Okkodo High School student Scott Aflague now has his private pilot’s license and five college credits after completing a free eight-week training program sponsored by the US Navy.
Aflague was one of 20 juniors and seniors from across the country selected for the Navy’s Summer Flight Academy aviation training program, which ran from June 12 to August 5 at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.
The program is open to students participating in the Navy and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. It was created in 2021 to expand diversity in naval aviation.
As part of the program, the approximate cost of $24,000 is waived for students.
“The goal of the scholarship program is to expose outstanding minority students to a career path that currently lacks diversity,” said Cmdr. Chris “Frozone” Williams said in a press release. Williams is a Navy fighter pilot, instructor and former Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Naval Air Force.
Aflague completed the program and passed the Federal Aviation Administration written exam, completed 41.2 flight hours, and completed several solo flights to earn an FAA private pilot license and five college credits.
“Scott Aflague has what it takes to be a leader in aviation and the Navy is honored to have played a role in his personal and professional journey,” Williams said in the statement.