Epic Flight Academy awards $70,000 in aviation scholarships


Epic Flight Academy celebrated its 7th Annual Aviation Scholarship and Career Fair by awarding $70,000 in scholarships to five high school students on Saturday, November 5. Students from 13 states applied. Epic awarded three pilot scholarships and two aircraft mechanic scholarships. Career fair sponsors and attendees included: Air Wisconsin, Ameriflight, Breeze Airways, Cessna/Textron, CommuteAir, Daytona State College, Envoy Air, FEAM Maintenance & Engineering, Fly Exclusive, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, Ravn Alaska , Republic Airways, Silver Airways, SkyWest Airlines and United Airlines. Piedmont Airlines donated $5,000 to provide an additional pilot scholarship.

2022 Scholarship Winners

  • Landon Bosco is from Port Orange, Florida. He received a $5,000 flight training scholarship. Landon is a junior at Spruce Creek High School and has been involved in ROTC, sailing and diving. A pilot encouraged him to learn to sail, explaining that an airplane’s wing works much like a sail. Thus, he learned to sail and even won a sailing regatta as part of a sailing team.
  • Ethan Harpending is from Knoxville, Tennessee. He attends Christian Academy in Knoxville and will graduate in 2023. He received a $20,000 scholarship to attend Epic’s aircraft mechanics program. Ethan shares a passion for aircraft maintenance with his older brother, a project engineer at Lockheed Martin, and hopes to one day work with his brother.
  • Roland Ireland hails from Oxford, Florida, where he is a junior at The Villages Charter High School. He received a pilot training scholarship of $5,000. Roland is a member of the Science National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and many other organizations. He has done a lot of volunteer work in his community.
  • Aaron Perez is from Cape Coral, Florida. He graduated earlier this year from North Fort Myers High School. Aaron worked last summer at an FBO before enrolling at Epic because he was determined to become an aircraft mechanic with or without a scholarship. Aaron’s letters of recommendation described his determination and commitment, which Epic can now vouch for. He received a $20,000 scholarship.
  • Austin White is a senior at TR Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida. Austin received a $20,000 flight training scholarship. He has been involved in Scouting for years, even receiving the Eagle Scout Award, and has an impressive record of community service. He served in the Tampa Mayor’s Youth Corps and was elected to the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council where he is currently a top leader. Her letters of recommendation praise her hard work and commitment to her community.

Epic Flight Academy was established in 1999 and trains pilots and aircraft mechanics. Epic began awarding scholarships to US high school students in 2016. To date, Epic has awarded over $280,000 to 20 high school students. Epic is based in New Smyrna Beach with a satellite location in Ocala, Florida.

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