Three Howell High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets have been selected to receive scholarships to attend a private pilot license training program at an accredited aviation university in the summer of 2021.
The cadets — Grace Fyke, Clara Jackson, and Lillian Vincent — are three of 230 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets worldwide to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. More than 1,340 cadets applied for one of the 230 scholarships. The scholarship, valued at over $22,000, covers transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license.
“Earning this scholarship provides an incredible opportunity to Cadets Fyke, Jackson, and Vincent. The cadets will have the opportunity to earn their private pilot’s licenses from an accredited flight program at no cost to them,” said Lt. Col. Liza Franz, Howell High School Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. “Each of the three cadets has shown great leadership in our program, and I am excited that they have received this opportunity.”
The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is an Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot’s Certification, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities.
Air Force Junior ROTC’s mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.