Aviator’s Legacy Honored with Five MDC Student Scholarships

Miami, June 12, 2019 – Five outstanding Miami Dade College (MDC) aviation students received prestigious Timothy E. Johnson Jr. Scholarships to help pay for flight training and tuition. To date, nearly 40 students from MDC’s acclaimed Eig-Watson School of Aviation have been awarded the Timothy E. Johnson Jr. Scholarship.

MDC students Jose Manuel Garcia, Yassel Garcia Herrera, Andres Laluz, Zachary Ondriezek and Shane Pineda each received $8,000 in scholarship funding.

The Timothy E. Johnson Jr. Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the life and legacy of Timothy Jr., a dedicated pilot and humanitarian who passed away in an aviation accident in 2012. His love for flying paved the way for essential scholarship support that lifts, empowers and provides opportunity for future generations of aviation professionals.

“Today’s scholarship recipients have given us the opportunity to turn what would be a very dark day for our family into a day that’s full of hope and promise,” said Nina Johnson, sister of the late Timothy E. Johnson Jr. “We have seen tremendously hard-working students who oftentimes don’t come from privilege; we have seen women and minorities; we have seen people who themselves have three or four jobs to put themselves in the position to receive this scholarship. We hope you’ll carry Timothy’s legacy forward as you amplify the opportunities given to you.”

Since 1965, MDC Foundation has been committed to raising essential private funds for Miami Dade College to change lives, families, communities and the world through the opportunity of education. Learn more at www.mdcfoundation.com.

About Miami Dade College Foundation
Founded in 1965, Miami Dade College Foundation raises essential private funds to support scholarships, academic programs and support services so MDC students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. MDC Foundation also supports world-class arts and cultural programming at MDC that enriches the community. In 2017-2018, MDC Foundation distributed nearly $9.5 million to benefit the students and programs of MDC. Known as Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences that prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.  MDC is the nation’s largest, campus-based institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 165,000 students and more than two million alumni. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country.  Visit mdcfoundation.com.

MDC Foundation contact: Alyssa Zamora, director of communications and digital engagement, 305-237-3331, azamora@mdc.edu.