About KSASF Scholarship

The Kenneth E. Senior Aerospace Scholarship Foundation (KSASF) was created in January of 2008 in loving memory of Kenneth E. Senior, founder of Alken Industries, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, New York. As an entrepreneur in the aerospace manufacturing industry Kenneth Senior created Alken Industries, a World Class Aerospace Manufacturing Facility. At the age of 25 he had the methods, vision and passion that led him to start his own Aerospace Manufacturing Company, Alken Industries, in 1967.
Kenneth E. Senior has left an indelible mark on the Aerospace Industry of Long Island. As an employer, Ken  provided opportunities and education which inspired people to exceed their personal expectations and realize their full potential.
Kenneth Senior had a strong belief in the future of the Aerospace Industry thriving on Long Island where it has been historically prevalent.  Ken’s own determination and drive made his a “dream come true”. In his honor this foundation was created to further Aerospace Technology Education on Long Island and give local, determined students the same opportunity to soar….
Honoring Ken Senior, we would never in our wildest dreams have imagined that Kenneth Senior Aerospace Scholarship Foundation would have the impact it has had on our community. – Foundation Representatives
The KSASF Scholarship has been awarded to students graduating high school whom attended one of the below listed post secondary institutions pursuing studies in Engineering, Physical Science, or Applied Sciences pertinent to Aerospace. Selection was based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, potential for leadership and need. Number of awards and award amounts have varied. The scholarship provided by KSASF many young students achieve their dreams.      Read More

Scholarship Recipients and Participating Schools







Vaughn College of Aeronautics – Emily German and Eldwin Villanueva, Suffolk Community College – Shelest Mykhaylo







Pictured, Vaughn College’s Sharon DeVivio, Senior Vice President, Dr. John Fitzpatrick, President of Vaughn College, and Kalli Koutsoutis Assistant Vice President. Along with them are past year’s scholarship recipients Robert Andersen and Jennifer Rosati,Thomas Pekar & Zachariah Gajadhar. Representing the KSASF are Maria Senior and Bridgette DeMinico.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private specialized aviation and engineering college located adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States

Address: 86-01 23rd Avenue, Flushing, New York 11369

Phone: 718.429.6600 ext. 142

Fax: 718.429.0671

Suffolk County Community College is a two-year public college on Long Island, NY sponsored by SUNY and Suffolk County, New York in the USA. Suffolk County Community College was founded in 1959 and has three campuses: Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.

Address: 533 College Rd, Selden, NY 11784

Phone: (631) 451-4110

Foundation Sponsors

Many thanks to all our sponsors. Your generous support has enabled the KSASF to offer scholarships
to Long Island students looking to pursue careers in the Aerospace Industry and
continue it’s long tradition as an integral part of the business landscape of Long Island.

Awards and Honors

Foundation Representatives

Kim Senior-McGowan


Kim is middle daughter of Ken Senior and the current President and CEO of Alken Industries. Kenneth Senior founded Alken in 1968. Kim along with her sisters, family and team at Alken have joined together to create the KSASF in an effort to give back to the community and ensure the Aerospace Industry remains thriving on Long Island.


Bridgette Senior


Bridgette is Ken’s youngest daughter. She has been instrumental in the development of the KSASF. Bridgette is Vice President of Alken Industries. She developed and runs the Annual Golf outing, now in it’s 8th year. She is also a member of the Cradle of Aviation Museum board.

Charles Senior


Charles is the Production Control Support Manager at Alken Industries. A proud Senior family member, he is Ken’s younger brother and has been a foundation representative of the KSASF since it’s inception.


Torin McGowan


Torin McGowan, L.F.S.C, is President of TMcGowan Fire Protection and SIS Engineering, both in the NYC and Long Island Area. He is the husband of Kim Senior and an active participant and supporter of  the Annual KSASF Golf outing.


Maria Senior


A proud Senior family member Maria has been instrumental in the creation and development of the KSASF since it’s inception. She has been a Chairperson of the golf outing for the past 7 years.


Tami Senior


Tami is Ken’s oldest daughter and instrumental in developing the KSASF and supporting the Annual Golf outing.


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Golf Outing Sponsors