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Wasatch HS Cadets Receive Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Scholarship

Wasatch HS Cadets Receive Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Scholarship

Two Air Force Junior ROTC cadets at Wasatch High School have received scholarships to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program in the summer of 2021.

Cadet Jacob Jenkins (junior, 3rd-year cadet) and Cadet Rosalyn Giese (junior, 1st-year cadet) are two of 230 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. More than 1340 cadets applied for one of the 230 scholarships. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC at almost 875 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.

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. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot’s Certification, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities. This incurs no military commitment while providing a college transcript. 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.

The Flight Academy program started in the summer of 2018. Eligible cadets (minimum 3.0 GPA, minimum 50 of the PT Test, and be at least 17 by 1 July of the summer class) can apply in the fall. The applications are scored and boarded prior to selection. The board looks at principal and JROTC instructor recommendations, their PT test score, extra-curricular activities, and most importantly, their score on the challenging Aviation Qualification Test (multiple choice timed tests on math and aviation-related topics).

Cadet Giese Both Jacob and Rosalyn are active cadets in the AFJROTC program. Jacob has been part of the cadet corps since his freshman year. He has been a member of the Drill Team and is currently the commander, plus he is part of the Raider, Marksmanship and Academic Bowl Teams. Rosalyn joined the program this past fall and is active in Drill, Raider and Academic Bowl teams as well, plus the JROTC service projects. They are now getting some administrative actions done and figuring out what school they want to attend this summer (there are 23 universities participating in Flight Academy).

Cadet Jenkins Cadet Jenkins is very excited about being selected. “From the time I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I knew I wanted to be a pilot,” he said. “The Flight Academy has granted me that wish early!”

Cadet Giese is also excited about Flight Academy. “I am so grateful to be chosen to attend this wonderful opportunity,” she remarked. “I have worked hard to be ready for this program and am thankful for teachers and experiences in my life that have prepared me—and most recently the JROTC program at Wasatch HS.”

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.  AFJROTC has been at Wasatch HS since Fall 2017 and is open to any high school student grades 9-12. It is never too late to join and be part of this amazing program. There are several extra-curricular programs cadets can participate and compete in. Plus, there are programs like Flight Academy and other scholarship opportunities that are only open to AFJROTC cadets. For more information, please contact the instructor, Lt Col (ret) Denise Harris at denise.harris@wasatch.edu.

Congratulations to Jacob and Rosalyn. We look forward to hearing about your summer adventures. Go Wasatch!