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The Woodlands HS Student Receives Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Scholarship

By Gabi Nix, TWHS Senior & AFJROTC Public Affairs Officer

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (February 9, 2024) – An Air Force Junior ROTC cadet at The Woodlands High School has earned a scholarship to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a Private Pilot Certificate training program in the summer of 2024.

Junior Cadet Ainsley Frye was one of only 171 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world competitively selected to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. More than 1,000 cadets applied for the opportunity. There are almost 120,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC programs at approximately 870 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 Certificate. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $22,500.

The Air Force Junior ROTC 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. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot Certificate, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities. Those who participate in the program will earn a college transcript but do not incur a military commitment.

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.