorial scholarship has been established by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, is shown in the cockpit of her 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane. (Photo courtesy of Russell A. Strine.)

After graduation, Saylor, originally of New Park, York County, became a volunteer at the Reading-based Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, where she would gain valuable experience. In 1998, the museum hired her to become its principal aircraft mechanic and restoration specialist, a position she held until her death earlier this year.

Feeling a great loss, the museum wanted to do something to serve as a long-lasting tribute to Saylor, museum President Russell A. Strine said. Since Penn College had been one of Saylor’s passions, the museum contacted the college about establishing a scholarship in her honor.

“I first met Brenda when she came to become a volunteer at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in April 1997, a fresh graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport as an aircraft mechanic,” Strine said. “In the first few days, I realized that there was something special about Brenda, and soon I invited her to become the museum’s principal aircraft mechanic.”

“We are grateful to Russell Strine and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum for their thoughtful support, and we are pleased to award this scholarship to students as a special way to honor Brenda’s memory on our campus,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer.

Preference for the Brenda E. Saylor AMT Memorial Scholarship will be given to incoming female students who have a home residence in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon or York counties – with first preference to students from York and Berks counties – and who are enrolled in the aviation maintenance technology Bachelor of Science program. A male student may be awarded the scholarship if there are no eligible female students in a given year.

The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

For more about giving opportunities at Penn College, visit College Relations or call 570-320-8020.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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