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Scottsbluff High School Students Awarded AFJROTC Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarships

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that two Air Force Junior ROTC cadets have been selected to the AFJROTC Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship Program.  SHS AFJROTC Cadets Brooke DeSha and Paul Esparza-Garcia have received a scholarship to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program in the summer of 2019.  DeSha is currently a Senior at Scottsbluff High School and Esparza-Garcia is a Sophomore.

The cadets are two of 150 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 1,560 cadets applied for one of the 150 scholarships. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC at almost 900 high schools in the U.S and overseas. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The scholarship is valued at approximately $20,000.

The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. Those who participate in the program do not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or other branch of service, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military’s commissioning programs.

The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community, while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment.  Air Force Junior ROTC is in its first year at Scottsbluff High School.