AOPA Awards Four Flight Training Scholarships

November 10, 2012

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) awarded four $5,000 flight training scholarships today at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs. The scholarship money  can be applied toward flight training costs for an FAA sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate.

The ASA Flight Training Scholarship, the Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship, the Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship, and the Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship were created to help student pilots succeed by easing the financial burden of flight training. AOPA began offering the scholarships in 2011 as part of its Flight Training Student Retention Initiative, designed to improve the training experience and help more student pilots earn a pilot certificate.

This year’s recipients are: Waner Del Rosario, Fort Myers, Fla. (ASA Flight Training Scholarship); Matt Metcalfe, Guntersville, Ala. (Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship); Thomas Newman, Brighton, Colo. (Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship); and Emma Quedzuweit, Weimar, Calif. (Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship).

Del Rosario looks forward to giving back to his community and furthering his commitment to promote general aviation.  Metcalfe wants to become a missionary pilot and educate young children on the joys of flying.  Newman, who serves in the Air Force Reserves, plans to eventually obtain an instrument rating. And Quedzuweit, who is in nursing school, wants to use her certificate to become a  missionary bush pilot.

“The process to select these scholarship winners was extremely difficult because we had such an impressive group  of applicants dedicated to achieving their first flight certificate,” said Brittney Miculka, manager of Prospective Pilot and Youth Outreach. “We thank the AOPA Foundation and the scholarship donors for helping us grow the pilot population and create strong ambassadors for general aviation.”

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