Corsicana High School student, Jackson Hilmes, receives new AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship.
Jackson Hilmes, an 11th grade Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadet at Corsicana High School has received a scholarship to attend one of six partnering universities participating in a private pilot license training program over the summer of 2018.
Jackson Hilmes is one of 120 AFJROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 700 cadets applied for one of the 120 scholarships. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in AFJROTC at 892 high schools in the US 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 Fight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. AFJROTC has been charged by the Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force to bring back the “luster of aviation” to high school students and increase diversity in aviation fields.
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 AFJROTC 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. When looking to fill tomorrow’s career needs with the best candidates, there is simply no better place for the nation to look than AFJROTC!
Media needing more information on the AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship Program can contact the Maxwell AFB Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.