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2014-2015

 

August 28, 2014

 

Jet AirWerks, LLC and Jet AirParts, LLC establishes scholarship at Cowley College

 

HumphreyKeith Humphrey, owner-operator and President/CEO of Jet AirWerks, LLC and Jet AirParts, LLC, has announced the establishment of a new scholarship fund with the Cowley County Endowment Association. The scholarship will award $1,000 per semester to a student who is a Career and Technical Education major, demonstrates financial need, has overcome personal odds, and demonstrates a high likelihood for success. Eligible students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“It’s exciting when we have donors like Keith who are passionate about supporting Career and Technical Education majors who often times have a harder time finding scholarship support,” said Ben Schears, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It was obvious very early on that he has a heart for students who haven’t had many breaks in life get the chance to make a path forward.”

Jet AirWerks, LLC began operations as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 authorized repair station in 2008 in Arkansas City. In 2011, Jet AirParts, LLC began operations in the same Arkansas City facility, marketing aftermarket turbine jet engine hardware from the CFM56, CF6 and CF34 engine product lines.

Humphrey didn’t have an opportunity to immediately attend college out of high school, and, instead, spent a decade as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Navy and, since his honorable discharge, has spent the past 30 years working in private sector aviation repair and aftermarket sales, including for General Electric at Strother Field.

“I have spent my entire adult life working hard to get ahead and to get my kids ahead. I wanted to be able to help others that may not have the same opportunities to go to college once they’ve graduated from high school,” said Humphrey.

Keith and his wife, Therese, have six children. The Humphrey’s daughter, Allison, graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011. The couple’s older son, Drew, graduated from Florida International University in 2013, and the couple’s younger son, Ryan, graduated from the University of Kansas this past May and recently joined the Marine Corps. Their daughter, Tyeler, is currently a sophomore at KU. The Humphrey’s daughter, Alexis, graduated from Heritage College, while their other daughter, Leah, is an office manager of a medical clinic in Weston, Florida.

Keith has hired graduates from Cowley College’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) program to work at his company and hopes this scholarship will help other future students find work in the community.

“Aviation has been a staple industry and one of the largest sources of employment in Cowley County for the last 60 years. There’s a lot of rhetoric about tax rates attracting employers, but, in my opinion, nothing is more important than a robust educated, skilled technical workforce to grow the aviation industry in Cowley County,” Humphrey said. “My hope is that Cowley County can keep the world flying for another 60 years.”