I was born in Lusaka, Zambia to African parents I never had the chance to meet. I nearly died at three months from a severe chest infection. I was adopted when I was 6 months old. My brothers and I were raised entirely overseas in various parts of Africa and Asia. Though English is my mother tongue I have varying degrees of abilities in Shona, Krio, Bengali and Thai. I am a citizen of the world, and hope to continue impacting lives abroad. As my parents served underprivileged children and families abroad for 23 years (which I was before I was adopted) in various parts of Africa and SouthEast Asia, air travel had always been a part of my family giving back to people less fortunate. My future could not exist without aviation in it. When I say that, one hundred percent of my heart can go into those words. For almost a year now, I have been highly devoted to seeking ways to earn it. I have always envisioned myself becoming ATP certified, flying for a career, while using my CFI, CFII, MEI ratings to support “Black Dreamers” then they too can have an opportunity. I’m a firm believer in paying it forward, and using my platform to enrich the lives of others. Everyone deserves to attempt at their dream, and by me applying I am attempting at my dream to support minorities. My parents are not the most financially stable to appetize my flying endeavors. Neither of them are at all connected to the field of aviation, so it’s all up to me. I’m not the son whose dad is a pilot and is best friends with the CFI at the local airport. My parents support me and my dreams; but I need that extra help. And I’m applying for this scholarship because I genuinely need help; not because I don’t want to try. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. My true love is aviation and I really hope that with this opportunity I can pay it forward.