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More than 50 students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will have the opportunity to attend Pensacola’s National Flight Academy this summer thanks to a sponsorship from the Studer Foundation.

Located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, the National Flight Academy is an aviation-based educational program focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Using the virtual aircraft carrier Ambition, the academy provides an “interactive, fun-filled, aviation-themed experience” for middle and high school students.

The Studer Foundation has sponsored 55 spots for local students to attend the academy’s six-day Deployment program July 23 through July 28, amounting to $50,000 in scholarships. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their guidance counselor, math or science teacher.

“The Studer Foundation’s focus is on education,” said founder Quint Studer. “We are grateful to have such a great learning venue right in our backyard. We feel that investing in our area youth is a great investment with a wonderful return as these students will carry their learnings with them the rest of their lives.”

Aboard Ambition, students eat on the mess deck, sleep in staterooms, plan missions and fly in networked flight simulators. The National Flight Academy combines the thrill of flight, aviation missions, teamwork and communication to create an inspirational and engaging experience of a lifetime, officials said.

“Collaboration between the local school system, elected leadership and the business community is key to improving the quality of education for our youth,” said Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president of the National Flight Academy. “With support from Quint and Rishy Studer, more children will have access to our stimulating and exciting learning experience.”

This isn’t the first time the Studers have sponsored local kids to attend the National Flight Academy. The Studers provided more than $100,000 in student sponsorships during 2016.

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