Bryan Valliere

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

Scholarship Recipient Date: August 15, 2010

Despite the fact that he grew up in the “Air Capital of the World” and his dad is an engineer for Boeing, Bryan Valliere had never flown a plane before August 2008 when he started his freshman year at K-State Salina. His interest in aviation was sparked at the age of 15, however, when he and his dad went to an air show at McConnell Air Force Base.

Bryan is a sophomore, majoring in professional pilot with a minor in business and has his private pilot instrument rating. He first learned about K-State’s aviation program when he was a sophomore in high school, and K-State came highly recommended by a family friend who owns Midwest Corporate Aviation.

He didn’t look at any other program and doesn’t regret it. “Students here have good relationships with the professors. That’s not common at a college,” Bryan said. “And I love flying the Super Decathlon.”

When he’s not in the sky or in the classroom, Bryan stays busy in other ways on campus. He’s a member of the Flight Team and participates in every Intramural sport he can. He’s the president of Phi Delta Theta for 2010/2011. He was a Resident Assistant and a member of the Student Delegation at AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s contemplating joining the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter and looking for a part time job when the fall semester starts. To get away from school, he goes backpacking in Colorado or takes his motorcycle out for a spin.

Bryan appreciates the inspiration that the Burton Scholarship has given him. “Knowing that someone has an interest in me and my success keeps me motivated. I want to do a better job in school to show them that I’m thankful for their help.”

Bryan hopes to join the U.S. Navy after graduation and recently applied for their pilot program. He will likely do just fine in the navy. After all, out of all the memories he’s made at K-State at Salina so far, his favorite is his first snap roll in his Upset Attitudes class.

Favorite part of flying: Flying at dusk above the clouds when the sunset is a hazy, beautiful orange as well as the speed and adrenaline rush.

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