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AOPA partners with Ross Perot Jr. to provide high school aviation scholarshipsAOPA partners with Ross Perot Jr to provide high school aviation scholarships

In its continued effort to introduce future generations to opportunities in aviation, AOPA has joined with noted business leader and aviation record-setter Ross Perot Jr. and The Academy of Aeronautics and Aviation Sciences at V.R. Eaton High School in Fort Worth, Texas, to establish a new series of scholarships for students interested in becoming a professional pilot or aviation technician.

AOPA has partnered with Ross Perot Jr. to establish a new series of scholarships to introduce future generations to opportunities in aviation. AOPA file photo.

The six scholarships will be awarded over the next three years at the academy. AOPA will collect and review scholarships, and administer the scholarship program.

“Our mission at AOPA to protect your freedom to fly is especially relevant in ensuring that we set a clear path for future generations of aviators,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Our work with Ross Perot Jr. and The Academy of Aeronautics and Aviation Sciences brings that vision to life in a very rewarding way.”

The public aviation academy at V.R. Eaton High School provides students the opportunity to take dual credit college courses in aviation mechanical technology and/or a professional pilot pathway.

Perot is a successful real estate developer and chairman of several companies, is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and undertook the world’s first circumnavigation in a helicopter at the age of 23. Through the Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. Foundation, he is a strong supporter of AOPA and its mission to reinforce high school science, technology, engineering, and math education through aviation.

“The Perot family is honored to support students to reach their ambitions in the competitive field of aviation and technology,” Perot said. “This scholarship program reflects North Texas’ strong aviation heritage, and it will help feed the future skilled labor needs of aviation partners at Alliance Texas and throughout the region, while helping students explore the industry and pursue their passions.”

“Even after this challenging past year, the aviation industry is forecast to need hundreds of thousands of new pilots and aviation technicians,” Baker added. “It is so important for AOPA to become part of the solution. With the help of generous donations to the AOPA Foundation, AOPA has also awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarship funding to 345 aspiring and enduring pilots over the years.”

For more information, contact [email protected].

Alyssa J. Miller

Eric Blinderman

Senior Director of Communications
Eric Blinderman is AOPA’s Senior Director of Communications. Eric joined AOPA after several years at marketing/public relations agencies in New York, and is diligently working toward his private pilot certificate.
Topics: AOPA Foundation, Scholarship, Career

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