Careers in Aviation has announced that the recipient of the 2008 Flightline Group Scholarship is Saul Meza from Chicago, IL. The $2,500 scholarship was open to students expressing a financial need and with an aspiration toward undertaking flight training or education in the pursuit of a career in aviation.
Meza is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. Meza said that his fascination for flight took hold when he was in his high school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
“Growing up in an inner city neighborhood can give one a false sense of hopelessness…but, like my parents, I vowed to seize every opportunity to reach my dream of receiving my degree, becoming a flight instructor, and eventually becoming a corporate pilot. Most kids like me don’t believe that attending college or university is available to them. By reaching my goals, I would like to lead through example and demonstrate to these kids that hard work and persistence will take over when luck is cut short,” Meza said. “I dream of flying professionally in the corporate industry…realizing corporate pilots are well rounded and deal with much more than aviation, I embrace the business aspect of flight.”
Meza said he will apply his scholarship toward flight time and completion of his degree.
“We are proud that the Flightline Group Scholarship will assist a bright, hardworking, and determined person, who is looking forward to giving back to his home community,” said C. Daniel Langston, Flightline Group president. “The selection committee had a difficult decision with over 70 qualified applicants. We congratulate all applicants on their dedication and hard-work and encourage them to continue the pursuit of their dreams.”