The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling more than $22,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college.
This year’s scholarship program was funded through the AOPA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and made possible by the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.
The winners are:
- Allison M. Adams of Kentucky, who is in her first year at Eastern Kentucky University pursuing an Aviation/Pro-Flight degree. She was awarded $8,150 which she will put toward her college tuition. Over the past four years she has volunteered more than 100 hours performing aircraft maintenance at the Capitol City Airport on Saturday mornings.
- Dylan J. Kuchan of Arizona, a high school senior at the East Valley Institute of Technology’s aviation program. He received $5,000 to complete his primary training and hopes to attend the University of North Dakota to pursue his dream of becoming an international airline pilot.
- Jason M. Preston of Pennsylvania, a junior at Avon Grove High School who soloed last November. He received $3,000 to complete his primary training. As founder of his high school’s aviation club, he “hopes to provoke positive social interaction and impact the demographic of the average age of aviators.”
- Nicholas J. Remele of Arizona, a sophomore at Arizona State University where he is pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He received $6,000 to apply toward his college tuition. He is an Eagle Scout and active in the Civil Air Patrol. He hopes to work at Lockheed Martin designing the next generation of military aircraft.