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“The Foundation has helped define my character and made me who I am today. It has taught me to look forward because that is where my future is.”
Highlights of Young Scholar Experience: The Foundation provided many supportive resources to “strengthen my abilities and develop my confidence.” The total Young Scholar experience, he said, “carried me through the most rigorous courses offered at my high school during the most difficult of times.” Having the opportunity to participate in
Profile: Travis said he takes pride “in being so tenacious, because this trait pushed me to excel and reach my potential.” A well-rounded young man who hopes to become an aerospace engineer, Travis has all but completed work for his pilot’s license, but his true love is music, both performing and writing compositions. He also was an honor student at
Inspiration: He thanked a high school, dual enrollment English professor who instilled in him a zeal for learning. But it was his grandfather, who joined the Air Force to fight in the Korean War and never got to finish high school yet became a self-taught nuclear engineer for NASA and later a Walt Disney Imagineer, that first inspired Travis to pursue aerospace engineering. He taught him anything is possible if you want it and go for it. An inspirational moment was when his flight instructor sitting in the co-pilot seat of the Cessna 152 Travis was piloting for the first time radioed to the airfield tower: “Ready for take-off.” Travis pushed up on the throttle, pulled back on the yoke of the controls and soared above the
Aspiration: Engineering, aviation and music will be part of Travis’s life. He hopes to design and create future space exploration and inventions for society to make life a little easier for everyone. He plans to participate in community outreach in college and hopes to continue to study design in graduate school. Because music is so influential, he would like to one day write a music soundtrack for an award winning film. On the lighter side, he hopes to join the sky-diving team at Embry-Riddle.
Making a Difference: Travis remains active with Civil Air Patrol earning the rank of Sergeant Airman where he is responsible to perform search and rescue missions for local and national emergencies as a scanner for downed aircraft. He’s also donated countless hours as part of the
Accolades: In June of 2008, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Travis a Florida Ambassador of Music, one of eight such individuals who toured with an orchestra representing the
Interesting fact: For the Orlando Philharmonic’s Young Composers Concert Competition, Travis composed an original symphony entitled “Royal Advent,” that included three movements for a full orchestra. His favorite pastime is fishing with his grandfather. Oddly, he collects bottle caps of all kinds to create a unique collection from all over the world.
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