Worldwide aircraft charter broker Paramount Business Jets will sponsor a portion of the upcoming Dreams Soar round-the-world flight, the company said.
Capt. Shaesta Waiz will take off later this summer on her Dreams Soar solo round-the-world flight, to reach out to the younger generation and show them they can do anything they set their minds to.
In the coming months, 28-year-old Waiz will embark from Daytona Beach, FL in a single-engine Beechcraft A36 Bonanza toward her goal of becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.
Born in a refugee camp, in 1987 Waiz emigrated with her family to America at the height of fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war, settling in Richmond, CA. Initially faced with limited educational opportunities in one of the country´s most underprivileged school districts, as well as pressure to follow a more traditional path as an adult, Waiz´s life was forever altered by a commercial airline flight shortly after her graduation from high school.
The flight led Capt. Waiz to pursue her collegiate education and flight training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, where she became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor´s and master´s degree, as well as the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan.
Within three years of the program´s launch, female enrollment at Embry-Riddle had increased from 13 to 22 percent. That inspired Capt. Waiz to launch Dreams Soar, so she could share her story with women throughout the world and encourage them to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
Scheduled to begin early fall 2016, Waiz´s flight will be supported by a Dream Team comprised of 20 graduate and undergraduate college students, as well as the Dreams Soar Advisory Council.
The board of directors for Dreams Soar, comprised of seasoned aviation/aerospace professionals, will work closely with founder, Capt. Shaesta Waiz, to be one of the first charitable organizations to provide global scholarships supporting women with their goals in STEM and aviation in their own countries.
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