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Forney ISD AFJROTC Cadet Receives Flight Academy Scholarship

DuplisseyCadet Blane Duplissey, a junior in the Forney ISD Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program, is one of 200 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets worldwide to receive a Flight Academy scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC. More than 1,300 cadets applied for one of the 200 scholarships this year out of almost 120,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC programs at more than 870 high schools in the U.S. and overseas. Over the last three years, the Forney ISD JROTC program has had 5 of 6 cadets selected for this very competitive and prestigious program, with at least 1 each year.

Cadet Duplissey will travel to a university this summer, where he will complete up to 6 credit hours of aviation-related college coursework, aviation ground school, and approximately 40 flight hours over the course of 8-weeks. At the end of the program, Cadet Duplissey will have the opportunity to potentially earn his Private Pilot Certificate. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours and is valued at approximately $22,500.

The Air Force Junior ROTC 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 Certification, at no cost, during the eight-week summer course at partner universities. Cadet Duplissey will earn a college transcript but will not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or any other branch of service.

The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community, while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment.