The U.S. Air Force has selected Cadet Judd Light, a junior in the Russell High School Air Force Junior ROTC program, to attend the flight academy at Purdue University this summer.
This opportunity is offered to only 150 out of 120,000 cadets enrolled in the AFJROTC program worldwide. The scholarship program is a joint Air Force and industry initiative intended to inspire and encourage high school youth toward aviation careers. According to industry and military leadership, the nation is facing a pilot shortage “crisis.” Cadet Light will be on full scholarship to earn his private pilot’s license this summer and will continue to fly his senior year with Civil Air Patrol. Upon graduation he will have amassed 50-75 flight hours free of charge with no obligation to the military whatsoever.
The objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The program translates into tangible opportunities to have a competitive advantage over their peers no matter what they choose to do after graduating high school. This includes scholarships at any type of school and higher pay should cadets decide to join the military.