Lincoln-Way East Student Completes new AFJROTC Flight Academy Program
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Colin Murphy, a senior student and an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet at Lincoln-Way East has completed the private pilot license training course at Purdue University earning his private pilot license.

Murphy is one of 150 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets around the world to receive the Chief of Staff of the Air Force scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 1,600 cadets applied for one of the 150 scholarships, valued at approximately $20,000.

Graduates of the program who earned their private pilot license do not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or other branch of service, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military’s commissioning programs.

The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force-level initiative. In collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage, Air Force Junior ROTC has been charged by the Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force to bring back the “luster of aviation” to high school students and to increase diversity in aviation fields.

During Murphy’s time in the program, he faced many challenges, but completing the program is something he said he will always remember.

“I will never forget my experience at Purdue. It was a lot of work but in the end it was all more than worth the time. It was an honor to be a part of this program and would definitely recommend it to any cadet out there who aspires to be a pilot one day,” said Murphy.

The application process for the summer 2020 program will begin in late September or early October.

The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community, while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in Air Force Junior ROTC at more than 880 high schools in the U.S and overseas.

Media needing more information on the Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Scholarship Program can contact the Air University Public Affairs Office at maxwellmediarelations@us.af.mil.