Epic Flight Academy’s 5th Annual Aviation Scholarship Awards in 2020

Epic Aviation Scholarship

$20,000 Scholarship – Private Pilot License
$5,000 Scholarship – Flight Training
$19,500 Scholarship – Aircraft Mechanics Program
$2,500 Scholarship – Current Epic Student

Epic Flight Academy prides itself on attracting top students, and we are looking for two excellent candidates for the 2020 scholarship awards: Full scholarship to earn a Private Pilot’s License (up to $20,000 in flight training) and a Partial Scholarship of $5,000 toward flight training. Our scholarships are open to all U.S. high school juniors and seniors. We will also be offering a full scholarship to a graduating senior to attend our Aircraft Mechanic Program ($19,500 value) this year.

New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen (right) presented Trace Martinson with a $20,000 scholarship. Bronwyn Rees (not pictured) received a $5,000 scholarship.

Awarding more than $100,000 to eight high school students in the last four years, we are excited to host the 5th Annual Epic Aviation Scholarship in Fall 2020 on Sunday, November 8th. The scholarship is supported by the Red Tails for Red Tails Fishing Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, November 7th.

Applications must be received by October 1, 2020

Scholarships will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must currently be a junior or senior attending high school in the U.S. (for flight training scholarships)
  • Must currently be a senior attending high school in the U.S. (for aircraft mechanic scholarship)
  • Must be turning 16 years of age or older on or before December 31, 2020 (flight training); must be 18 years old by time of completing program (aircraft mechanic)
  • Must be able to start training within 12 months of receiving the scholarship
  • Must be able to utilize the scholarship within 24 months
  • Must have parent or guardian’s approval if under 18 years of age
  • Must have consistent, reliable transportation to attend Epic Flight Academy or be willing to relocate here during training
  • Must be able to present a Third Class Medical (flight training)

Scholarship Application Details

Our goal is to give applicants the opportunity to provide top quality submissions and showcase their dispositions toward flying, goal-setting, and other qualities. In order to minimize technical difficulties and preserve formatting, the 2020 application primarily includes document uploads, rather than typing directly into data fields.

Applicants should first review the required elements of the 2020 Scholarship Application below. Then, once applicants have completed all of the following elements, they may use the application to enter general information and provide the items listed below.

  • Upload PDF document containing Community Service Involvement & Extracurricular Activities, including Organization/Affiliation, Date and Duration, and Location
  • Upload PDF document containing responses to both of the following Short Essay prompts:
    • Short Essay 1: What personal attributes would you look for in a scholarship applicant?
    • Short Essay 2: What is your motivation for your flight training goals/aircraft mechanic goals? (Include your goals.)
  • Upload 2 Letters of Recommendation: At least one must be from a high school teacher, counselor, coach, or other school official. Both Letters of Recommendation may be from teachers, counselors, coaches, or other school officials, if you wish to do so. Letters of Recommendation must not be from anyone related to you, including a guardian. Letters of Recommendation should be from adults who have served in a supervisory role to you. Please ensure that the Letters of Recommendation include the reference’s contact information.
  • Create YouTube Video: In two minutes or less, creatively explain why you feel that you are the strongest candidate to receive a scholarship. Upload the video to YouTube, and be prepared to provide the link in the application.
  • Upload Aviation-Related Photo: Provide us with an aviation-related photo of yourself in either jpg, jpeg, or png file format.


The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2020. 


Scholarship FAQs:

How many scholarships will be awarded in 2020? We will be awarding flight scholarships to two U.S. high school students and a mechanic scholarship to one U.S. high school senior this year at the scholarship event at the Epic Flight Academy campus. We will also award $2,500 to a current Epic student.

If I’m unable to attend the Scholarship Awards Presentation, am I still eligible for the scholarship? While we do hope recipients are able to attend the Scholarship Awards Presentation to celebrate their accomplishment, attendance is not required for those with extenuating circumstances.

What is included in the scholarship application? The application consists of several short essay questions, your current high school information, community service, letters of recommendation, a video, and a photo.

Do I get additional points for submitting my application earlier that other applicants? The date an application is received carries no weight in the scoring process, as long as the application is submitted by the October 1st deadline.

When will I know if I’ve been selected for the final round? Final round applicants will be notified by October 15th.

What is the next step if I’m chosen for the final round? Final round applicants will participate in a phone interview with a panel of judges who will determine the scholarship recipients.

Do I need to visit Epic Flight Academy in order to be eligible? It is important that applicants explore all that Epic Flight Academy has to offer and ensure our flight school is a good fit. We’d love to have applicants visit our campus, but we understand that scheduling a visit involves much coordination and can be a challenge. If you are unable to visit our campus, don’t worry! Contact our Admissions Team for a virtual tour and an abundance of information. You can also learn a lot here on our website.

Will I get additional points for visiting Epic Flight Academy? Applicants that visit Epic Flight Academy do not receive any additional points or consideration in the scoring process.

What time is the scholarship award event? We will celebrate at Epic beginning at 12:00 noon. on Sunday, Nov. 8. There will be raffles, silent auction, aerial aerobatics, games, food trucks, and more. The awards will be presented around 12:30.

Russ Owen and Nick Antedomenico
New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen (L) presented scholarships to 2018 Winners Nicholas Antedomenico (R) and Julio Cejas (not pictured)
2017 Scholarship Recipients (L-R) Ryan Groel, Mitchell Nathan, and Skye Sobzack
Danny Perna and recipient
2016 Scholarship Recipient Victoria Taranowski and Epic CEO Danny Perna

Epic Aviation Scholarship Contact: Dr. Cindy Lovell

Interested in becoming a 2020 sponsor? Contact us!

Learn about our fishing tournament to support scholarships!

With Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors:

Textron Aviation
Air Wisconsin
Daytona State College
Epic Flight Academy 2019 Aviation Scholarship Sponsors

2019 Epic Aviation Scholarship Winners

Trace Martinson
Bronwyn Rees

2018 Epic Aviation Scholarship Winners

Nicholas Antedomenico
Julio Cejas

2017 Epic Aviation Scholarship Winners

Ryan Groel
Mitchell Nathan
Skye Sobzack

2016 Epic Aviation Scholarship Winner

Victoria Taranowski