EEF Scholar R’Nia’s First Flight: Thanks to Overcomers International Church

GAINESVILLE, FL. (EEF News) With financial support from Overcomers International Church, R’Nia Walker, an EEF Scholar considering a flight attendant career, embarked on her first plane ride, landing in Nashville and visiting the illustrious Tennessee State University (TSU).

At Germantown Pub, standing next to the TSU homecoming sign, R’Nia, a homeschooled student at Alachua eSchool, enjoyed chicken wings and french fries, a moment she fondly recalls: “I was standing next to the TSU homecoming sign at Germantown Pub, where I had dinner with Dr. Carjie Scott. If it weren’t for EEF, I would have never had this type of experience.” Together, they discussed her plans and determined that child psychology would be a great major to choose in college. Later, beneath a fighter jet engine donated to TSU by graduate Lieutenant General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, her curiosity soared: “I was standing under the aircraft given to TSU by General Floyd “Fig” Newton!”

After serving in the ROTC at Tennessee State, Newton started pilot training at Williams Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona in 1966. In 1968, he served as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. In 1974, Newton was selected as a member of the USAF Thunderbirds. In 1978, he was assigned as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives. Starting in 1985, Newton served in several capacities at the USAF headquarters in the Pentagon. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1991. In 1993, Newton served as director of operations at the United States Special Operations Command. He was promoted to major general in 1993 and lieutenant general in 1995. Tennessee State University also offers a pilot program; here are the details.

During her TSU visit, R’Nia delved into the university’s history and diverse academic offerings: “I learned about the different buildings and the history of the TSU campus, discovering numerous majors and minors I can choose from!” This experience proved pivotal, helping her find her path: “I’m glad I visited TSU for the experience and the opportunity I received. I could determine what I wanted to do, possibly my dream school! I’m glad I got the college experience from a different school and point of view!”

Through the support of Overcomers International Church, R’Nia’s adventure wasn’t just a trip; it was a life-altering experience. From experiencing Nashville to receiving a personalized tour from TSU students and enjoying lunch in the Floyd Payne Center cafeteria, her journey was filled with discovery and inspiration. TSU became the canvas on which she painted her dreams, transforming her initial aspirations and setting her on a new course toward becoming a Child Psychologist—a path as bright as her gratitude.

In the echo of her own words, R’Nia’s journey stands as a testament to the power of support and exploration, guiding her toward a future prosperous with purpose, all made possible by the generosity of Overcomers International Church.

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The Education Equalizer Foundation works with middle through high school students and their families to demystify the college admittance process and provide scholars with the necessary tools to graduate.

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