By Chris Bavender
The Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation recently awarded Zionsville’s Aaron Williams a $5,000 Charles Hampson Grant Scholarship.
A Zionsville Community High School graduate, Williams is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati majoring in medical sciences. He joined the AMA after learning about it when he participated in remote-control aviation in 4-H.
“I was looking for scholarship opportunities for college and through my involvement in AMA, I learned about the scholarship and decided to apply,” Williams said. “I applied for the scholarship in January 2018 when I didn’t know where I was going to school yet. I was notified I had received the scholarship in late July after I’d decided to attend the University of Cincinnati.”
Applicants are rated in several categories, including grade point average and test results.
“However, a person who is not at the top of his or her class may win a signficant scholarship award if he or she is active in the community, in aeromodeling, or both,” said Chrystal Pearson, AMA development and communications coordinator.
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must have been an AMA member for 36 continuous months prior to the Feb. 1 deadline, graduate from high school in the year the award is granted and indicate an anticipated major and colleges and universities to which the applicant has applied.
“I was very surprised and excited when I learned I received the $5,000 scholarship,” Williams said. “I felt extremely lucky to be among the top scholarship recipients.”
Williams said the scholarship helped pay for tuition his first semester.
“Through my medical sciences major I plan on attending medical school,” he said. “Receiving this scholarship takes some weight off my shoulders in financially planning for my long-term goals.”