Christopher Rogers

Aug 15, 2010   //   by admin   //   Scholarship Recipients  //  No Comments

Scholarship Recipient Date: August 15, 2010

Christopher Rogers may have taught himself to juggle, but it’s a talent he won’t need as much after receiving the Burton Scholarship. “The scholarship will ease the tension of balancing finances and studying. Now I won’t have to take out a loan for multi-engine training or to work on my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor rating),” he said.

Chris is a junior, majoring as a professional pilot and is considering a minor in aviation safety. Even though he has lived all over the country, in Seattle, Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, and Topeka, he considers Lyndon, Kansas his home.

He came to K-State at Salina after hearing about the aviation program from his Air National Guard recruiter. Chris is a KC-135 electric/environmental mechanic for the Air National Guard, a commitment that requires training for 1 weekend per month and 2 weeks per year.

Despite his step-grandfather being a corporate pilot, Chris had only been a passenger on commercial flights before arriving on the K-State at Salina campus. Within two weeks of class starting he was in the cockpit. “The first time I flew, my CFI gave me the controls and said, ‘You’re flying.’ That’s my favorite memory of flying,” he said.

Chris appreciates the academic opportunities K-State at Salina provides, both in and out of the cockpit. “The program is great,” he said. “The campus is right next to the airport, flight costs are low, and we have a transportation lab which lets us build turbine time. Class sizes are small, even in the non-aviation classes, all of my professors care and will take time to answer your questions even after class.”

Chris also appreciates the academic atmosphere available outside of the classroom. “We have tutors for almost every subject, the writing center is available for everyone, and the people in the library are really helpful when we have to write a research paper.”

When Chris isn’t busy building flight time or attending classes he is a math tutor and an SGA senator. He belongs to Flight Team and Alpha Eta Rho and served a term as a Student Ambassador. The rest of his spare time he spends reading comic books – especially those featuring Spiderman, watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with his friends.

Chris’ career goals are to work for an airline and then become a corporate pilot.

His favorite part of flying: Knowing you’re in control of the plane and having the freedom to go wherever you want.

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