October 21, 2018

Grant Recipients

Since opening the doors in April of 2016, Stripes to Bars is proud to have awarded $12,000 in scholarships. Our efforts come from the support of communities, corporations, individuals and all those wanting to make a difference in the life of a veteran.

2018 Winners

Brad Branum is a father, veteran, husband and aviation enthusiast. Branum’s journey began when he decided to use his military benefits to go back to school for a degree in the aviation field. A 16-year veteran of the United States Navy and Army, Branum transitioned into the civilian sector and immediately went to work as an Electronic Engineer for Samsung but he always wanted to fly.

Goal: Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine certificates

Bradley Littleton is an Air Force veteran, serving 20 years of faithful service to his country as a C-130 navigator, before retiring. Bradley is a husband, father of two and an Embry Riddle Aeronautical University graduate. Littleton is focusing on getting an Instrument and Commercial certificate as well. In addition to focusing on a commercial aviation career, he is also looking to use his aviation knowledge to build an experimental airplane.

Goal: Instrument, Commercial, CFI certificates

2017 Winners

Melissa Resendes has been a life-long aviation dreamer. She is a mother of two young boys, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and a nurse in her community, caring for patients undergoing heart surgery. Melissa will have the opportunity to pursue a Private Pilot’s certificate and achieve a long held dream. After achieving her Private Pilot and Instrument rating, Melissa envisions combining her passion for healthcare with flying by providing medical care to remote populations.

Goal: Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine certificates