Flying Musicians Association Announces Solo Scholarship Program Winner


The Flying Musicians Association has selected the 2016 FMA Solo Program Scholarship winner. The selection process was very difficult due to the abundance of so many high-quality nominees. Five finalists, from Tennessee (2), California, Michigan, and Wisconsin were selected from nominations received from band directors across the country.

“The caliber of all the nominees continue to impress us, making the selection that much tougher. The level of academic and musical accomplishment, as well as leadership and enthusiasm, is enormous.” – John Zapp, co-founder and President of the Flying Musicians Association. FMA has identified the student population with the highest propensity and academic skill set to succeed at becoming a pilot, and has created a program designed to increase the pilot population. FMA will nurture and assist youth to grow through music and aviation.

The winner of the 2015 FMA Solo Program Scholarship is Sarah Coffelt of Tullahoma, Tennessee, who will be entering her senior year of high school as a member of the Tullahoma Band, under the direction of Martin D. McFarlane. Sarah plays French horn and was a field commander her junior year. “Sarah’s leadership skills go well beyond her years and her peers hold her in the highest respect. Her musical skills have been proven throughout her school career by making numerous superior rankings at solo and ensemble festivals.” -Martin D McFarlane.

A HUGE thank you to sponsors of this year’s scholarship. The scholarship is fully funded by Sky-Tec, the makers of the FLYWEIGHT Starter. Learn to Fly Courses were donated by Sporty’s Pilot Shop. A Flight Bag PLC Pro will be provided by MYGOFLIGHT. Promotion and advertising were provided by Aviators Hot Line and Trade-A-Plane.

About FMA Solo Program: The FMA Solo Program is a scholarship that will assist the recipient(s) on their journey towards becoming an aviator, reimbursing the scholarship winner’s flight training through successful solo. “We have found that, perhaps more than any other teachers, band directors get to know their students’ dreams. With these scholarships, they can help select students achieve them.” — Tim Kern, CAM, B.Mus, MBA, founding member of FMA, and aviation journalist.

You may follow the winner and lend your comments and support at the FMA Solo blogsite – To learn how you can support this program please email us at About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for pilots who are also musicians that welcomes all proficiency levels and musical genres. The goal is to share our passions to inspire, educate, and encourage through presentations, performances, and scholarships. “Pilot Musicians sharing their passion while encouraging and educating youth (& adults) in the science and art of aeronautics and music.” More: