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April 24, 2006

Farmingdale State Aviation Student Awarded Scholarship

On March 15, 2006 The Farmingdale Foundation and Alumni Association Student Scholarship Reception was held in Roosevelt Hall's Multipurpose Room at Farmingdale State University of New York. Over $76,000 worth of scholarship money was awarded to 48 students at the reception. Farmingdale State President Jonathan C. Gibralter was pleased to announce that Steven Edwards, of Williamsville, was this year's recipient of the Matthew Rehl Memorial Scholarship.

Steven Edwards will graduate this May with a B.S. in Aeronautical Science, Professional Pilot. He has achieved an outstanding grade point average which earned him inclusion on the Dean's list. Mr. Edwards was the recipient of the Together We Can Make A Difference Award in 2005. He is an active member of the community and has volunteered at soup kitchens and the Will Edwards Memorial Carnival.

The Matthew Rehl Memorial Scholarship was established by the DeRatier family in memory of their son, Matthew Rehl. Matthew Rehl graduated from Farmingdale State with a degree in aviation administration. He was killed while flying a single-engine plane returning to Farmingdale Airport. The scholarship is offered to outstanding students in the Aviation Program.