A leap of faith later in life than most would dare put Charnell Walls on the path to her second career in aviation, and her story vaulted her to the top of the list when King Schools selected a flight instructor to reward with a substantial scholarship.
At the age of 50 Charnell Walls took an incredible leap of faith. She sold her house to be able to afford her dream of pursuing her ratings at the University of Oklahoma. “You hear about ‘second chances’ and ‘new starts’, but rarely about as bold a decision as Charnell Walls made,” said Martha King, co-founder of King Schools.
In March, King Schools founders John and Martha King presented Walls with the seventh edition of the Women in Aviation International and Martha King Scholarship for Female Flight Instructors to help Walls achieve her dream of becoming a CFI. The $5,000 award also includes lifetime access to the King Schools library, raising the value of the scholarship to more than $18,000.
"Charnell Walls is a truly remarkable person," said Martha King. "It has been a privilege to get to know her and it will be fun for us to watch her go forward."
Applications for next year’s scholarship will become available on the Women in Aviation International website in mid-2022. The Martha King scholarship is one of many that the company has created.