January 14, 2016

We’ve got a winner! University at Buffalo student Selected for 2016 Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship

Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship. The scholarship was started by Galactic Unite to support women in STEM and aviation careers. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Merckel, currently a senior at the University at Buffalo who will graduate this spring with a double major in Civil and Aerospace Engineering. Along with funds for flight school, Jennifer will get access to mentoring from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and other Galactic Unite educational programs.

Jennifer is currently working on completing her instrument rating and plans to continue her flight training by obtaining her commercial certificate and becoming a flight instructor.  In her future work, both as a flight instructor and in business, she wants to encourage women in aviation to show that aviation is open to everyone.

The Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses scholarship celebrates Jennifer’s efforts and those of women worldwide who are pursuing their dreams of flight. Congratulations, Jennifer, and welcome to the Galactic Unite community. Everyone at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company is excited to support you as you achieve your career goals.