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EAA106 2014 Youth Scholarship Winner - SHELBY SCORSE

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Shelby Scorse after flying the Citabria she rents from Urban Aviation of Sterling MA

The GREATER BOSTON EAA CHAPTER 106, with 200 members throughout New England, is proud to announce that SHELBY SCORSE of LUNENBURG, MA is one of three youth who have won an aviation scholarship.  This EAA106 scholarship covers tuition and airfare to attend the 8-day EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this summer. 

The annual EAA Chapter 106 Youth Scholarship was established in 2012 to expand the aviation knowledge of youth in New England who have demonstrated, through actions, not just words, their passion for aviation.  All three of this year’s scholarship winners are working to earn money to pay for their own flight lessons, yet have maintained A’s and honors in their academics. 

Shelby has logged over 18 hours of flight time – split between a Citabria 7ECA, a Cessna 150 and 172 – and pays for all her own flight lessons.  She started by working as a barn assistant, babysitter and math tutor, and now works a year-round job as a library assistant and a summer job at an ice cream shop. 

As one of only seven members of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) AV8RS Teen Advisory Council, Shelby says she “believes it is important to see that young people who are passionate about aviation have the tools that they need to succeed and the support group to build them up as both young adults and aviators.” The AOPA AV8RS Teen Advisory Council is developing new ways to reach teenagers and support them in their aviation goals.

Shelby takes high level math classes, took a meteorology class and will be taking honors physics next year. She says she is eager to attend the aviation camp to “learn about everything from building a plane to navigation.”

ESSAYS by 2014 EAA106 Youth Scholarship winner Shelby Scorse

Phase 1, Essay 1 -- How and when did you become interested in aviation?
I remember as if it was yesterday, my first flight with my dad at age four. He took me up in his Piper Warrior to show me the puffy clouds on a summer day. I loved looking down and thinking about why it was that everything had become so much smaller. That curiosity and the main character in a book I read when I was 13 sparked my passion to fly.

Phase 1, Essay 2 -- What actions have you taken to pursue your passion in aviation?
To date I have over 18 hours of flight time – split between a Citabria 7ECA, a Cessna 150 and 172. I pay for all of my own flight lessons through multiple jobs, including a year-round job as a library assistant and a summer job at an ice cream shop.
Knowing I wanted to finance my own flying, I began working and volunteering at age 13. I worked as a barn assistant and babysitter and volunteered as a math tutor and library assistant. The experience gained while volunteering allowed me to land the better paying jobs that I now have.
I am one of the seven members of the AOPA AV8RS Teen Advisory Council, where we are developing new ways to reach teenagers and support them in their aviation goals. It is important to me to see that young people who are passionate about aviation have the tools that they need to succeed and the support group to build them up as both young adults and aviators. My classes in school also reflect my interest in aviation. I take high level math classes, have taken a meteorology class and will be taking honors physics next year.

Phase 1, Essay 3 -- WHY do you want to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy? WHY should we select YOU?
My desire is to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy to learn about everything from building a plane to navigation. My acquired knowledge will be beneficial during our Teen Advisory Council Meetings. This academy experience will help me become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded person in contributing as a council member at AV8RS and achieving my goal to become a professional pilot.
You should select me for this scholarship because I am passionate about aviation and eager to learn. I will also be able to bring to the group my own experiences as a pilot in training and the hard work that is associated with the journey – which is completely worth it.

Because Shelby is taking flight lessons, we considered how she’s paying for those flight lessons:
From essay:  “Knowing I wanted to finance my own flying, I began working and volunteering at age 13. I worked as a barn assistant and babysitter and volunteered as a math tutor and library assistant. The experience gained while volunteering allowed me to land the better paying jobs that I now have.” and  “I pay for all of my own flight lessons through multiple jobs, including a year-round job as a library assistant and a summer job at an ice cream shop.”

Phase 2, Essay 1 -- What aviation goals (career or personal) do you have? Be realistic. . .
While in high school, I am earning my private pilot’s license with the goal of achieving my CFI rating prior to enrollment in a 4-year bachelor's degree program in aviation science. Receiving my CFI before college will allow me to instruct on campus to help offset costs. I plan to fly professionally as either a commercial or a corporate pilot.

Phase 2, Essay 2 -- Tell us about your top academic achievements & extracurricular activities.
I have maintained academic honor roll throughout both middle and high school while taking the highest level classes available to me. As one of the seven members of the AOPA AV8RS Teen Advisory Council, I contribute to the outreach towards aviation minded youths. I have been an assistant coach for the middle school cross-country team, a math tutor, and am a member a hiking club at my high school.

 

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