Benjamin M. Coopmans, a junior in the Air Force ROTC [Reserve Officer Training Corps] program at Lafayette High, received one of 200 scholarships to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program in the summer of 2020.
Coopmans was selected out of 2,275 cadets that applied for the scholarship valued at $22,500. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license.
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. 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.