5K race benefits five Buckeye aviators with $5K scholarships


Proceeds from The Ohio State University Airport’s 2023 Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway will propel five Buckeyes forward in their flight training. Record-setting engagement from race sponsors resulted in a total of $25,000 in scholarships. Now, five winners – each receiving $5,000 – have been selected.

“We’re so grateful that the race sponsors and participants have rallied to support five of our students,” said Flight Education Director Brandon Mann. “The students are motivated to succeed, and these funds will help offset the cost of their training.”

Miles Aronovitz
Aronovitz, who is also a member of the university's flight team, poses after the team's recent competition.

This year’s recipients include students from each training level. The winner at the private pilot level is Austin Fei, instrument-level winner is Jonathan Severance, Miles Aronovitz earned the commercial-level scholarship, and Jason Hynes and Noah Jenkins are the recipients at the certified flight instructor/multiengine level.

Aronovitz, who is majoring in air transportation, commented on being named a winner. “The 2023 Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway scholarship is an amazing feat the community puts on for us flight students,” said the College of Arts and Sciences student. “I am eternally grateful to have received such a coveted and distinguished scholarship which will help me finish my commercial license this year!”

Jenkins, also an air transportation major, is enthusiastic about the scholarship. “I was so excited, and especially grateful, when I received the news about being awarded this fantastic scholarship! Thanks to the generosity of all the donors I am able to finish my flight training and jumpstart my career,” he said.

Noah Jenkins

The annual 5K brings together people from area neighborhoods, university affiliates, the aviation community, racers and beyond, all for a good cause.

Airport Director Karl Von Hagel commented on the scholarship’s far-reaching support. “Thank you to everyone whose contributions made these scholarships possible. Your generosity is impacting the next generation of aviators.”

Gold-level sponsors – each donating $5,000 – were FlightSafety International and NetJets. At $3,000, silver-level sponsors were Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, RS&H, Spartan Air and Worthington Industries. Post-race refreshments were provided by Ohio State Aviation Alumni Society.

Photos from the race are linked here, while race results are on this page. Information about the 2024 race will be announced at a later date.

Contact: Holly Henley, communications specialist, henley.53@osu.edu