Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash

2017 Scholarship Winners

2017 Scholarship Winners (L-R) Ryan Groel, Mitchell Nathan, and Skye Sobzack

Epic Flight Academy is proud to be hosting the 3rd Annual Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash! Awarding more than $70,000 in flight training scholarships to Florida high school students in the last 3 years, the event draws hundreds of aspiring pilots. Airlines and aviation companies supporting the event through sponsorship are welcome to participate in the Scholarship Bash awards ceremony and compete in the Epic Billfish Bash fishing tournament.

2018 Scholarship Bash Community Event
Mark your calendar! Join us at Epic Flight Academy on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 for food, fun, and flight as we award aviation scholarships to two deserving Florida high school students! The Scholarship Bash is open to the community, and will feature Bar-B-Q, presentation of scholarships and fishing tournament awards, and Epic Student Reunion.

Epic Alumni: We invite you to come back and visit the Epic campus and enjoy a special celebration. Meet current students, catch up with fellow graduates, and see how much Epic has changed since you’ve begun your professional pilot career!

11:00am Bar-B-Q Lunch & Entertainment Begins
1:00pm Scholarship & Awards Presentation
2:00pm Event Close 2018 Aviation Scholarship

Apply Now

Florida high school students at least 16 years of age are welcome to apply for the 2018 flight training scholarships until Friday, November 2nd. The two scholarship winners will be announced at the Scholarship Bash Community Event by the New Smyrna Beach Mayor on Sunday, November 18th, during the Awards Ceremony at 1:00pm.

Each $5,800 scholarship includes flight instruction with a Certified Flight Instructor consisting of 20 hours of simulator training, 10 hours of aircraft training, 15 hours of 1-on-1 Ground School instruction, and enrollment in Schoology, our online learning platform.

Deadline November 2, 2018

Friday, November 16th – Welcome Party:
6:00pm Cocktails & Appetizers
7:00pm Fishing Tournament Registration & Details

Saturday, November 17th – Epic Billfish Bash & Dock Party:
6:00am Board Boat • New Smyrna Beach Marina
8:30am Fishing Tournament Lines In
3:00pm Fishing Tournament Lines Out
5:00pm Cocktails • New Smyrna Beach Marina

Sunday, November 18th – Scholarship & Awards Event:
11:00am BBQ Lunch Begins – Epic Flight Academy
1:00pm Scholarship Presentation by New Smyrna Beach Mayor
2:00pm Event Close

Students can apply by clicking here.

Download an entry form: EASBB Tournament Registration Form

Download a flyer about the event: 2018 EBB Flyer

Wishing everyone the best of luck!

Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash

With thanks to our sponsors:

Textron Aviation

Ameriflight Air Wisconsin Airlines

Piedmont Airlines


Scenes from prior years…

Epic Billfish Bash

When you love to go fishing and love supporting great causes! Getting ready to head out to open waters to support the Epic Billfish Bash!

Epic Scholarship Event 2017

Another great turnout in 2017 to recognize winners in the Epic Billfish Bash and award aviation scholarships to future aviators!


Jim Hathaway and Ryan Groel

New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway presenting scholarship award to Ryan Groel (2017)

Warbirds at Epic Flight Academy

Attendees enjoyed special events at the 2017 Epic Billfish Bash including a special appearance by vintage Warbirds!

Epic Scholarship Celebration

Dustin’s Bar-B-Q catered, hundreds attended, and everyone enjoyed!