Miami Dade College (MDC) Foundation and the Eig-Watson School of Aviation at MDC awarded five students with the Saul and Lois Eig Watson Scholarship to support their dreams of becoming airline and commercial pilots.

The 2019 scholarship recipients are Jose Manuel Garcia, Yassel Garcia Herrera, Jonathan Sergio Ibarra, Andres Laluz and David F. Zambrano, joining the group of more than 230 aspiring airline and commercial pilots who have received the Saul and Lois Eig Watson Scholarship since it was established at MDC in 1988.  Today, it is one of the largest aviation scholarships in the country.

The scholarship recipients were honored at a recent MDC Foundation event with the donors and guest speaker MDC alumnus Jose Muñoz – a past scholarship recipient who today is a successful pilot at United Airlines.

“Without this scholarship, there’s a good chance that I wouldn’t be here right now with the job I have and pursuing the career I’ve dreamed of,” Muñoz added. “I think I speak on behalf of all of us who received the scholarship back then and have since been successful, it’s all because of the Eig Watson family and MDC.”

The Saul and Lois Eig Watson Scholarship, awarded annually to outstanding MDC aviation students to support flight training costs, was named in memory of Lois Eig Watson’s late husband, Saul Eig. Lois was a flight student herself and a former faculty member at MDC’s Kendall Campus.