2014 Taryn Ashley Robinson Scholarship
The friendship began nine years ago on Vail ski slopes when I met the Robinson family. Ex-Thunderbird and Retired USAF Major General David Robinson and USAF Lt General Lori Robinson’s daughter, Taryn, was a United States Air Force (USAF) Academy graduate who crashed in a flight training exercise in 2005.
Taryn Ashley Robinson, 22, bravely fought with great dignity for 111 days before succumbing to her injuries on January 10, 2006.
For the 8th year, the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, and myself, have proudly awarded the Taryn Ashley Robinson Scholarship in honor of Taryn to a cadet on the USAF Academy Aerobatic Glider Team as a way to give back to her family and the Academy for all of their sacrifices.
The cadets, wishing to be selected for the USAF Academy Aerobatic Glider Team, must first become a flight instructor and then apply through a rigorous flying and interview process. The scholarship is determined by competition results plus the coach and captain’s recommendations. I value the dedication and commitment these cadets offer each other and to their country. The 2014 Scholarship Recipient, C2C Andy Leeuwenberg, proved that commitment.
At the Tutima Academy, the recipient experiences a weeklong, low-level environment aerobatic course in airplanes such as a J3 Piper Cub, T-6, Pitts S-2B, S2-C, and an Extra 300L.