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80 students to receive $10,000 awards

AOPA is awarding 80 flight training scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to high school students ages 15 to 18. The scholarship program is a component of the AOPA You Can Fly program and is funded by the Ray Foundation.

Scholarship recipients may use the money for direct flight training expenses to pursue a primary pilot certificate. They must also complete a flight training milestone, achieving either solo or earning a primary pilot certificate, within one year of receiving a scholarship.

Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm ET, April 2, 2019. Apply here.

AOPA supports additional scholarships for aspiring pilots, current pilots and teachers. Learn more at

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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.