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Aerospace graduate student awarded Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship

By Austin Phillips

Published: May 28, 2019 8:25:00 AM

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Lokesh Silwal, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, was recently awarded a Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship presented by the Vertical Flight Society.

Silwal was awarded the Eugene K. Liberatore Scholarship, which is given annually in memory of the pioneering helicopter engineering, author and historian.

Scholarships totaling $100,000 were awarded this year to 28 of the world’s most talented engineering students in vertical flight. Silwal was one of just eight master’s students who were honored.

“As part of our 75thanniversary celebrations, we are delighted to provide a record number of scholarships this year, along with a record total amount,” said Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg. “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical flight, with many now holding leadership positions in industry, academia and government.”

The scholarships were presented at a May ceremony in Philadelphia.

Media Contact: Austin Phillips,, 334-844-2444

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