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Flight training scholarship available

SEBRING - In order to promote youth aviation education and flight training, the Heartland EAA Chapter 1240 will award an $8,000 scholarship to an area high school, home school or college student.

The scholarship would be used for flight training needed to get a private pilot certificate and beyond, depending upon the student's ability and interest.

"The goal is to have the scholarship recipient solo within six months and their private pilot certificate within 18 months," a news release states.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must: Complete the scholarship application, which includes a 500-word essay on why they want to be a pilot and identify their future career goals relating to aerospace and aviation;

Complete an EAA Young Eagles or EAA Eagle Flight and register for the FAA Ground School online program offered through Sporty's Pilot Shop and EAA. Youth can become EAA members for free by completing a Young Eagles flight;

The scholarship candidate will be required to take an orientation flight with an EAA Chapter 1240 designated flight instructor.

"This flight will help determine the candidate's interest and potential ability to complete flight training," the news release states.

The student will also need to participate in an interview with the EAA Chapter 1240 scholarship selection committee. The selected candidate will need to pass the FAA student pilot medical physical exam;

Applicants also should be able to contribute their financial resources to complete the pilot training. The scholarship student will be responsible for 10 percent of the flight training cost and will to need secure an $800 deposit designated for flight training fees before any training begins.

This deposit will cover 10 percent of the first $8,000 in flight training costs. If the flight training is completed before the $8,000 is allocated, a pro-rated amount of the deposit will be refunded to the student;

Applicants also have to be currently enrolled in school and have a 3.0 GPA or better, and be able to read, write and speak English; be willing to maintain a diary of their flight training and share it with local media and EAA Chapter 1240; be willing to attend EAA Chapter 1240 monthly activities and meetings while participating in flight training; be willing to maintain a flight training schedule that will provide for a flight lesson at least once per week.

Flight training will not be effective if lessons are not scheduled consistently. Scheduling of flight lessons will require flexibility due to weather conditions;

and applicants have to be at least 17 years old with no criminal record

Applications are due by March 14.

For an application package or information, contact John Rousch at jhr@strato.net or 273-0522.