The park offers a closeup view of LaGuardia Airport, where visitors can see planes taking off and landing.
“Ever since I was young, my dad would take me,” Uran said. “We would just watch the planes for an hour or two.”
Those days spent at Planeview Park sparked Uran’s interest in the aviation industry. He attended Aviation High School in Sunnyside, where he learned how to work on planes.
Uran is among the first class of scholarship recipients who won a full-ride to Vaughn College from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The scholarship is part of the Port Authority’s $8 billion rebuild of LaGuardia Airport.
“When I heard about the opportunity, I had to jump right on it,” Uran said.
In addition to a debt-free education, Uran will have access to summer internships and upon graduation, a possible job at the Port Authority.
It’s also a burden off his family, who won’t have to worry about paying for higher education.
“I can focus more on my studies,” he said. “That’s a relief on both ends.”
In his first semester at Vaughn College, the East Elmhurst native said his experience so far has been “amazing.”
“It’s a small college, so you see the same familiar faces almost everyday,” he said. “That’s very important because that’s how you build your connections.”
The Port Authority recently announced a second round of scholarships for local students at Vaughn College. Uran offered this piece of advice for students thinking about applying: don’t wait.
“Do it right away,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest opportunities you could have, so jump on it.”