More than 120 high school students and teachers, primary student pilots, and pilots working toward advanced certificates and ratings have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1.1 million through the AOPA Foundation thanks to generous donations from the Ray Foundation and the pilot community.
Scholarships funded by the Ray Foundation went to 80 high school students and 20 high school aviation teachers, who will each receive $10,000 for training toward the private pilot certificate. Generous donations to the AOPA Foundation from the pilot community funded an additional 17 primary flight training scholarships and seven advanced rating scholarships of varying amounts.
The scholarships, which are available exclusively to AOPA members, are part of the AOPA You Can Fly program, a collection of initiatives to build a larger, more vibrant pilot community.
High school students and teachers can use the funds for the private, sport, or recreational pilot certificate, and recipients must either solo or earn their certificate within one year of getting the scholarship.
The primary flight training scholarships were open to members at least 16 years of age and range from $2,500 to $7,500 for training toward the private, sport, or recreational pilot certificate. Advanced rating scholarships range from $3,000 to $10,000 and can be applied toward the instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, certificated flight instructor and instrument instructor certificates, and multiengine instructor certificate.
“We not only want to help people get started with their primary training but also continue their training for more advanced certificates and ratings to promote safety and careers in aviation,” Rudinger said.
“Congratulations to all of our deserving scholarship winners!”
|Aiden McDonnell||Alexander Roller||Alexander Scardigno||Anastasia Rogachevsky||Annika Petras|
|Austin Lane||Autumn Rhodes||Autumn Smith||Bailey Wells||Benjamin Epperly|
|Brandon Cianfaglione||Brandon Vance||Bronson Housmans||Bryan Erdy||Cameron Gibson|
|Caroline Davis||Carter Long||Charles Stembler||Chattada Viriyaphap||Christine Curry|
|Colton Woodruff||Connor Shapiro||Dev Patel|
|Dillon Muth||Dylan Kooima||Dylan Park||Elizabeth Witte||Emma Lobash|
|Ethan Everhart||Ethan Peterson||Evan Iverson||Grace Eger||Grace Kahon|
|Graham Shunk||Guillermo Espanola Jr.||Isaiah Gershon||Jackson Allen||Jacob Fordyce|
|James Adkins||James Leonard||John Hoecher||Joshua Brown||Kareena Sandhu|
|Katelyn Villa||Katelyn Watson||Kevin Sanders||Kyler Brazukas||Landon Arnett|
|Levi Hipple||Madeline Barnes||Mark Sedlak|
|Maxwell Coletta||Mehul Dhillon||Michael Hammer||Michael Kemper||Nathanael Cartwright|
|Nicholas Savage||Noah McFarlane||Owen Colombo||Rachel Rosenzweig||Riley Marsh|
|Rockwell Tobler||Roman Thomas||Rory Schultz||Ryan Plaskoff|
|Ryan Wozniak||Sage Nelson||Sam Schaeffer||Samuel Maxwell||Samuel Savitt|
|Selma Mujezinovic||Seth Baham||Taryn Olson||Tristan Dawson||Tyler Highfield|
|Umar Badami||Weston Barringer||Zachary Buddelmeyer||Zachary Brown||Zachary Stevenson|
|Aaron Cook||Daniel Lewandowski||Donald Williams||Derek Rowe||Brandon Blair|
|Armin Jahr||Erik Haggard||Kerry Breinlinger||Michael Barker||Eric Filardi|
|Danny Acord||Joseph Konopinski||Kevin Conant||Kristopher McNeil||Shannon Murphy|
|Stephen Rogers||Jerome Frederick Jr.||Eugene Poole||Philip Vanover||Todd Remenaric|
|Katherine Reynosa||Daniel Jordan||Kaitlyn Doherty||Matias Martinez-Ekkel||Chloe' Litteral|
|Michael Pacaha||Alex Lahasky||Shane Miller||Grant Beaty||Madison Seymour|
|Laura Burckhardt||Sebastian Conklin||Jeremy Thomerson||Derrill Gifford||Rachel Meitler|
|Brendan Russell||Mason Nunamaker|
|Mary Ross||Carolyn Hunker||Russell Newman||Jason Coombs|
|Ethan Beswick||Stephanie Baynes||William Barker|
The You Can Fly program, including various scholarship programs, and the Air Safety Institute, are funded by charitable donations to the AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. To be a part of the solution, visit www.aopafoundation.org/donate.