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“Ever since I was a little girl, I loved airplanes, but I never thought I could go into aviation because no one in my family is a pilot,” said Seymour. A discovery flight with Crosswinds Aviation at Michigan’s Livingston County Spencer J Hardy Airport was “an unforgettable experience” that changed Seymour’s life. “I fell in love with that moment,” and realized that aviation was her calling.
The South Lyon High School senior who has an eye on a professional aviation career is giving back by sharing several tips that can help others achieve their flying aspirations.
Be yourself: “First of all, you just want to be yourself … and tell your true story.” Think of all the things that make you different as an individual and relate how a particular scholarship can help further your aviation goals and dreams.
Apply frequently: “Apply for as many scholarships as you can,” she coached. “I was applying for any scholarship that I could get my hands on and I applied to new ones every single week just to get my hands on any money” that could further flight training.
Consider it a job: “Apply … as if it were a job,” said Seymour. Be professional when approaching a scholarship application by making sure to read all the requirements and then review those requirements. Fill out the document as if it were an application for a career position and mentally check off each item required. Emphasize how you are different and how the scholarship would help further your goals.
Do your homework: “Do a little bit of research about scholarships” to help understand what type of funds are available and where to find them, “just like you’d do if you were researching a job opportunity.” She said 10 or 15 minutes of regular searches online can really help. “I’ve had friends come up to me and ask, ‘How do you find all of these scholarships?’ There’s so much free money out there … you can look up aviation scholarships [online] and hundreds will pop up. You just have to do the research and see if you’re eligible. It’s really not that much work.”
Personalize it: Many scholarship applications ask for an essay describing yourself, your goals, and your accomplishments. “I find a personal essay rather fun to write,” said Seymour, who advised others to “be yourself and tell your true story.” Put your
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