Applications now being taken for summer scholarship program

Applications are now being taken for the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which aims to transform a high school student into a licensed private pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year.

In partnership with San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) in San Carlos, Calif., the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program was created to promote piloting and general aviation, to cultivate interest in aviation as a career, and to address the nationwide pilot shortage, according to officials.

Upwind will select one person and provide them, free of charge, with everything they need to earn a private pilot license. This includes ground school instruction, along with all the necessary books, charts, and basic flight planning tools, as well as flight training with expert instructors. Additionally, the scholarship recipient will receive mentorship and guidance from other SCFC pilots, and enjoy many other social and flying activities, officials said.

The 2013 program winner will be selected in March and will begin training in April.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2013. To apply, download the application here.

The successful candidate must be a US citizen, a high school student at least 17 years of age before program completion, and have no criminal record prior to or during the program. The student is expected to maintain good grades and academic standing throughout the period, and to prioritize flight training second only after school work. During the program, he or she must earn above average results in ground-school tests and written exams; participate in other San Carlos Flight Center activities such as FlyOutGroup and monthly BBQs; share progress reports for the monthly newsletter; and participate in the selection and mentoring of the next year’s candidate.

For more information: or 650-946-1700.

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