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Spring training: Applications open for 2012 scholarshipsSpring training: Applications open for 2012 scholarships

AOPA is accepting applications for three $5,000 flight training scholarships to be awarded in the spring at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.

Student pilots working toward a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online for the AOPA Flight Training Scholarship, Erral Lea Plymate Memorial Scholarship, and Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship through Feb. 10.

AOPA began offering the scholarships in 2011 as part of its Flight Training Student Retention Initiative, designed to improve the flight training experience and help more student pilots succeed in earning a pilot certificate. The first round of scholarships was awarded at AOPA Aviation Summit in September.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals, and demonstrated commitment to flight training. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen at least 16 years old, and hold a student pilot certificate but not yet have passed the practical test. Complete eligibility requirements are available online.

Applicants only need to fill out the form once to be considered for all three scholarships; all applications must be submitted online, along with two recommendations, by the Feb. 10 deadline. The scholarships will be awarded at Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, March 27 through April 1. The winners will be notified prior to Sun ’n Fun, but do not need to be present to accept the award.

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