The Pilot Club of Akron, a nonprofit volunteer service organization, recently awarded a Pilot International Becky Burrows Scholarship in the amount of $500 to Kent State University student Amanda Montanaro.
The scholarship is awarded through the Founders' Fund, the charitable arm of Pilot International, an international organization of about 20,000 adult and youth members, who are working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and around the world.
Pilot's service focus is helping people affected by brain-related disorders and disabilities through volunteer activities, projects, and fundraisers.
Montanaro was injured in a car accident in September 2004, from which she sustained several injuries, the worst being a traumatic brain injury.
She has been taking classes at KSU in order to train and re-enter the workplace, majoring in health education and promotion.
She hopes to use her degree to help those with brain-related disorders. Because of the TBI, being a student is difficult but she continually works on her education because as she said, "It give me hope for a brighter and better future."
The Pilot Club of Akron sponsored Montanaro this year and each year as she continues her education.
When asked what the scholarship meant, she responded, "The scholarship means the world to me! I am paying for college with loans, so any scholarships that I receive will be money that I don't have to pay back. This scholarship means a lot to me because it is tied to a traumatic brain injury, something which has become (and always will be for the rest of my life) a huge part of my life."
For more information, contact Jackie Barley, 2013-14 president, Pilot Club of Akron, at 330-309-8772, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the website at www.pilotinternational.org and facebook pages at Pilot International and PilotClub ofAkron.