History

kenSenior254The Kenneth E. Senior Aerospace Scholarship Foundation 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.

Ken was born April 27, 1943 in Floral Park, NY, he was the son of Edwin and Dorothy Senior. He attended City College to study engineering. At the young age of 24, he worked on the U.S. Go vernment’s Lunar Landing Module program that resulted in the landing of a man on the moon in 1969. 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.

Ken’s success as a business man was obvious but of more importance was how he lived his life and what he supported. Who he surrounded himself, his focus, and his work ethic all of which made his impact much more important and allowed us to create not just another aerospace shop. In the final analysis he pulled his weight and proved to be a net contributor. If we live in this spirit we can all make this claim when our time on this earth is over!

Ken’s leadership and management skills brought Alken national recognition. His consistent commitment to quality allowed his company to flourish into an internatonally recognized precision aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor. In recognition of his contribution to the Defense industry, he attended the Inaugural Ball in Washington DC in 1985 and shook the hands of President Ronald Reagan and then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Kenneth E. Senior has left an indelible mark on the Aerospace Industry of Long Island. As an employer, Ken  touched the lives and hearts of many. He provided opportunities and education which inspired people to exceed their personal expectations and realize their full potential. Alken Industries still employs over 40 people on Long Island.

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 by Giving Back

We would never in our wildest dreams have imagined that Kenneth Senior Aerospace Scholarship Foundation would have the impact it has had and will continue to have on our community. We remain fully committed to Vaughn College and the opportunities the college avails to engineering students on Long Island. We also have awarded scholarships to students attending Suffolk County Community College. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is one of the additional deserving institutions benefiting from your generous support. We are excited to continue to support great organizations with our successful partnering strategy and of course it is all possible because of all of your help.

Thank you, again, for allowing us to honor the memory of our father, Kenneth E. Senior and for helping us to keep his spirit and passion alive.

Awards & Honors