Jared Coleman, an aviation major who graduated from Henderson State University in 2017, received one of only four scholarships offered nationwide for an FAA issued type rating in a business jet.
With the scholarship and training provided by CAE, a Dallas-based aviation training corporation, Coleman obtained his type rating in a Cessna Citation. The rating will increase in marketability as a corporate pilot in business aviation.
“If it were not for Henderson, I would not have the education and sought after flight experience,” Coleman said. “The professors and flight instructors were always pushing me to be my best.
“I believe being awarded this scholarship is not only a testament to me, but to Henderson as well. Being recognized as a recipient shows our aviation program is among the elite in the country.”
Coleman also credited an internship he served with Tyson Foods Inc. for his success.
“That eight-week job and the people around me changed my career path and goals,” he said. “The flight operations and the people at Tyson have inspired me to become a pilot in business aviation. My dreams and aspirations are to return to Tyson as a fulltime pilot.”