December 24, 2018 - There was a big celebration at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport as four more Ray scholarships were awarded.
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) on the SUN ‘n FUN campus of the airport announced the recipients of the James C. Ray Scholarship. Each recipient joined the elite list of high school students who received their private pilot certificate prior to graduation. Although each recipient took a different path, they are all deserving of the scholarship and the honor that comes along with it.
Peter Rust, 17, is already pursuing the coveted IFR certificate. Rust hopes to join the U.S. Air Force after graduation.
As President of the Unmanned Squadron Club, Scottie Larson, 17, is already taking the first steps in pursuing a profession in Aviation Managment. Larson is a well-rounded student, even playing on the school golf team.
Sean Stoltz, 17, is interested in becoming a commercial airline pilot after finishing his schooling. As a member of the Lakeland Aero Club, Stoltz is also a fan of the Blue Angels and may consider joining the military after graduation.
Phillip Barr, 17, is also a member of the golf team as well as the National Honor Society. Barr hopes to explore the field of aerospace engineering.
Stoltz, Rust, and Larson all attend the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the SUN ‘n FUN campus. Barr is a student at the George Jenkins High School Engineering Academy.
The scholarship is open to all residents of Polk County. The students were congratulated in person by both Eric Washburn, the Flight Scholarship Coordinator for the Aerospace Center for Excellence and John “Lites” Leenhouts, CEO of the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In. Leenhouts acknowledged that although the students achieved a similar milestone, their success will allow them to go on to pursue a variety of career paths as a result of their hard work and dedication.
POSTED BY: SVILEN PETROV