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9/11 flight training scholarship awarded9/11 flight training scholarship awarded

The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation, created in memory of the copilot on board United Flight 93 who with Captain Jason Dahl fought hijackers before the aircraft plunged into a Pennsylvania field, has awarded a flight training scholarship to high school student Tyniyah Harris of Atlanta.
High school student Tyniyah Harris shown with a training aircraft.

She plans to earn her private pilot certificate this summer and is active in a number of professional aviation organizations, including AOPA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Women in Aviation, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

The hijackers had apparently intended to crash the aircraft into either the U.S. Capitol building or the White House.

“I’m amazed and humbled at how supportive our contributors have been,” said Melodie Homer, founder and president of the organization. “It has meant so much to the young men and women who have been helped through our programs.”

The foundation encourages young adults to pursue aviation as a professional career.

“The continued support of the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation by friends, families and fellow employees touched by the events of September 11, 2001 have established a legacy and ensured future aviators’ dreams of flight will be achieved,” said Capt. Brian Florence of the foundation.

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.
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