California-based aircraft services provider and FBO operator Clay Lacy Aviation has announced the latest recipients of the Clay Lacy Pilot Scholarship at Orange Coast College (OCC). The company founded by legendary pilot Clay Lacy initiated the scholarship program in 2017 to recognize the dedication and hard work of four OCC aviation science students each year, awarding them funds to help lower the costs of flight training, allowing students to earn their private, instrument, or commercial pilot license.
Katie Kirby and Joseph White are the two latest to be recognized. Kirby is the co-captain of the OCC flight team and will soon take her private pilot checkride, while White, a member of the two-year school’s flight team, is working through the cross-country flight phase of his training. The program recognizes two recipients per semester.
“When companies like Clay Lacy are involved, it helps us hone our program so our students are better prepared to enter and succeed in the workforce,” said Daniel Schrader OCC’s dean of the school of technology. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Clay Lacy as we educate the next generation of aviation professionals here in Orange County."
Since the start of the program, the company, which has its headquarters at Van Nuys Airport, has contributed more than $32,000 in scholarship funding.