Maria Favela, a rising senior at New Albany High School and a cadet with the Air Force Junior ROTC, is attending an eight week Flight Camp at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Favela received a scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base to participate in the program. The scholarship is valued at $20,000 and covers transportation, room and board, academic instruction, and flight hours. She is one of 120 AFJROTC cadets to receive the scholarship.
The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is designed to address the issue of pilot shortages both in the military and in civilian life. This program introduces students to the aviation atmosphere at a young age and allows them to earn their private pilot license
The program began May 29 and will continue through July 29. The daily agenda is rigorous because the classes and training accelerated so participants can finish the program and earn a license. “We fly every day, twice a day Monday through Saturday and have a regular class each day Monday through Friday,” Favela explained. “I have really enjoyed being a part of the program. Experiencing flight first hand has been amazing. I love flying and learning how to control the aircraft is a great experience.”