ILM launches flight training scholarship fund for high school students

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wilmington International Airport (ILM) has partnered with the Coach Bill Dooley Education Foundation to create a “Spirit of Aviation Scholarship Fund” to provide area high school students with the opportunity to learn to fly.

According to a press release, the annual scholarship will provide up to $10,000 in training for scholarship recipients by directly reimbursing approved flight training facilities. The newly formed branch will be administered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Coach Bill Dooley Education Foundation Board of Directors will oversee the program with an Aviation Committee providing support and guidance to help achieve goals related to fundraising, public education, awareness and follow-up of scholarship holders. The goal is to award the first $10,000 scholarship by fall 2022.

Coach John Bunting, President of the Dooley Foundation, said, “Coach Bill Dooley Education Foundation is honored to partner with Wilmington International Airport for the Spirit of Aviation Scholarship Fund and endowment. As Bill has always said… it’s all about the kids.

The announcement was made at ILM’s inaugural Cape Fear General Aviation Day, an educational and networking opportunity for the aviation community, held on April 30.

A silent auction at the event raised nearly $5,000 for the new scholarship fund. The rest of the funding for the endowment is expected to come from a variety of sources.

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