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Aviation scholarship available for private pilot’s license

Special to The Clinton Courier

Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Chapter 276, which is based at John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond, is looking for applicants for the Ray Scholarship, which is awarded to EAA chapters that have obtained certain status in the organization and have won the scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarship must have a high interest in aviation and in obtaining their pilot’s license. The scholarship, valued at eleven thousand dollars, is to be used for primary training. The local chapter will award the scholarship to an individual who exhibits strong potential for success at obtaining their private pilot certificate.

Applicants should have a strong interest in aviation, good moral character, evidence of a good work ethic, and success in goal-oriented endeavors. The applicant should be seventeen years of age at the time of the award and be able to complete training prior to the age of twenty-one.

Applicants who wish to apply should provide a curriculum vitae and an essay on why they are interested in aviation and what they plan on doing with the private pilot certificate. Of the four previous scholars, the first is at Delta State and is pursuing a career in aviation after finishing his associate aviation degree at Hinds CC. The second scholar just finished high school at the Mississippi School for Math and Science. He graduated number one in his high school class and has been accepted into the first-year class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained his private pilot’s license while a sophomore at Clinton High School.  The third scholarship recipient is currently in her training, and our fourth recipient is about to take her check ride for her private pilot’s license.

Curriculum vitae and essays are being accepted through the end of June. Applications should be given to Michelle Jackson, Manager at John Bell Williams Airport, or David B. Wheat, M.D. at Clinton Family Care.

For more information, call Dr. Wheat at 601-924-1877 or Michele Jackson at 601-857-3884.

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