By Cascade Warbirds | Press Release

The Cascade Warbirds’ introduction of their 2020 Scholarship winners was delayed by the difficulties of Covid-19, but the students’ progress certainly was not. All four have completed the ground school requirements leading to a private pilot license.

Harrison Pulido is from Lynnwood and a senior at Bothell High School. He hopes to become a commercial pilot as well as an aerospace engineer. While working full time to fund his college education, Auburn resident Riley Brux became the final scholarship winner to complete his ground school training.

Two of the scholarship awards went to young women this year. Candace Do, from Bellevue, was a 2020 graduate from Newport High School. She was also a Running Start student at Bellevue Community College. Inayah Farooqi, from Redmond, is a senior in The Cambridge Program at Juanita High School. With aspirations to become a professional pilot, she has been considering the US Air Force as a career step.

Students Pulido, Do, and, Farooqi completed their scholarship requirements and submitted their essays by September 30, thereby qualifying for the grant, which was awarded to Harrison Pulido.  Pulido has indicated he intends to pursue his flight training with nearby Snohomish Flying Service at Harvey Field.

Cascade Warbirds has teamed with several flight schools in the Puget Sound area to provide the scholarship recipient with tuition, books, supplies, and two introductory instructional flights. This scholarship is available for students between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of award. It is valued at $1,100 and several awards are made each year. Successful completion of this private pilot ground school will qualify the student to take the FAA private pilot knowledge test.

Recognizing the cost of the flight training required for a pilot’s license, the scholarship program offers an additional $2,500 Continuing Aviation Education Grant to one scholarship recipient who intends to earn their FAA private pilot certificate within the following year. Applicants must complete the ground school course, both introductory flights, and submit an essay by September 30 of the scholarship year. Funds are released to the winner of the best essay in stages as the recipient completes training milestones:  $1,000 after completing their first solo flight, $1,000 after completing their long solo cross-country, and $500 after earning the private pilot certificate.

Interested students, parents, and advisors should visit http://www.cascadewarbirds.org/scholarship.htm for the Scholarship Application.

Cascade Warbirds is Squadron #2 of EAA Warbirds of America and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of local aviation enthusiasts, many of whom are pilot-owners of historic military aircraft. With over 250 members and the largest squadron in Warbirds of America, Cascade Warbirds members are centered in the Puget Sound area, extending throughout Washington, and also from British Columbia to Nevada. It meets at the Museum of Flight in Seattle from October until flying weather returns in April. Its mission is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft (Keep ‘em Flying), to honor veterans, and to engage in aviation education.

On the web at http://www.cascadewarbirds.org.

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Cascade-Warbirds-fan-page-264274326946107/

For further information contact:  Kerry Edwards, 425-743-7733, cwbpr@frontier.com

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