York College has been awarded a $20,000 grant from TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation earmarked for scholarships to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the College’s Aviation Management program. TD Bank President (NYC Market) Peter Meyer made the presentation recently to York College President Marcia V. Keizs at the York College Foundation’s 2nd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert Saluting the Tuskegee Airmen. Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN Soledad O’Brien was the event’s master of ceremonies.

Currently, five students are the beneficiaries of the TD Bank grant. Jenny Chimbo, for example, is one of several Aviation Management majors interning with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Sara Bawzir is learning all about biometrics (identification) during her internship, also at PA headquarters, and will shortly be trained in wild life management at La Guardia Airport. Veronica Carpio is honing skills in the Port Authority’s external affairs division of the Aviation Department on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System – called NextGen. According to reports, NextGen is years away from full implementation. However, the significance of a York College student’s involvement at the inception of the program cannot be underestimated; and it has been made possible by the funds provided by TD Bank.

Devon Phillips is also interning at the Port Authority but not at headquarters. He is one of two students based at a Port Authority outpost in the York College Jamaica neighborhood. The Council for Airport Opportunities (CAO) provides mostly entry-level airport jobs for New Yorkers. Phillips, who is going into his senior year at York, is thankful for the internship being funded by TD Bank. He says it’s a win/win experience. Novelette Brown, who is also interning at CAO says that the funds provided by TD Bank help ease the financial stress she would otherwise have. All of the scholars have big plans for their future in Aviation and all believe that these summer internships are a plus to those plans.