Radio-controlled jets will be zipping through the Marana sky next week at speeds approaching 200 mph during the three-day Tucson Jet Rally.
The rally is a benefit for the Ryan Sherrow Scholarship Fund, awarded by the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Ryan, a skilled radio-controlled-jet pilot from Tucson, died in 2008 after a brief illness. He was 14.
Even though Ryan was still in middle school, he’d already decided he wanted to attend college and pursue a career as an aeronautical engineer.
His parents, Debbie and Clay Sherrow, have established two scholarships in their son’s name. More than $10,000 has been raised for each of the scholarships.
The first — The Ryan M. Sherrow Endowed Scholarship — administered by the University of Arizona Foundation, has awarded four scholarships so far. The endowed scholarship through the Indiana-based Academy of Model Aeronautics is expected to award its first scholarship this year, Debbie Sherrow said.
The rally, at the Tucson International Modelplex Park in Marana, is organized by Debbie Sherrow as a benefit for the Academy of Model Aeronautics scholarship.