With the aim to help Orange Coast College students earn their pilot’s licenses, a private jet carrier with aircraft operations at John Wayne Airport recently established a scholarship made.
Clay Lacy Aviation, a company based in Los Angeles, plans to give away an amount of $15,000 to fund some of the aviation students at Costa Mesa college who are working toward completion of their pilot certification. The statement was issued by the company Vice President Scott Cutshall.
According to Cutshall, the decision came right after company officials pondered if there was someone out there who was being generous to extend help to the next generation of pilots. They replied with the scholarship instead.
The funds will be handled by the nonprofit arm of the Costa Mesa college, the Orange Coast College Foundation.
Students who are a part of the aviation program will be earning associate degrees for instrument, private, and commercial aviation. There are about 120 students who are enrolled in the program says Stanley Harriman, the aviator program coordinator and instructor for OCC.
The degree programs can be completed in 18 to 24 months. Many college students are already having a hard time paying for the cost of their education since aviation licenses can easily amount to thousands of dollars.
From start to finish, getting a license can cost up to $15,00 according to Harriman. The Federal Aviation Administration exam on the other hand is said to cost about $1,000.
Harriman says that flight training is expensive and that many students need all the financial help they could get if they wanted to get their pilot certifications. This he says is the reason why the scholarship was established – to help the aviation students keep on moving forward with their dream of becoming a pilot. With a commercial license, the students will be able to get a job as one.