SAN CARLOS, Calif. — The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program congratulates its 2014 winners for successfully completing the program. Julie Korsmeyer and Stephen Schick, both of San Mateo, Calif., were chosen from a large pool of impressive applications to receive a complete primary flight training program including ground school, flight training, and all the corresponding materials and mentoring.
Julie and Stephen went from ground school to check ride in only five months — they started ground school in April, flight training in June, and finished up with their Private Pilot checkrides in August.
“This program has brought me so much more than I could have ever hoped for,” Stephen said. “Through Upwind I’ve become part of the world of aviation — its intrigue, its family, its spirit. In these last months, I’ve gained not only a license, but a key to a community and a lifestyle that will stay with me throughout the years.”
“The Upwind program was definitely a challenge,” Julie said. “It was a lot of hard work and there were a lot of expectations to meet. Working through it helped me understand the material better and strengthen my character. I feel that now I have an improved ability to persevere, which really makes the sense of accomplishment all the sweeter in the end.”
In partnership with San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC), the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program (Upwind) was created to promote piloting and general aviation, and to cultivate interest in aviation as a career. Each year Upwind will select one or more persons and provide them 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 recipients receive mentorship and guidance from other SCFC pilots, and enjoy many other social and flying activities.
For more information: http://sancarlosflight.com/upwind. The 2015 program details and application will be available in January 2015.