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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Win $3500 and Learn How to FLY!

“Have you ever dreamed of being a pilot? This year, the Arlington Fly In is awarding a $3,500 scholarship to a teen that would love to learn to fly.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old as of July 9th, 2011. To be considered, applicants must submit a written essay of at least 1,000 words, titled “Why I Want to Be A Pilot.” This scholarship is open to both US and Canadian citizens.

One winner will be awarded. The winner will be announced moments before Saturday’s singing of the National Anthem! The scholarship will be paid directly to the flight school of the winners choosing.

Winner will be selected on the following three criteria:

1. How well they articulate how they’ll use their flying skills to “do good to the world.”

2. They must be present at 9:30am - 1:00pm Saturday of the Arlington event.

3. Finalists will be notified and invited to a panel interview at 9:30am Saturday morning July 9th. The five pilot panel will select the winner by 11:30am and the winner will be announced just prior to the opening of the Saturday air show."

The above message was copied from 
Thank you Komo! 

For all those who are going to enter... leave a comment below and let me know. Because of course we're going to have celebration on this blog. Good luck to you all!

If you would like to learn how to enter the essay contest, click HERE

For more about the Arlington Event, click  HERE

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. That is awesome event.I am proud of you helping us to pursuit of dream to become a pilot.Thank you always.
    I have always dreamed of becoming an airline pilot since child(5 or 6 years old:P).
    Have a great day,Karlene san:)

  2. Hi Karlene,

    Is this application age-limited? (ie open to college-age/ graduate school students)? Thanks!

  3. Hi Jun, Thank you so much for your comment. If you lived here... we could enter your essay! Maybe your country could run a contest like this, too.

  4. Hi Anonymous, as far as I can tell, it's only a bottom age limit of 16. So... go for it! Good luck. Let me know how you do!

  5. This is a great opportunity. Thank you for offering this contest, my daughter is working on the essay. Crossing our fingers she wins :)

  6. Susana, Thank you so much! Keep me posted and best of luck to her. Also... check out June 7 post... she can win a great video!

  7. I attend Aviation High, and want to thank you for this information! I absolutely plan to fly, and have 6 hours toward my pilots license. Currently, I am enrolled in our schools ground school--and just love it ALL!!

    Safe travels! Aaron

  8. Does everyone that applied need to go to arlington on saturday or will the finalist be notified before hand?
    Thank you

  9. Aaron you are so welcome! Glad it could help.

  10. Yes... read number 2. You must be there. Good luck!


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