WCYAF Awards Phase I Flight Training Scholarship
The Western Carolina Youth Aviation Foundation (WCYAF) presented the very first Phase I Flight Training Scholarship to Alexander Clevez of Hayesville, North Carolina on February 20, 2021. Alex, a former student at Hayesville Middle School, is now a sophomore attending Tri-County Early College (TCEC) in Peachtree, North Carolina. Alex is enrolled in TCEC’s aviation class and he plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University following graduation from TCEC.
Alex has had a dream of becoming a pilot for many years. Following his first flight in a small airplane in 2019 he said, “After just 15 minutes flying, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Alex’s long-term goal is to fly for a major airline after graduating from Embry-Riddle and obtaining the required flight hours.
Alex is the son of Jorge and Nora Clevez of Hayesville, and has a younger brother, Sebastian.
Through donations from individuals, the WCYAF is able to provide funding for a select group of qualified students who might not otherwise have the means to get a start in aviation.
Boeing estimates needing 900,000 commercial and business aviation pilots by 2037 or 50,000 new qualified pilots per year, and the aviation industry in general needs 754,000 new aircraft technicians by 2038.
Demand for aviation supporting careers include air traffic control, electronics specialists, drone pilots, drone mechanics, aircraft manufacturing, airport operations, and airport management.
There is no better time than right now to bring together the talents and passions of local aviation and education professionals and the surrounding high school and college students that have an eagerness for aviation related careers.
The Western Carolina Youth Aviation Foundation (WCYAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fund-raising organization. We are comprised of local and surrounding area professionals with a passion for both aviation and the career development of our high school and college students.
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An ever-expanding group of youth from the local area becoming successful aviation career professionals.
To support, encourage, guide, and facilitate aviation career educational and flight training programs for youth in western NC and the surrounding area.
We collaborate with school administrators and teachers, airport operators, flight instructors, aviation career professionals, and aviation industry employers.
It’s easy. We are registered as a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID 83-3463351. This means you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of giving to a non-profit dedicated to providing education and career paths to our local youth.
Give someone a career. Providing an assortment of career paths in the aviation realm will not only benefit the students themselves, but also benefit the local economy in providing qualified workers to an industry that has a current and predicted shortage.
Leave a legacy. The help that you provide to the WCYAF will deliver positive change for our sons and daughters that will last a lifetime.
Join the team. The foundation working to make this happen consists of volunteers who are donating their time and expertise because of their belief that this program is one of the best ways for us to give back to the community.
The focus of the foundation and the use of your contribution is for flight training and educational scholarships for high school and junior college students in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham County in North Carolina and the surrounding area.
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Your donation will help the surrounding area high school and early college students pursue a career in aviation
David Hourdequin, Pres./Treas., Pilot, Prof. Engr.
David Brown - Vice Pres./Sec., Pilot, USAF Ret.
Lisa Turner - Adviser, Pilot, Sc.D., DAR, A&P, Author
Mark Pope - Adviser, Pilot, Owner, Oasis Corp. (Drone Svcs.)
John Johnson - Adviser, Pilot, CFII, MEI, Mfg. Eng. & Fac. Mgr.