In addition, the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship was designed to introduce the world of aviation to someone who would benefit from experiencing the joy of flight. This scholarship is intended to fund introductory flight training to encourage achievement of a stated goal, whether in aviation or in another field of study. There is no prerequisite flight training required for this scholarship, just enthusiasm and the desire to learn. One Dreams Take Flight Scholarship award of $500, again funded in the memory of Rick Dahl, was awarded to Jamie (full essay here).
We wanted to take a minute to tell you about the man behind the award, as shared with us by Jennifer Jordan, who arranged for the funds in memory of her friend, Rick Dahl.
|"[Rick] being a goofball."|
From the beginning of my flying days, he was my biggest cheerleader. The day I soloed, I also did a long cross-country with my instructor. Rick met me at an airport, and we celebrated together with breakfast. It was one of the proudest days of my life, and I could see the pride and happiness in his eyes.
|Jen in green tee to right|
It was an honor and a privilege to donate scholarship funds this year, and to help with the process of selecting winners. Each and every applicant brought joy to my heart. The future of aviation is very bright."
Thank you, Jen, for your generosity in giving funds to Girls With Wings that you could use toward your own flight training, and many thanks to Rick for his support of you. We can all use a cheerleader and a friend to keep an eye on us.