2024 Flight Scholarships Awarded!

The Friends of Albert Whitted Airport recently celebrated a momentous occasion at the second annual Scholarship Event held at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, FL, on February 10, 2024.

This special event was dedicated to the announcement of the 2024 flight scholarship recipients, marking a significant step forward in supporting the aspirations of young individuals eager to soar the skies. A total of thirty deserving students, aged between 16 and 24, were honored with scholarships designed to fuel their dreams of becoming pilots. These scholarships, meticulously categorized into starter ($1,000 each), intermediate ($5,000 each), and advanced ($10,000 each) levels, not only provide substantial financial support but also reflect the organization’s deep belief in the potential and passion of these budding aviators.

Highlighting the event was the presence of a true aviation pioneer, Captain Barrington Irving, who stood as the featured speaker. Captain Irving, renowned for setting two world records in 2007 as the youngest person and the first black man to pilot a plane solo around the world, shared his inspiring journey of challenges, perseverance, and triumph. His dedication to education and empowering youth in STEM fields, particularly through his non-profit organization, Experience Aviation, and the innovative Flying Classroom, underscores the importance of dreams and determination in achieving success.

The Friends of Albert Whitted Airport’s commitment to connecting the community to aviation’s past, present, and future, alongside Captain Irving’s motivational message, underscored the event’s celebration of the bright futures awaiting these young aviators in the world of aviation.

2024 Flight Scholarship Recipients 

STARTER Scholarships ($1,000)

    1. Ava Carvalis
    2. Yvens Jacques
    3. Marharyta Onishchenko
    4. Caleb Pate
    5. Avery Siwinski
    6. Autumn Span

INTERMEDIATE Scholarship ($5,000)  

    1. Emily Anderson
    2. Braelynn Bolger
    3. Kathryn Bremer
    4. Sarah Chomatova
    5. Lizabeth Corrado
    6. Christopher Everhart
    7. Lucas Fidelis
    8. Kiersten Gulick
    9. Noble O’Connor
    10. Warren Quets
    11. Glenwood Rolle
    12. Titan Russell
    13. Bernadette Sherwood
    14. Kendrick Wilson
    15. Emilia Wrucke
    16. Kaitlyn Lent

ADVANCED Scholarship ($10,000)

    1. Caleb Kravitz
    2. Ethan Long
    3. Jenna Martinez
    4. Haneef Muhammad
    5. Dominic Polk, Jr
    6. Riley Ruther
    7. Mikayla Tehan
    8. Gavin Watson

You Can Support Our Scholarship Program  

If you would like to support our scholarship program, contributions are tax deductible. For more information click here.

Awarded in 2023!

Friends of Albert Whitted Airport kicked off their inaugural round of flight scholarships with an uplifting award ceremony held at Sheltair Aviation on Saturday, April 1st, honoring the 19 St. Pete area young people (ages 16-24) who were awarded aviation scholarships.
A crowd of 130 people including parents and the general public along with six St. Petersburg City Council members joined in celebrating the recipients.
Inspiration filled the hangar with a keynote presentation by internationally acclaimed aviator, mentor, and STEM+ educator, Capt. Barrington Irving, followed by encouraging words and inspiration from Certified Flight Instructor Barbie Hedge and former USAF pilot, commercial airline captain, and current Council member Ed Montanari.
These 19 scholarships were designed specifically to open a local pathway to workforce and professional careers in the aviation industry.


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