2017 is the first year of the scholarship program, and the winners have been selected. We would like to congratulate 3 outstanding individuals on this award and hope that the scholarship provides them a unique opportunity to expand their skillset and knowledge as a pilot on their way to a career in aviation.
Skills Enhancement Scholarship Winners (2)
Lisa began her aviation journey in late 2015 after a chance encounter with an airline pilot on the train during her evening commute. Her discovery flight reignited the fascination with aviation she’d had as a child, and she knew from the moment they leveled off that a career change was in her future. She achieved her private pilot certificate, instrument rating, and tailwheel endorsement in 2016 while balancing a full-time career. She started her professional aviation career as a CFI this fall, transitioning from a 12-year career in retail inventory management. She is genuinely excited about everything she has to learn from teaching as well as the opportunities it will provide her to make a difference for her students. From that very first pilot to all of those who have since taken the time to offer their advice, experience, and sofas, Lisa has been consistently amazed and humbled by the spirit of mentorship and giving back that is pervasive in the aviation community. It is this spirit that she hopes to embody as she continues her growth as an aviator. With this scholarship opportunity provided by the generosity of FullThrottle Aviation, LLC, she will be starting her commercial multiengine rating, an important next step towards her ultimate goal of the airlines.
Elizabeth was born and raised in East Tennessee. She grew up and worked on her family farm and knew by the time she was twelve that she wanted to fly. Her college search included several reputable schools, but she made her decision when she was selected for Middle Tennessee State University’s highest academic award, The Buchanan Fellowship. She spent the summer after graduation earning her private pilot certificate, and by 20 years old, she had also earned her instrument, commercial, and CFI. She is currently a CFI at the University Flight school, and plans to use the scholarship to pursue her multi-engine rating.
Airline Training and Orientation Program (ATOP) Scholarship (1)
Nathan is an aspiring pilot from Wisconsin. His father was an aircraft mechanic and introduced him to aviation at a young age. He prides himself on the fact that he has been to every EAA Airventure in Oshkosh since he was three years old. When Nathan was 17 years old, he obtained his private pilot certificate and has continued to gain ratings, obtaining his flight instructor certificate as well. Nathan is currently building hours to pursue a career in the airlines. He will use the ATOP scholarship to further my education and diversify his to be an exceptional pilot candidate for the airlines.