May 10, 2022, Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is proud to announce the selection of our fifteenth overall scholarship recipient of the FMA Solo program: Jovencia (Jovie) Webbeking from Washington state.
We received thirty-seven outstanding nominees from all across the United States and Canada. The FMA board had to choose from 6 finalists. They were overwhelmed with the level of talent and passion. “As typical all six are well qualified and talented. The decision is not easy.” – Dr. Ian Blair Fries “Again, terribly hard choices. Each kid, every one of them, would be a good candidate.” – Tim Kern, MBA, CAM “Wow, all worthy finalists, what a hard choice!” – Louise Vickerman, principal harpist Utah Symphony. "If only we had the resources to fund more scholarships, I would have been delighted to select all six finalists!" - Prof. H. Paul Shuch
Jovie will make an excellent pilot as she has proven that hard work, persistence, dedication, and passion works. She is an outstanding Flutist. Her approach to learning to fly will guarantee success. “In the fall, I will attend Vanderbilt university where I plan to major in mechanical engineering and minor in music performance while still managing to get in flight hours.” Read more at FlyingMusicians.org.
John Zapp, co-founder and President of FMA, said, “The great news is that FMA has grown by thirty-seven very talented, motivated, and passionate student musicians. They will all make excellent members of our community”
The FMA Solo Scholarships are made possible by our sponsors, donors, and members donating their time and talents. Though popular fund raising events such as HangarJAMs and music for corporate functions have been curtailed over the past 2 years we have persisted with overwhelming support from across aviation and music communities.
Follow Jovie as she blogs about her journey. Visit FMAsolo.org to congratulate and add your words of encouragement and wisdom.
The 2023 FMA Solo program kicks off this fall. This scholarship is unique, bringing an aspiring music student from zero time to solo. FMA covers roughly fifteen hours of dual instruction, online ground school, training materials, and additional products from sponsors. FMA envisioned and instituted this scholarship program because it recognizes the parallel skills involved in flying and performing music and wants to promote both areas of growth in our inspired and dedicated future leaders.
“Flying and music are my two passions in life and the Flying Musicians have put both of those together for a great cause. I believe educating the next generation is so important for music and aviation to continue on." – Aaron Tippin
Our sponsors are doing their part. Thank them. Join them.
Hartzell Propeller, Bose Aviation, Sporty’s Pilot Shop, MYGOFLIGHT, Gleim Aviation, Flying Eyes Optics, FMA Denny Scalise Memorial Fund, and many others. FMA also acknowledges Aviators Hot Line, Trade-A-Plane, AviNation, GA News, ByDanJohnson.com, 121five.com, Contenental Air Show Productions (CASP), AVweb, Global Air, State Aviation Journal, School Band & Orchestra Magazine, Commemorative Air Force, National Association of Music Educators, Rotor Media, Civil Air Patrol, EAA, AOPA, Aaron Tippin, Patty Wagstaff, and so many more for their extensive help in raising awareness and funds for FMA programs.
About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.
The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation (EIN: 80-0433326) for pilot/musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels, and genres. Members share their passions in order to inspire, educate, encourage, and assist through performances, presentations, networking, and scholarships.
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Pictures of Jovencia Webbeking are attached and can be found at FMAsolo.org, or upon request.