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Arlington Fly-In offers scholarship

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Fly-In is returning to the Arlington Municipal Airport from July 6-10, and will be awarding a scholarship this year to a young person who wants to learn how to fly to use those skills to do good for the world.

Aviation organizations and individuals are being asked to make donations to increase the amount of the scholarship, which was last reported as approximately $3,500. The final amount will be announced at the Fly-In on July 9 when the winner will receive their award. Donors may choose to remain anonymous or be recognized publicly.

“The collective aviation community hopes to create an annual scholarship that will be given each year to a new student pilot,” said Travis Brandt, coordinator of the scholarship. “This is a great venue for pilots and flying organizations to share their love of flying and to promote using aviation for doing good. That’s how the winner will be selected.”

Applicants must be 16 years or older and U.S. or Canadian citizens. Each applicant must submit a written essay of 1,000 words titled, “Why I want to be a pilot.” The scholarship will be awarded based on who best articulates how they will use their flying skills to do good for the world, and who performs best in a panel interview with five veteran pilots chosen for the occasion.

The interviews will convene on the morning of July 9 and the winner will be selected immediately after the interviews are complete. The public announcement of the winner will take place just as the air show starts on July 9. The deadline for submissions is midnight on July 1.

Applications are being accepted online at www.komonews.com/about/events/122515189.html. For more information, contact Brandt by phone at 206-714-0029 or via email at travis.brandt@rocketmail.com.

 

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