Edna Tsegaye, bottom row, far right, a 2023 Kentridge High School graduate, received a $3,000 college scholarship from The Museum of Flight. COURTESY PHOTO, Sean Mobley/The Museum of Flight

Edna Tsegaye, bottom row, far right, a 2023 Kentridge High School graduate, received a $3,000 college scholarship from The Museum of Flight. COURTESY PHOTO, Sean Mobley/The Museum of Flight

Kentridge High graduate receives Museum of Flight scholarship

Edan Tsegaye plans are to work as an aerospace engineer and design spacecraft

Edan Tsegaye, a 2023 Kentridge High School graduate, received a $3,000 college scholarship from The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Tsegaye was chosen as the Aeronautical Science Pathway Scholarship Recipient at up to $3,000 to be used toward flight training and/or post-secondary studies at a university, college, technical school, or other accredited institution of higher education.

Tsegaye participated in the museum’s Aeronautical Science Pathway program. Her future plans are to work as an aerospace engineer at a space exploration-based company and design spacecraft, according to The Museum of Flight website.

“Participating in this program has enhanced my learning in ways that I never imagined possible,” Tsegaye said. “Through the participation of this program I have been immersed in a highly interactive environment with interactive exhibits, lectures, and discussions as well as hands-on activities and simulations that have provided me with a variety of opportunities to gain a greater understanding of the principles and practices of aeronautics and science.”

The Museum of Flight in May announced $238,000 in scholarships to 14 Washington students for post-secondary education and flight training.

The scholarships are awarded each year to students who have participated in The Museum of Flight’s education programs or are enrolled in Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila. The recipients represent a racial and economic diversity of 77 applicants chosen from 27 school districts.

“The museum’s education programs are designed to guide students’ inspiration, exploration and preparation of space and aviation topics,” said Dana Riley Black, the museum’s vice president of education. “These annual scholarships create a unique bridge from the museum’s programs to the students’ next steps in their education and careers.

“The post-secondary STEM education scholarships are opportunities for high school seniors planning to attend a college, university or trade school in science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related fields, and the flight training scholarships provide opportunities for high school students who want to earn their private pilot license—which is an important first milestone for anyone with aspirations to become a professional pilot or aviation industry professional.”

The 14 scholarship recipients represent nine school districts, and they reported their gender as 57% male and 43% female, according to the museum.

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