MDC Students Soar to New Heights with Prestigious Aviation Scholarship

Miami, June 1, 2018 – Five outstanding Miami Dade College (MDC) aviation students were presented with the prestigious Timothy E. Johnson Jr. Scholarship at an awards ceremony hosted by the MDC Foundation. The scholarship will help students pay for the necessary flight training to become professional pilots.

MDC students Henry Golembeski, Yassel Herrera Garcia, Jonathan Ibarra, Shane Pineda, and Adam Superson, received the award, each receiving $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 support that lifts, empowers and provides opportunity for our next generation of aviation professionals.

“Thank you to the Johnson family for placing your trust in our future. We are honored to be the recipients of this scholarship, and your generosity is making our dreams of becoming professional pilots a reality,” said scholarship recipient Shane Pineda. “We hope to pass on your son’s love for flying, and one day, we hope to be able to give back to future aviators just as you have done for us.”

“The only thing I ask is I want you to pay it forward as you go forward. Think about what you have, pay it forward and don’t forget about the support you received along the way,” said Timothy E. Johnson Sr. to the scholarship recipients. “Higher education is a great way to give back to the community, and I’m so glad to help support these future aviators.”

To date, 31 students from MDC’s acclaimed Eig-Watson School of Aviation have been awarded the Timothy E. Johnson Jr. Scholarship.

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

About Miami Dade College Foundation

Founded in 1965, the Miami Dade College Foundation raises essential private funds for Miami Dade College to support student scholarships, workforce training, innovation, arts and culture, and various other programs that elevate our community and nation. In 2016-2017, MDC Foundation distributed more than $10.3 million to benefit MDC students and the programs that support them. MDC has a long history of responding to the needs of the community with programs that prepare the workforce for the 21st century knowledge economy and offer the broader community access to world-class cultural and educational programming. Visit