SCVCS student chosen for prestigious Aim High Flight Academy

February 12, 2024

Jack Stapleton, an 11th grade student at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School (SCVCS), has been selected as one of 170 students nationwide to participate in the prestigious Aim High Flight Academy (AHFA). The program, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, aims to inspire and develop the next generation of aviation leaders.

Stapleton, hailing from Leesville, South Carolina, secured a coveted slot and a full AHFA scholarship among a field of nearly 1,600 applicants. The introductory flight program enables students to earn up to 15 flight hours and understand the pathways to becoming an Air Force officer and aviator.

“This achievement is a testament to Jack’s dedication, skills, and passion for aviation,” said Dr. Hunter Jolley, High School Administrator at SCVCS. “Jack’s selection highlights his exceptional qualities and commitment to pursuing excellence in the field of aviation.”

The scholarship covers all expenses, including travel, three weeks of room and board at the selected university, merchandise and flight suit, as well as full payment for the use of the airplane and training.

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen for the Aim High Flight Academy,” Stapleton said. “This opportunity not only fulfills my passion for aviation but also underscores the value of online schooling in enabling dynamic students like me to excel.”

AHFA provides a unique and immersive experience, offering hands-on training and mentorship from experienced and FAA-certified aviation professionals. To learn more about the program, visit


About South Carolina Virtual Charter School

South Carolina Virtual Charter School is a tuition-free public virtual charter school that utilizes a research-based, world-class curriculum to provide an individualized, rigorous, standards-based virtual education to students in the State of South Carolina. SCVCS provides a virtual education opportunity for students in grades K through 12 in each county and district throughout South Carolina. All courses are thoroughly vetted to ensure they meet the requirements of the South Carolina State Standards. Follow SCVCS on Facebook and learn more at