Battle Ground High School AFJROTC cadets receive aviation scholarships

Brooke Kirby at the controls of a flight simulator

Four Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Battle Ground High School will be flying high this summer after receiving scholarships to earn private pilot licenses. Nathanial Davis, Jarrett Huntington, Brooke Kirby, and Wyatt Moody are among only 200 AFJROTC cadets nationwide selected to receive scholarships from the Flight Academy Scholarship Program, a collaborative initiative between the United States Air Force and the commercial aviation industry intended to inspire and encourage high school youth to pursue aviation careers.

The program is an intensive 8-week summer aviation training program conducted at 11 accredited universities nationwide. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Private Pilot’s Certification and 12 college credits. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $22,500 and covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours.

“I’ve always known that I was interested in becoming a pilot,” said BGHS junior Jerrett Huntington. “Being awarded this scholarship feels like doors are flying wide open in front of me, and it’s a dream come true to have this opportunity.”

According to industry and military leadership, the United States is facing a looming pilot shortage crisis. Currently, Boeing predicts 6,000 civilian pilots will need to be hired each year for the next 20 years to keep up with demand, while military needs add at least another 2,000 pilots per year.

Overall, nearly 3,000 cadets applied for the 200 available flight academy scholarships. The scholarships are merit-based, with selection being determined by cadets’ grades, extracurricular activities and their results from the Aviation Qualification Test – a challenging exam that includes timed sections covering aptitude in math, map charting, logic, and aviation concepts and instrumentation.

Students Jarrett Hintington, Nathaniel Davis, and Wyatt Moody

“I’m immensely proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding cadets,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Woodrow, Battle Ground High School’s senior aerospace science instructor. “BGHS is fortunate to have four students selected to receive scholarships that will provide a first class opportunity to chart the course for their futures in aviation.”

The cadets are now waiting to find out which university they will be attending this summer. Current partnering universities in the Flight Academy Scholarship Program are:

  • California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
  • Delaware State University, Dover, DE
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
  • Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Salina, KS
  • Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • Utah Valley State, Orem, UT