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November 2, 2006

Justin Hartson Awarded Scholarship Honoring Mr. Donald Hartmann


Cathlene Hartson (Justin's mother), Justin Hartson, Agnes Hartmann, Ted Hartson (Justin's father) and Richard Hume
Cathlene Hartson (Justin's mother), Justin Hartson, Agnes Hartmann,
Ted Hartson (Justin's father) and Richard Hume

George P. LaRosa, Officer-in-Charge at Farmingdale State is pleased to announce that Professional Pilot student Justin Hartson has been selected to be the first recipient of the scholarship honoring Donald Hartmann. An award ceremony for the presentation of this scholarship to Justin Hartson took place on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at the Farmingdale State Aviation Education Center at Republic Airport .

Donald Hartmann was the husband of long-time Farmingdale State staff member, Agnes Hartmann, who began her career at Farmingdale State over 25 years ago working for the sociology and anthropology department. A resident of Farmingdale, Mrs. Hartmann also worked for psychological services before moving to the student accounts office. Upon the passing of her husband, Ms. Hartmann developed the Donald Hartman Scholarship to honor him and his love of aviation.

Mr. Hartson was selected by a committee comprised of Jeanette Quinn, Assistant Director of Airport Operations, Vincent Ciulla, Chief Flight Instructor, and Robert Temme, Aviation department Chairperson, The criteria established for consideration was that of "most aggressive pursuit of flight ratings or certificates."

According to Professor Temme, Justin Hartson has been the most active student during the summer of 2006, logging in sixty hours of flight, including Farmingdale State 's first international flight to Quebec City, Canada . In two short months, Justin has prepared himself to take the FAA flight exam to receive his Commercial Pilot Certificate and will be doing so in the very near future.

The aviation department is confident that Justin's future accomplishments made possible with this scholarship will represent the name of Donald Hartman with professionalism, pride and dignity.