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Young Eagle Named Flight Training Scholarship Recipient

  • EAA Young Eagle Brandon Gore has been selected to receive a $7,500 flight training scholarship to complete his training.
    EAA Young Eagle Brandon Gore has been selected to receive a $7,500 flight training scholarship to complete his training.

September 17, 2014 - EAA is happy to announce that Brandon Gore of Quad Cities, Illinois, is the recipient of the Tinker Murdock Flight Training Award and will receive $7,500 to complete his private pilot certificate training.

To be eligible for the scholarship provided by the Tinker Murdock Family Fund, applicants must be a Young Eagle and Next Step participant, a program in collaboration with EAA Young Eagles, actively involved in EAA’s online ground school or other training program. Brandon, a high school junior, took his first Young Eagles flight at age 8 and has been hooked on aviation ever since. He’s attended EAA’s Air Academy three times, and plans to return next summer as a camp counselor.

Brandon plans to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and eventually become a military test pilot. He is a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol and became the youngest person to achieve the rank of second lieutenant, the highest cadet position. He is also the executive officer and leads a group of 30 cadets in weekly drills, lesson planning, physical fitness testing, and aerospace education.

Brandon serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Festival where he helps raise money, secure sponsorships, media coverage, and coordinate volunteers. He also volunteers for Pilots N Paws helping coordinate volunteer flights for animal rescues.

His career goal is to design supersonic jets for the military. Brandon also plans to become a certificated flight instructor, fly Young Eagles, and share his passion for aviation with other people all around the country.

This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Tinker Murdock Family Fund.

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