BHS junior Sebastian Wolf is the only Arkansas student selected for a new program aimed at addressing the Air Force’s ongoing pilot shortage. Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC selected 120 AFJROTC cadets nationwide for a new Fight Academy scholarship valued at $20,000. Students will attend an accredited aviation program at one of six partnering universities where they will receive college credit and the opportunity to earn a private pilot license (after completing further requirements).
Of the six universities offered, Sebastian’s first choice is Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is required to undergo an FAA flight physical and obtain a student pilot certificate before he attends.
Sebastian’s selection for the program was based on results from the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test and a glowing recommendation from AFJROTC instructor Lt Col Randy McCalip. “Cadet Wolf has been a leader in the program since entering in 9th grade and competing against peers in marksmanship. In his sophomore year, Sebastian was part of the Ruck Sack March, where team members each carry a 25lb backpack over five miles,” said Lt Col McCalip. Sebastian is also a member of the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
Cadet Wolf comes from a family of service members. His grandfather was an Air Force pilot, and after his military career, flew for FedEx. Sebastian remembers trying his hand at the mobile flight simulator when visiting his grandfather at work. “I looked up to my grandfather. My interest in flying grew from there,” said Sebastian. Currently, his stepmother serves in the Army and his uncle is in the Air Force.
Sebastian credits his success story with classes he has taken at BHS. “I took engineering in 9th and 10th grade; I am now in Pre-AP PreCal/Trig and Pre-AP Chemistry. In JROTC, I learned about land navigation, how to read a map and compass, and about altitude and pitch. It all helped me do well on the Qualifying Test to receive the scholarship.”
Lt Col McCalip agrees. “Sebastian’s success is a testament to his discipline and the education he received at Bryant. The opportunities provided by BHS paved the way for his career in the military.”
Although still considering his military career choices, Sebastian is focusing on Special Operations. He just may change his mind after a summer studying aviation. Whatever his path, Sebastian is headed for a bright future.