FLIGHT Act to help HBCU students at DSU in aviation and ROTC programs, headed to POTUS desk for signature
DELAWARE — On Friday, the Senate passed the FLIGHT Act, which will help train pilots and support ROTC students at Delaware State University and other HBCU’s across the country.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt-Rochester sponsored the bill, which will provide new resources to ROTC students attending HBCU’s and minority institutions. Lawmakers say people of color are underrepresented in American military leadership, particularly aviation. So with this funding, aspiring military pilots can improve their career prospects with undergraduate pilot training.
Delaware State University’s president, Dr Tony Allen says the school’s aviation program will take full advantage of this victory. He said in part quote, “for us to use the flight act to help defray cost for those students means we’re going to get more students running to what we believe is a great career and we want to be able to extend that both in commercial airlines and in the military.”
Officials say the FLIGHT Act is an important step forward for diversity and inclusion in America’s armed services.
The bill is now headed to the president’s desk for signature.