Franklin Cadet Capt. Charles Spencer | Photos courtesy EPISD

Franklin High cadet earns piloting scholarship for Air Force JROTC Flight Academy

Franklin Cadet Capt. Charles Spencer received a $22,000 scholarship for the 2021 Air Force JROTC Flight Academy this summer.

He is one of 230 students who received the 2021 Chief of Staff Private Pilot Scholarship to attend the summer university program for college credit and the opportunity to earn his private pilot certification/license.

“I wanted to participate in this program for not only for the college credit and pilot certification, but for the challenge that the program brings with it,” Spencer said. “After graduation, I intend to join the Air Force as a pilot, preferably fighter pilot.”

The evaluation process was based upon his AFJROTC performance, school and extracurricular activities.

“We are very proud of Cadet Spencer as he represents our successful AFJROTC program and the high standards of Franklin High School,” said Maj. (ret.) Todd Parsont, Franklin JROTC

The cadets will be matched to one of the 25 colleges are involved in the program in late March.

“This scholarship means the world to me, as I will get to get to do something I have dreamed of doing since I was very young,” Spencer said. “I plan to go to the Air Force Academy and study Aeronautical Engineering. Even with the long days and tough work, it will all be worth it.”

Story by Reneé de Santos – El Paso ISD