ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - At the Four Star Freightliner in Montgomery, Jerry Kocan decided to roll with an opportunity to help graduating senior Johnny Montgomery of Stanhope Elmore High School.
"It's great to give back to help someone on their way," Kocan said.
A few nights ago, the Elmore County Technical Center honored Montgomery for his academic achievements. It is there where Four Star awarded Montgomery with a $1,000 scholarship, money that will pay for a full year's worth of textbooks at his next stop after high school, the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado.
"I was really surprised. Just the whole award thing. I've just been myself," Montgomery said.
Facilitating the logistics behind it all was the Central Alabama Community Foundation.
"Where normal businesses or individuals may not know the best way about doing that, that's where we come into play," said Burton Ward, President of CACC. Including the Four Star scholarship, the teen says he's piled up more than $11,000 in scholarship money, much of it coming from the Red Tail Foundation.
"With me being ROTC, that actually helps create a little bit more foundation for me with a military background," said Montgomery.
The senior wants to become a fighter pilot. At 17, he's already flying a small plane. Those who know him say he's on his way, and Jerry Kocan will be able to say he helped a future aviator from the ground up.
"You gotta love kids with that kind of ambition," Kocan admitted.
Talk about a versatile teen; Montgomery not only quarterbacked the high school football team last fall but is also a member of several clubs at Stanhope Elmore High School where he's earned a GPA of 3.6. He graduates from Stanhope Elmore on May 21.