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EAA Names Gathering of Eagles Flight Training Scholarship Recipients


Samantha Horne
Samantha Horne

May 28, 2013 - EAA is proud to announce the six recipients of its 2013 Gathering of Eagles flight training scholarships, led by Samantha Horne, of Kissimmee, Florida, who received $7,500 to pursue her dream of flight.

Six runner-up scholarships were awarded in the amount of $1,500 each to use toward flight training as aspiring pilots begin their journey from dreamers to aviators. Gathering of Eagles scholarships, available to all Young Eagles who complete the Sporty's Learn to Fly online course, are funded by monies raised at the annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

"Thank you for awarding me your extremely generous Gathering scholarship," Horne told EAA. "Your generosity will enable me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a certificated pilot." She plans to train at Sunstate Aviation in Kissimmee.

Applicants for the Gathering of Eagles Scholarships must be between 16 and 20 years old, must have completed a Young Eagles flight in addition to the Sporty's course, and must submit a 750-word essay describing how the scholarship will make their dream of flight possible and positively impact their future.

Eric Beets Devin Burroughs Claire Cassel Zachary Kant Jacob Schindler Chris Stecki
Beets Burroughs Cassel Kant Schindler Stecki

Six runners up received $1,500 scholarships to pursue flight training at a facility of their choosing. They include:

  • Eric Beets, of Burlington, Wisconsin, training at Westosha Flying Club in Burlington
  • Devin Burroughs, of Lebanon, Oregon, training at Lane Community College in Eugene
  • Claire Cassel, who plans to train at Sunquest Aviation in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Zachary Kant, of Franksville, Wisconsin, training at Centurion Aviation Services in Racine
  • Jacob Schindler, of Lakeville, Minnesota, training at Air Trek North in Lakeville
  • Chris Stecki, of Loveland, Ohio, training at Victory Aviation in Hamilton, Ohio

To apply for an EAA flight training scholarship, visit EAA's youth programs scholarships page to view a list of all available scholarship opportunities.


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