Happy end of the semester everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor on all your finals. Also, some big congratulations to those of you who are about to graduate, I’m sure that it’s an exciting time for you and your family, and I wish you all the best of luck on the next chapter in your life. With the semester ending, that also means that my time for blogging will end, and for this week’s post I would like to share with you all why if you’re a college student (or a senior about to start their college career) I want to encourage you all to apply for the 2017-2018 Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship, as well as looking back on some of my blogs from this past year.
Now it’s no surprise to anyone that college is expensive! Especially being an aviation major. Around this time last year, I was looking all over the internet for scholarships, and other opportunities to help pay for my college expenses and flight fees for the 2016-2017 school year, and that’s when I found out about the Calvin L. Carrithers Scholarship and decided to go ahead and apply for it. Once I got my essay, and letter of recommendation; I applied for the scholarship. Luckily for me I had applied for a few other scholarships, and if there’s one thing I will recommend is to create a personal folder on your laptop because for the most part aviation scholarships will have the same or close to the same topic (examples include what are some short and long term goals, why did you choose aviation as your major, what got you interested in flying) so keep that folder instead of having to retype the same essay over and over.
A few months had passed and I had received a lot of email that I think we are all too familiar with saying “thank you for applying, but we didn’t select you as a recipient, or we encourage you to reapply next year” and believe me I got plenty of those. Then one day I received an email from Lydia Wiff (the scholarship curator) saying that I was selected as one of the recipients for the 2016-2017 Scholarship, and I was elated to finally receive some good news.
Looking back at all my blog post, I’m glad I decided to and was given the opportunity to share with you all my aviation experience over the course of this past school year. From learning advanced maneuvers, flying with the OU flight team and competing with them, to learning basic IFR flying, and attending my end of the year department banquet, I’ve come to realize just how much I’ve achieved and accomplished this past school year in my flying career. Not only that, but my blogging has also allowed for the University of Oklahoma aviation department to use my blogging as a way of promoting our program and to get students who are thinking about a career in aviation to visit our program.
Now I know what you all are thinking, “the scholarship committee will only choose four winners and there will probably be hundreds of applications, there’s no way they will choose me”, and truthfully, I felt the same way; but here’s the thing you don’t know unless you apply. In all honesty, I had completely forgot that I had applied for Calvin L. Carritehers Scholarship, until I received the email from Lydia. Here’s also possibly something that you are telling yourself, “It’s just 1,000 dollars that will only help somewhat with my expenses, and believe it or not that 1,000 dollars can actually do wonders for you. First off, it’s free money!!(who doesn’t love that) next that money could be used for a lot of things. For me personally 1,000 dollars can do a lot like paying for some of my flight fees, rent, food, tuition, books; basically, there’s a lot of things you can do with that amount of money so don’t waist the opportunity.
As far as my best advice when it comes to the application, by biggest thing is to try to be unique and different when it comes to your essays. A lot of times scholarship committees will hear the same story repeatedly, so try to set yourself apart from everyone else. For example, I always tell the story of I was inspired by a commercial pilot to peruse a career in aviation, or how I was a drum major and newspaper editor during my high school career. Again, things that will stand out to the scholarship committee. Take your time on the essay, there’s no need to rush and make sure you read over it a few times before submitting it in. Believe me I caught a few mistakes on my essay. Finally, get a good letter of recommendation, find someone who knows you well and can say good things about you, since it could be the difference between you receiving this scholarship, or any for that matter. And finally, be yourself; don’t try to be someone you’re not, let the scholarship committee see the real you and why desire a career in aviation.
As my time for blogging is ending there a few people I want to thank. First off thank you to GlobalAir.Com and the Carrithers family for selecting me as one of the recipients for the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you to my fellow peers and readers for the great advice on aviation subjects and sharing them on social media. And finally, a big thank you to Lydia Wiff for the guidance and advice when it came to blogging, and I wish her the best of luck as she is about to graduate from college in the upcoming week.
Well guys that’s it for this week’s blog, Also, make sure to check out https://blog.globalair.com/ for other great blogs and featured stories on other pilot stories as well as other reviews on aviation related articles. As always guys remember that “adventure is out there!”