ASU Student Receives Aviation Scholarship from Thunderbird

scottsdale, arizona, december 1, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2”) has awarded the TB2 Aviation Scholarship to Arizona State University (“ASU”), IRA A. Fulton Colleges of Engineering, and Olivia Sparks. TB2 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all veterans, and supporting Dogs4Vets, a service organization dedicated to empowering disabled veterans to live more productive lives through the use of animal services, creating opportunities for Unique educational for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation.

Ms. Sparks specializes in air transport management, minoring in business, and is pursuing an international business degree. With the downturn in the airline industry during Covid, Olivia has added a business minor to gain additional skills to use in aviation management. Besides studying and maintaining a strong GPA, she also works two jobs.

Mark O’Brien, Program Leader for Aviation Management Technology, Senior Ground Instructor, and Senior Lecturer, ASU, Ira A. Fulton Colleges of Engineering, said: “The Aviation Program at Arizona State University is proud to announce that Olivia Sparks is the recipient of the 2021 Thunderbird Memorial Scholarship award. Olivia In her junior year at ASU seeking a concentration in air transportation management with a minor in business Olivia is an excellent student who balances full-time classes with a work schedule that supports her education She is a member of the ASU Women in Aviation Club and participates in a variety of activities volunteering.”

Steve Ziomek, Chairman and President of TB2 stated, “By definition, Olivia is the ideal recipient of the TB2 Scholarship. Her ability to maintain a 3.4 GPA on the Air Transport Management curriculum, while working in many positions and participating in more than one internship is unparalleled. We are proud to present this scholarship to a well-deserved student and a good person in all respects.”

Rudi R Miller, Chair of the TB2 Scholarships and Advisory Board, commented: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Olivia to join our selective and growing group of TB2 scholarship recipients. I was deeply moved by my recent interview with her. She reports that she spent last summer ( 3 months) as a full-time Flight Crew Scheduler for a regional airline which gave her important operational insight into the airline’s operations.” Miller continued, “Olivia is currently looking to blend her aviation education with business skills which will give her broader career opportunities from airlines to municipal airports. As a former CEO of an airline with a commercial background, I am sure she will have multiple career opportunities!”

About Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc.

Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2014 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. During World War II, an airfield called Thunderbird Field 2 was built for the sole purpose of training US Air Force pilots in 1942. Thunderbird Field 2 graduated over 5,500 men and women pilots, many of whom witnessed military action in Europe and the Pacific. The field and school were decommissioned on October 16, 1944, and were sold to Arizona Teachers College (ASU), then to the Arizona Seventh-day Adventist Convention, and finally to the city of Scottsdale in 1966 and now known as Scottsdale Airport (KSDL).

The Aviation Scholarship Program provides scholarships to veteran and non-veteran resident students of Arizona who meet specific criteria and attend Arizona State University, Embry-Riddle Aviation University, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Cochise College, Pima Community College, or Yavapai College. Terminal 2 contains a permanent memorial at the entrance to Scottsdale Airport and a historic display within the facilities honoring the service of men and women in the United States Armed Forces as well as prisoners of war in the Department of the Interior. For more information, please visit

Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. Arizona State University
Contacts: Call:
Steve Zumk Jennifer Williams
Chairman and President Office Development Coordinator Era A Colleges. Fulton Engineering
Rudy R. Miller
Chairman of the advisory board and
Scholarship Committee

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