One of the biggest obstacles encountered by aspiring pilots is the money to pay for the training. Joshua Roycroft from Johnston County, North Carolina, is receiving some help with that as the winner of the Fly Right Scholarship from Blue Line Aviation.
“The Fly Right Scholarship promises a sum of $100,000 to a high school graduate of Johnston County who showcases integrity, a positive impact, and the nomination of their teachers and peers,” the Smithfield-headquartered flight school said in a statement.
Ashley Tucker, vice president of sales and marketing at Blue Line Aviation, said the scholarship available to high school graduates was made possible by a donation, given directly to the flight school, from co-founders Trey and Kelsey Waters.
The prospective students submit an application, a copy of their school transcripts, and letters of recommendation. In addition to academic achievement and a desire to be a pilot, they must also demonstrate community involvement. Each application is reviewed by a selection committee.
“Joshua has shown his dedication to both his education and his local community and, through his hard work, has earned this award and the acclaim of his peers and educators,” said Trey Walters, who also serves as managing director of Blue Line Aviation.
Tucker added that Blue Line Aviation intends to make scholarship awards an annual event.
“There is also a second scholarship for $15,000 that can be applied toward our career pilot program,” said Tucker.
Blue Line Aviation was founded in 2012 in North Carolina but has since added a facility in Florida. The Blue Line fleet consists of single and multiengine Diamond aircraft and a Piper Archer.
Blue Line Aviation’s program is designed to be fast track.
“The clients are able to earn seven certificates and ratings, from private pilot up through multiengine instructor in as little as five and a half months,” she said. “They then have the option to work with us and build their hours before they go on to the airlines.”