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2023 Scholarship Recipient
Denver, CO, 25 April 2023 – Makayla Galler, junior at Summit Academy (STEM) High School and also a student at Wings Aerospace Pathways, received a scholarship in the amount of $1500 from the Lyons Aviation Foundation to support her desire to get her private pilot license for a fixed-wing powered engine plane.
When she was 14, she started her pilot journey by training for and earned her PPL with a Glider rating, but her dreams don’t stop with her PPL; Makayla’s ultimate dream is to become an astronaut for NASA and fly to the stars. With this scholarship, she is well on her way and plans to finish her powered engine PPL this summer. She has completed the required number of flight hours and only has her solo cross country, night flights, and check flight left to complete. When she is not working on her PPL or school work, she can be found playing with drones, and is an active member and ambassador for US Drone Soccer, where matches are played five on five and according to her, it resembles the fictional “game of Quiddich” from the popular Harry Potter stories. Makayla said that after a number of setbacks while working towards her current PPL, including a lot of inhospitable weather and having new flight instructors at her school, this scholarship means that she is finally going to be able to finish this milestone in her journey and she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue moving towards her ultimate dream of flying to the stars.
About The Lyons Aviation Foundation:
The Lyons Aviation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit private foundation that exists to support and encourage the next generation of pilots and aviators through offering financial scholarships to deserving young persons who are pursuing their Private Pilot Certificate. The Lyons family has been involved in and maintained a history of aviation-related careers for over 66 years. The Lyons Aviation Foundation story started with Rolf C. Lyons, when he entered military service at the age of 17, enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1955, with his sons later following in his footsteps. This foundation was born out of a desire to give back to the aviation community and the future pilots, mechanics, and engineers working in the field by providing an opportunity to those that might not otherwise have the means to pursue aviation as a career path. This foundation is a living tribute to a family story and its ties to aviation, military service, and one another. More information can be found at www.lyonsaviation.org.
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