During the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1494’s monthly breakfast, four pilots received scholarships to further their education.
Yevdokiya Glushchenko, a 16-year-old student at River’s Edge Christian Academy in Knoxville, is the 2022 Ray Scholar Nominee. The Ray Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship funded by the James Ray Foundation and administered through the EAA National organization and our chapter.
“I plan on following through with my ground training,” Yevdokiya said. “I hope to be a commercial pilot one day. (The scholarship) will alleviate all of the pressure from having to work a job, instead focusing my time on my flight training.”
Tyler Lane, 22, who serves with the Army National Guard, is receiving the first award of the new Chapter 1494 Veteran’s Scholarship and the Capt. Theodore E. Kryder Memorial Scholarship.
“I’m a medical assistant on the civilian side and the Army National Guard on the other side,” Tyler said. “I’m going to be using the veterans’ scholarship to get my private pilot’s license. I’ll use the GI Bill to push through on my aviation career to get my instrument rating and my commercial license.”
William (Liam) Postlewaite, a 16-year-old sophomore at Seymour High School in Sevier County, received a Chapter 1494 Scholarship.
“I feel honored to get a scholarship,” Liam said. “I know that there are other choices. It’s going to help me to get through my privates. I’m hoping to get the privates for the military to go through flight school and hopefully after that commercial.”
Abi Paschal, a 17-year-old junior at Jefferson County High School, is the first recipient of the chapter’s Dr. Bill Black Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established last fall by JB, Janet and Nancy Marshall in Black’s memory.
“I’m really thankful for the scholarship,” Abi said. “Hopefully, it will be able to get me to my first solo flight. I’ll be able to focus more on my flying and getting my private. I want to focus on commercial flying.”
In addition to donations received at EAA’s monthly airport breakfasts, several chapter members and local businesses have contributed to the flight scholarship program, most notably, SEI Construction, who funded a full $3,000 scholarship.
EAA Chapter 1494 is a local chapter operating under the national organization of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
The group is comprised of a wide variety of aviation enthusiasts. One of our chapter goals is to promote and encourage youth to experience flight through the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Another is to encourage and empower youth and young adults to pursue flight training, ideally earning their private pilot’s license.
This scholarship program was established to assist youth and young veterans to obtain their private pilot’s license through flight training at the Morristown Regional Airport. For more information contact President Karen Hughes-Collins at 865-274-2788.
Updates on Previous Scholarship Winners
• Ray Aviation Scholar Samuel Posth had his solo flight Jan. 15 and passed his written exam March 25.
• Ray Aviation Scholar Neva Poling earned her private pilot’s license Nov. 19, 2021.
• Chris Best had his solo flight Sept. 13, 2021.
• Both Isaiah Linkous and Nick Campolo earned their private pilot’s licenses. Linkous earned his June 6, 2021 and Campolo earned his license Oct. 27, 2021.
• Capt. Ted Kryder Advanced Scholarship Winner Ben Green flew his first Young Eagle Aug. 27, 2021.
• Kyra Bowers – Awarded EAA National Scholarship – Working toward solo flight
• Benjamin Green earned his private pilot’s license in 2021.
• Danielle Davis passed her written exams and is on the 99s Scholarship now.
• Ray Aviation Scholar Adam Gillespie earned his private pilot’s license in 2020.
• Connor Frasure earned his private pilot’s license in 2020.
• Jim Potts earned his private pilot’s license in 2020.
• Dakota Robbins earned his private pilot’s license in 2020. He is in the Middle Tennessee State University Pro Pilot Program.
• Elijah Cantin earned his private pilot’s license in 2021.
• Aiden Price earned his private pilot’s license in 2020. He is in the MTSU Pro Pilot Program.
• Tommy Cobble received his CFI/commercial/instrument certification through the MTSU Pro Pilot Program.
• Jimmy Albert earned his private pilot’s license. He is a senior at the University of Tennessee pursuing a civil engineering degree.
• Abbey Mantooth had her first solo flight. She is attending MTSU on a ROTC scholarship.
• Andrew Dutzy is a commercial pilot who is flying jets in Arizona.