Tivy High School junior receives Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy scholarship

Cadet Lee McDonald, an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet at Tivy High School, has received a scholarship to attend an accredited aviation university to participate in a private pilot license training program in the summer of 2020. 

Cadet McDonald, a junior, is one of only 200 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 2,575 cadets applied for one of the 200 scholarships.

"What a blessing and an honor to be selected to participate in this unique program,” McDonald said. “Ultimately, I want to serve our nation as an officer and pilot in the Air Force and this is a huge step in that direction. I couldn't have gotten here without teachers and mentors who have inspired and challenged me to achieve more than I could have alone." 

The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is 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, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military’s commissioning programs.

Cadet McDonald’s training university will be identified soon. 

"We are so proud for Lee on his selection to the Air Force Chief of Staff's AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship Program,” said Colonel Bobby Woods, leader of Tivy High School Air Force JROTC.

“His hard work, dedication, enthusiasm for aviation, and his never quit spirit has paid off. AFJROTC offers our youth real opportunities and pathways toward making dreams a reality. We know he will represent all of us very well."

There are more than 125,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC at almost 900 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 license.

The scholarship is valued at approximately $22,500.

Cadet McDonald is the second Tivy student to receive the scholarship after Cadet Maria Hall last year.

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.

Photo Courtesy of Mike Keith.