Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash

We are proud to be hosting the 3rd Annual Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash, featuring the Epic Scholarship Bash community event and Epic Billfish Bash fishing tournament in support of the scholarship fund! Awarding over $70,000 in flight scholarships to Florida high school students in the last 3 years, the event draws hundreds of aspiring pilots, anglers, and aviation enthusiasts.


2017 Scholarship Winners

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

2018 Scholarship Bash Community Event

Join us at Epic Flight Academy on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 for food, fun, and flight as we award aviation scholarships to two deserving Florida high school students! The Scholarship Bash and Epic Student Reunion is open to the community and will feature Dustin’s Bar-B-Q, exhibits by sponsors, presentation of scholarships, silent auction, and raffle items. (Silent Auction is new this year! Items include a 9-day cruise for two on any of the American Queen Steamboat vessels/$7,500 value, 7-night stay for two including breakfast & dinner at the historic Cross Keys Hotel in Chatteris, England/$1,700 value, VIP tickets including “meet & greet” with country superstar Brad Paisley/PRICELESS!, and more!)

11:00am Bar-B-Q Lunch & Entertainment Begins
1:00pm   Scholarship Presentation by New Smyrna Beach Mayor
2:00pm   Aviation Scholarship Event Close

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!

2018 Aviation Scholarships

We are thrilled to have received many applications from Florida high school students for the 2018 flight training scholarships. The two scholarship winners will be announced at the Scholarship Bash Community Event by the New Smyrna Beach Mayor on Saturday, November 17th, 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.

2018 Scholarship Applications CLOSED

2018 Billfish Bash Offshore Fishing Tournament

**UPDATE** We have shifted the fishing tournament event dates to ensure offshore fishing ability for 2018 Epic Billfish Bash offshore participants. The updated schedule is as follows:

Thursday, November 15th – Captain’s Meeting
6:30pm Appetizers, Rules & Registration
Ocean Breeze Bar & Grill
521 Flagler Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Saturday, November 17th – Tournament Day 1
8:30am Fishing Tournament Lines In
3:00pm Fishing Tournament Lines Out

Sunday, November 18th – Tournament Day 2
8:30am Fishing Tournament Lines In
3:00pm Fishing Tournament Lines Out

Monday, November 19th – Fishing Tournament Awards Ceremony
Time TBD Cocktails, Appetizers & Awards
Location TBD

Fishing Tournament Registration Form

Questions about the 2018 Epic Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash? Morgan-Latten@EpicFlightAcademy.com

Wishing everyone the best of luck!

Aviation Scholarship & Billfish Bash

With thanks to our sponsors:

Textron Aviation



NSB Outfitters


Cross Keys Hotel in Chatteris, England


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!