Jailyn Rivera, a sophomore, and Garret Wyman, a junior, and both Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadets at Citrus High School, received scholarships to attend one of six partnering universities participating in a private pilot license training program over the summer of 2018.
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Rivera and Wyman are two of 120 AFJROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 700 cadets applied for one of the 120 scholarships. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in AFJROTC at over 880 high schools in the U.S and overseas.
Each scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The scholarship is valued at approximately $20,000.
The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. AFJROTC has been charged by the Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force to bring back the “luster of aviation” to high school students and increase diversity in aviation fields.
Those who participate in the program do not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or other branch of service, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military’s commissioning programs.
The mission of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community, while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment.