Battlefield and Hylton High School Air Force JROTC cadets receive the 2019 Flight Academy scholarship from the US Air Force
Posted on 02/15/2019
Flight Academy designees, left to right -Col Vasenko, SMSgt Shuler, AS3 Hannah Morehead, AS3 Julian Kim, AS3 Reese Goetz (2018 FA grad), AS4 Conor McHugh, AS2 Ellie Knudson, AS3 Ashton Neff, Mr. Hintosh, and  Hylton cadet, Jennifer Molina

Four Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadets at Battlefield High School, and one AFJROTC cadet at Hylton High School received scholarships to participate in a private pilot license training program at an accredited aviation university in the summer of 2019. Battlefield also had one alternate recipient selected.

Battlefield’s program led Virginia’s 31 AFJROTC units in number of recipients, accounting for over half the state’s total selections, and garnered the second highest total for a high school out of the 892 worldwide units.

Cadet Conor McHugh, class of 2019, joins Julian Kim, Ellie Knudson, and Ashton Neff from Battlefield’s class of 2020 cadets, along with class of 2021 Cadet Jennifer Molina from Hylton, to accept the scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Cadet Hannah Morehead, also from the class of 2020, is one of 37 alternates selected for the scholarship.

AFJROTC instructors individually selected 1,560 cadets to apply for one of the 150 scholarships. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours required to earn a private pilot license. The scholarship is valued at approximately $20,000. The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is an 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.

Last year, Battlefield AFJROTC cadets Lindsay Cosby, class of 2018, and Reese Goetz, class of 2020, both earned their FAA private pilot licenses after receiving the scholarship. At just over 16 years old when he passed his flight evaluation, Reese Goetz is the youngest person ever to graduate from Liberty University’s flight academy. He plans to be a fighter pilot. Lindsay Cosby is one of less than 400 American women under the age of 21 who hold an FAA pilot’s license. She is now at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, working toward her commercial flight rating, with the goal of being an airline pilot.

The AFJROTC headquarters will match this year’s recipients to specific colleges and universities in the coming months.

The high-flying achievements of our AFJROTC cadets is Positively PWCS!