Maxwell AFB, AL (April 12, 2024) – Cadet Lt. Col. Kaylee Tomey, an Eleventh Grade Air Force Junior ROTC cadet at Lewis County High School has received a scholarship to attend Elizabeth City State University to participate in a private pilot license training program in the summer of 2024. Cadet Tomey is one of 248 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. 1,162 cadets applied for one of the 248 scholarships. There are more than 85,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC at more than 830 high schools in the U.S and overseas. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The scholarship is valued at approximately $27,000. 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. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot’s License, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities. This incurs no military commitment while providing a college transcript. 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. The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is developing citizens of character.