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Evansville couple supports Indiana State with aviation scholarship

February 28, 2020

Indiana State University students pursuing careers in aviation have a new scholarship opportunity thanks to the generosity of an Evansville couple. Indiana State alumni Travis and Alyssa Kendall have given $30,000 to establish the Kendall Family Endowed Scholarship for students with a declared major in the Department of Aviation Technology and who are actively involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus.

“Alyssa and I feel very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity to give back to Indiana State,” Travis Kendall said. “We both feel strongly about helping fellow Sycamores pursue their dreams. A gift of any amount can go a long way and with this scholarship we hope to help make someone else's dream come true.”

Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation, made the announcement of the endowed scholarship at an ISU alumni event in Evansville.  

“From their academic experience to campus life, Indiana State has positively impacted Travis and Alyssa,” Angel said. “Their gift creates a new endowed scholarship that supports both of these elements and will help current and future students maximize their experience just as they did.”

Travis earned a degree in professional aviation flight technology and aerospace administration, and the couple was active in Greek organizations while at ISU. Travis is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Alyssa is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

“As a former aviation student and flight instructor, I know the time and financial commitment it takes to be successful,” Travis Kendall said. “Our hope is to be able to lessen the financial burden the future recipients will incur while pursuing their dream.”

“Scholarships are fundamental to helping the College of Technology grow our Aviation Technology Department,” said Nesli Alp, Dean of the College of Technology. “We are grateful for Travis and Alyssa’s generous gift in support of our students.” 

The department of aviation technology offers majors in aviation management, professional aviation flight technology and unmanned systems.

Photo – Travis and Alyssa Kendall and family

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