La’Shanda Holmes (2018)

La’Shanda Holmes (2018)

2018 Lt Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Scholarship Winner ($5,000) – LT La’Shanda Holmes is a helicopter pilot for the US Coast Guard stationed in Miami, FL. She overcame a challenging childhood after losing her mother at an early age and being placed into the foster care system to joining the Coast Guard and becoming their first African American female helicopter pilot. In La’Shanda’s own words, “I am fearless, I work hard, I love aviation, I love serving my country and I’ve had an impact on communities at the state and national level.” She will be using the scholarship money towards achieving her fixed wing multi-engine rating.

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