Jackson Aviation scholarship recipients announced

April 17, 2014

XENIA — The 2014 winners of the Lewis A Jackson Aviation Scholarships have been announced.

Dr. Violet B. Jackson began the scholarship program in 2001 in memory of her husband, Dr. Lewis A. Jackson. The aim is to help train Greene County youth for a career in aviation. Since the inception of the program 51 aviation scholarships have been granted.

This year’s recipients are Austin Schoening and Chyenne Benson.

Schoening, a sophomore at Fairborn High School, will use the scholarship to help him attain his goal of getting his private pilot license. He is an honors student, soccer player and percussionist in the high school band. He enjoys flying with his grandfather.

Benson is a sophomore at the Dayton Area STEM School. She attended the Teen Aviation Camp at the Air Force Academy and has competed in the World Championships for robotics. She had her first flights through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle program. The scholarship will help her attain her private pilots license.

The Greene County Airport is named after Dr. Jackson, a pioneering Ohio airman and educator. Some of his accomplishments include being the chief of flight instruction for the Tuskegee Airmen and a charter member of the Greene County Regional Airport Authority. He was instrumental in the construction of the Greene County Airport.

All flight instruction is to be conducted at the Greene County - Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. Applicants must be residents of Greene County or full-time students in a Greene County institution of higher education. The airport is located at 140 N. Valley Road.