An annual Aviation Scholarship Winner will be awarded in the amount of $15,000 to those pursuing a career in aviation to support the dreams of hard-working compassionate and goal oriented young adults.

CONGRATULATIONS RYAN SMITH, DALLAS ROMAN, KRYSTI VEALS and LYLITH TURNER!!!

2023/2024 Embry-Riddle Scholarship Recipient Additional Information

We are proud to announce the aviation scholarship established at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The scholarship Winner, in the amount of $15,000 is presented to Lylith Turner. Lylith is approaching her senior year at Embry Riddle.

Hello everyone, my name is Lily and I am a current senior at Embry Riddle. While at ERAU I completed my instrument, commercial and multi-engine license while managing to graduate an entire year early! Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to continue my flying career as a flight instructor while finishing up my last year of undergrad. After graduating I plan to work as a CFI and then transition to corporate aviation. It is my absolute dream to fly for a company with an aviation department like Coca-Cola or Netflix!  Thank you all for choosing me as a scholar as this tremendously helps the cost of flight training!

I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship!


2022/2023 Embry-Riddle Scholarship Recipient Additional Information

We are proud to announce the aviation scholarship established at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. This Scholarship Winner , in the amount of $15,000 is presented to Krysti Veals. Krysti is approaching her junior year at Embry-Riddle and is working towards her B.S. in Aeronautics with minors in Aeronautical Studies, Applied Meteorology, and Airline Operations, and I will graduate in Fall 2023.

Since I was a child, I was fascinated with outer space, aircraft, and Earth as a whole. Until I was around 15, I wanted to be an astronaut. However, as I got older, I started to question if becoming an astronaut was simply a dream or a true career path for me. For my 16th birthday, I got to ride in a helicopter over Niagara Falls. Being so high in the air and close to the clouds completely shifted my view of aviation, and I soon became mesmerized by the thought of flying. The pilot of that helicopter told me that pilots are in high demand and it is a very rewarding career path for those with an interest in aircraft and traveling.

Since those were two things that greatly interested me, I began to look at colleges that offered aviation as a major. After a quick online search, I stumbled upon ERAU in Daytona Beach, Florida. I was instantly in love with the campus and surrounding area. The following school year, I applied and got accepted to the university. After beginning my major of Aeronautical Science in Fall 2020, I felt like I was starting a new life and crafting my own future.

Congratulations Krysti and we cant wait to meet you and follow your aviation career. Have graet and busy year!!!!!!


2021/2022 Embry-Riddle Scholarship Recipient Additional Information

We are proud to announce the aviation scholarship established at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The Scholarship Winner , in the amount of $15,000 is presented to Dallas Roman, from Jacksonville, FL. Dallas is currently enrolled in his sophmore year at Embry Riddle and is working towards his B.S. in Aeronautical Science. His dream to become a commercial airline pilot came at a young age. His dream and goal is to fly internationally as a commercial airline pilot. His favorite hobby is to take young people flying, to inspire them to want to become a pilot and to hopefully one day train them at a school like Embry-Riddle. He believes that soaring high in the clouds is a beautiful feeling that cannot be matched.

Congratualtions Dallas Roman, we hope to meet you soon and follow your aviation career.


2020/2021 Embry-Riddle Scholarship Recipient Additional Information

We are proud to announce the inaugural aviation scholarship established at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The Scholarship Winner , in the amount of $15,000 is presented to Ryan Smith, from Huntingtown, Maryland. Ryan is approaching his senior year at Embry Riddle and is working towards his B.S. in Aeronautical Science. His dream to become a commercial airline pilot came at a young age and his goal is to fly internationally. Ryan has been a certified flight instructor since the age of 19 and is currently a part time flight instructor at a flight center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ryan is also a flight instructor at the Powered Flight Program in Maryland, where he is part of the accelerated flight team for senior midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Under Ryan’s instruction in the 2019 program, five midshipmen passed their solo flights. We hope to meet Ryan in person in the upcoming year and look forward to the future for this aviator.

2023 Recipient

 Adams State University Athletics and the Zachary Michael Capra Foundation has announced that football student-athlete Dallas Kroh has been awarded the fourth annual Zachary Capra Memorial Scholarship.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student-athlete must be a full-time, degree-seeking student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

“Dallas is great young man whose parents instilled in him a great mindset for academics. We love that Dallas is a part of our program and I look forward to him growing and developing both academically and athletically as a Grizzly.” said Head Coach Jarrell Harrison. “It’s exciting that he was chosen for this scholarship.”

The Zachary Michael Capra Memorial Foundation is a non-profit foundation who was a future commercial airline pilot. Capra was killed on April 4, 2018 when the small engine plane he was flying crashed just after takeoff in Daytona Beach, Florida

Kroh, a freshman has a 3.97 GPA and is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

“I am very honored to receive this scholarship,” said Kroh. “Every day I strive to get at least one percent better, not only on the field but in life as well. Thank you for choosing me as the recipient, I am very humbled.”

Dallas Kroh is from Tuscon, AZ and attended Mountain View High School.

Congratulations Dallas and welcome to the Tailwinds of Hope Family!!!!!!

Good luck in your journey and obtaining your goals at Adams State University.

For more information about the scholarship please visit https://tailwindsofhope.org

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2022 Recipient:

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the Scholarship Winner of the annual scholarship established at Adams State University, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra. The recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The 2022 is Kaden Kirk!!!

“Kirk is a great kid who works hard every day, is a great student who embodies everything we try to do as with this football team,” said Head Coach Jarrell Harrison. “It’s exciting that he was chosen for this scholarship.”

The Zachary Michael Capra Memorial Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in 2018 in honor of Zachary Michael Capra, who was studying to become a future commercial airline pilot. Zachary Capra was killed on April 4, 2018 when the small engine plane he was flying crashed just after takeoff in Daytona Beach, Florida. Zachary also attended Adams State for one semester.

Kirk, a redshirt freshman has a 3.75 GPA and is pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

“I am very honored to receive this scholarship,” said Kirk. “I put forward my best effort day in and day out and nothing but good things can come from this.”

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss four years ago. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Kaden as his hard work and ambition for success leads him to his dream career.

A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.…“Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”.

Congratulations Kaden!!!!


2021 Recipient:

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the Scholarship Winner of the annual scholarship established at Adams State University, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra. The recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The 2021 recipient is Tyler Barats.

Tyler graduated from Spanish Springs High School…2016-17 All State Center, All State Defensive Tackle….2014-2017 All State heavyweight Wrestling. Tyler is son of Amy Barats, and is Majoring in Nursing and plans on becoming a nurse after college.

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss three years ago. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Richard as his hard work and ambition for success leads him to his dream career.

A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.…“Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”.

Congratulations Tyler!!!!


First Recipient 2020:

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the Scholarship Winner of the first annual scholarship established at Adams State University, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra. The recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The first recipient is Richard Secrest III.

Richard Secrest III was born in Seattle Washington and graduated from Olympic High School in 2014. He joined Adams State football team by way of Butte Community College (CA) in the fall of 2019. Majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing, Richard boasts a cumulative 3.4 GPA and plans to pursue his master’s degree once he graduates. On the football field for the Grizzlies, Richard saw action on special teams and defense before a season ending knee injury in the 2019 season. After playing and graduating with his MBA from Adams State University he plans to pursue a career in coaching to mentor young men through the game of football.

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss two years ago. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Richard as his hard work and ambition for success leads him to his dream career.

A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.…“Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”.

Congratulations Richard!!

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2023 Adams 12 Scholarship Recipients Tailwinds of Hope Nonprofit

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the 2023 recipients of the annual scholarship established at Mountain Range High School, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra, a 2011 graduate. Each recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss two years ago. The senior graduating class has also experienced a sense of loss, as their senior year was abruptly halted due to unforeseen circumstances. Creating something positive out of unforeseen circumstances and challenges is a theme demonstrated by both of these individuals. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Lily and Olivia as their hard work and ambition for success leads them to their dream careers. A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.… “Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”.

The first one is Syndee Rivera. Syndee will be attending University of Wyoming studying Crime Scene Investigation.

The second one is Jacob Sungia-Chavez. Jacob will be attending Community College of Aurora and finishing his A.A.S. in Diesel Power Mechanics.

Congratulations Sydnee Rivera & Jacob-Sungia-Chavez and welc0me the Tailwinds of Hope Family!!!


2022 Adams 12 Scholarship Recipients Tailwinds of Hope Nonprofit

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the 2022 recipients of the annual scholarship established at Mountain Range High School, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra, a 2011 graduate. Each recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The first 2022 recipient is Lily Maves. Lily will be attending the University of Arizona and will be pursuing a degree in Business Analytics!!

The second 2022 recipient is Olivia Aldridge. Olivia will also be attending the University of Arizona and will be pursuing a degree in Global Studies!!

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss two years ago. The senior graduating class has also experienced a sense of loss, as their senior year was abruptly halted due to unforeseen circumstances. Creating something positive out of unforeseen circumstances and challenges is a theme demonstrated by both of these individuals. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Lily and Olivia as their hard work and ambition for success leads them to their dream careers. A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.…“Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”.

Congratulations Lily and Olivia!!! Nonprofit Scholarship Winners.

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2021 Adams 12 Scholarship Recipients





2020 Adams 12 Scholarship Recipients


Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the 2022 Scholarship Winner of the annual scholarship established at Westminster High School, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra. The recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

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2023 Tailwinds of Hope Non-Profit Scholarship Recipients

Tailwinds of Hope-The Zachary Michael Capra Foundations is honored to announce the 2023 recipients of the annual scholarships established at Westminster High School, in honor of Zachary Michael Capra. Each recipient will be awarded $2500 to support their educational goals.

The 2023 recipients are Ingrid Duran and Fatima Tovar Saucedo

Ingrid Duran will be attending the University of Northern Colorado studying Criminal Justice!!!

Fatima Tovar Saucedo will be attending the University of Colorado studying Computer Science!!!

Congratulations and welcome to the Tailwinds of Hope Family.

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The 2022 recipient is Seaera Borrego, Seaera will be attending Colorado State University and will be pursuing a degree in Fish, Wildlife Biology!!!

The Capra family experienced a tremendous and unexpected loss three years ago. Creating something positive out of unforeseen circumstances and challenges is a theme demonstrated by Omar. Tailwinds of Hope wishes the best to Omar as his hard work and ambition for success leads them to their dream careers. A motto the Capra family reminds themselves often is.…“Let your hope not your hurt shape your future”. Congratulations Seaera!!!!

2022 Tailwinds of Hope Non-Profit Scholarship Winner

Seaera will be attending Colorado State University and will be pursuing a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conversation Biology!!!


2021 Non-Profit Scholarship Recipient

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Omar will be attending University of Northern Colorado and will be pursuing a degree in Science Tech.