Penina “Penni” Kimani, a Delaware State University junior aviation student, received a $3,500 scholarship from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen International.

Kimani, who is pursuing the professional pilot concentration, said the scholarship is timely because her senior aviation labs are more expensive than the previous ones she has had to complete. She said while scholarships and grants have covered the cost of her tuition and fees, her parents, Nancy Mburu and Peter Njenga, have paid for the labs.

A native of Kenya, Kimani moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was 8. Settling in Dover, she graduated from Dover High School in 2015. She said becoming a pilot has been a long-held aspiration. Now that she is moving into her senior year — currently with a 3.5 GPA — her hopes have been greater.

The Tuskegee chapter formally presented the scholarship to Kimani at the Tuskegee chapter’s spring banquet May 6 in Philadelphia. The organization has established the scholarship specifically for DSU aviation students.