Date:              December 10, 2009
SPACE CAMP Recipients Announced
This year will be the 20th year in which the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum Scholarship will be awarded through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  This scholarship offers eligible individuals financial assistance to attend SPACE CAMP. Each year, individuals from fourth grade and up, who possess an understanding of the solar system, space travel, aeronautics and science have an opportunity to submit an application to the Community Foundation to receive financial assistance to attend this dynamic week-long program where “everyone can be an astronaut for the day.”
Since its inception, over 50 area students have benefitted from the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum Scholarship.  This year’s recipients are: Megan MacDonald and Ryan Webb.
Ms. MacDonald, as a sophomore attending Frewsburg Central School, is an honor roll student whose expansive interests include: participation in the school musicals, Camera Club, Pep Club and Mock Trial.  She is a class officer and is a Civil Air Patrol Cadet. Her primary interest is aviation, with her goal of attending the Air Force Academy upon her graduation from high school.
Mr. Webb is also a sophomore who attends Cuba-Rushford Central School. Academically, Mr. Webb excels with math and science being of particular interest to him.  He is on the Varsity Swim Team, member of the French Club, concert band, jazz band and marching band. He is the Sophomore Class President and a representative on the school’s Student Council. He plans to pursue a career in astronautical engineering.
The world’s preeminent youth SPACE CAMP located in Huntsville, Alabama is also the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  It is designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, math, engineering, robotics and aerospace industries by giving them a first-hand introduction to the exciting work being done in the space program.
The intent of the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum Scholarship Fund is to reinforce interest in the sciences with the potential of this leading to a career in aviation.This Fund was established at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation by Mr. David Blossom in 1989 in memory of Lucile M. Wright. Mrs. Wright was a local pilot when flying an airplane was uncommon, especially for women. Mrs. Wright made a major contribution to the Air Museum in the mid 80’s when the Air Museum was founded by Mr. Blossom and Mr. Joseph T. Minarovich. Mr. Minarovich continues, today, to be active with the Museum as Curator and as a member of its Board of Trustees. 

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