The Aerospace Center for Excellence awarded $110,000 in college scholarships to eight aviation students and selected Lakeland Aero Club Vice President and graduating Central Florida Aerospace Academy student Sean Stolz as the class of 2020's overall "Top Gun."
Stolz’s nameplate was added to the fuselage of a Grumman F–14 Tomcat military jet on display outside the school grounds to serve “as inspiration for the underclassmen” of the nearby learning institution. Stoltz plans to major in aviation meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while pursuing an A&P certificate.
A June 11 ceremony recognized all eight students with renewable yearly scholarships in amounts varying from $2,500 to $5,000 depending on their county of residence in Florida, with the larger awards going to Polk County residents.Financial donors included the Ray Foundation, which also helps fund the AOPA You Can Fly scholarships.
The additional Central Florida Aviation Academy students who were awarded scholarships are: Noel Bell, who plans to pursue aviation management at Southeastern University; Isaac Castallanos, who plans to pursue aerospace science at Polk State College; Jonathan Fortin, who plans to pursue aerospace science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Colin Jimenez, who is currently completing his private pilot certificate; Christopher Lopez, who plans to pursue aerospace engineering at the University of Florida; Autumn Richarz, who plans to pursue aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Tyler Wood, who plans to pursue aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.