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W.Va. students sought to apply for scholarships

Jul. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia students are being sought to apply for scholarships through the Mike Lakin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote aviation and service in young West Virginians.

Lt. Col. Mike Lakin was a native West Virginian who started flying at 16 and earned his private pilot's license a year later.

He went on to get his commercial pilot's license at 18 and graduated with a degree in aeronautical studies. Lakin went on to fly helicopters for the U.S. Marines in the Middle East and was an instructor at the Naval Air Station in Florida. He left active duty in 1999 and joined the West Virginia Air National Guard. He became a C-130 Hercules Pilot. He also entertained many at airshows across the region.

Lakin died Dec. 22, 2011, from injuries sustained after his aerobatic plane crashed near Marysville, Ohio.

Friends of Lakin established the Mike Lakin Memorial Scholarship for West Virginia residents between the ages of 16 and a half and 24. The scholarship will fund flight training, ground training, testing and other related expenses for the recipient to get his or her FAA Private Pilot license.

Applicants should explain how the scholarship will benefit them, West Virginia and the greater good.

Finalists will be interviewed by the members of the board of directors and chosen based on the interview.

Those interested in applying should send a one-page resume, including birth date and contact information, and answer the following questions:

How will the scholarship and the private pilot's license assist you in furthering your education and/or career?

What have you done in the past to display your personal devotion to better the lives of those around you?

What is the most difficult challenge you've overcome?

Why do you live in West Virginia? What advantages come from growing up and/in living in Appalachia?

Applications should be mailed to the Mike Lakin Memorial Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 6171 Charleston, WV 25362. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Recipients will be announced Oct. 1. For more information, contact Bobby Menear at 304-617-4453.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/MikeLakinMemorialGolfTournament.

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