Rene WilsonRene joined the United States Army in 1995 and has made the military his career. He currently serves as a Master Sergeant working in the Network Enterprise Center (NEC) for the South Carolina National Guard. Among his many career awards is a Bronze Star, earned during a deployment to Iraq. 

Sporty’s Flight Crew is a three-level customer benefit program that rewards customers with access to training programs, unlimited free shipping, an on-call personal Sporty’s shopper, and more. The top two levels (gold and platinum) include the opportunity to apply for this $2,500 scholarship.

“Sporty’s is glad to pay back in a small way someone who has given so much to our country,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “And we hope within the year to welcome him to the community of GA pilots.” 

As for his plans when he earns that ticket, Rene plans to finally finish off his private pilot certificate, which has been a stop-and-start process over the years. He thinks about “breakfast in New York and catching sun rays in Florida,” where he has family. He says, “A three-hour flight is better than an eight-hour drive.” In short, he says, “The possibilities are endless.” 

The third Sporty’s Flight Crew scholarship will be awarded in April 2019 during Sun’n Fun.  It’s easy to enroll as a Sporty’s Flight Crew member by visiting sportys.com/flightcrew.