Epic Flight Academy hosted the 2nd Annual Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash Event on November 5th, welcoming hundreds of attendees for a day filled with vintage aircraft, presentation of Volusia County high school student aviation scholarships, and honoring the son of a valiant WWII pilot. Check out this recap video of the Awards Event:
Stay tuned to the event Facebook page for 2018 event details
Volusia County Aviation Scholarships
In the last few years, the aviation industry has undergone a significant shortage of qualified aircraft pilots and technicians. Thus, these scholarships were designed to help students, as well as the aviation industry, overcome the financial barriers of starting a career as an airline pilot.
With increased interest from qualified student applicants, and generous support of sponsors, the scholarship funds goal more than doubled from the 2016 event, allowing Epic to award a total of $50,000 to three recipients. New Smyrna Beach Mayor James Hathaway presented the flight training scholarships to the dedicated future aviators:
- Ryan Groel – First Place $30,000 Scholarship Winner – Atlantic High School
- Mitch Nathan, Second Place $15,000 Scholarship Winner – Father Lopez High School
- Skye Sobzack, Third Place $5,000 Scholarship Winner – Atlantic High School
Billfish Bash Fishing Tournament
The 2nd Annual Epic Billfish Bash offshore 2-day fishing tournament hosted teams from around the country competing for top prizes. Raising funds for the Volusia County High School aviation scholarships, the annual tournament supports local students in overcoming the financial barriers of pursuing their airline pilot career dreams.
Congratulations to the 2017 tournament winners:
- Wound Up – First Place Team
- Miss Emma – Second Place Team
- Right Hook – Third Place Team
This community event was made possible as a result of the contributions of our sponsors. We thank our sponsors for their generosity and willingness to partner with us for the 2017 Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash!