Alexander Allison

Aug 15, 2009   //   by admin   //   Scholarship Recipients  //  No Comments

Scholarship Recipient Date: August 15, 2009

Alexander Allison’s name might ring a bell. When First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at his high school graduation in spring 2009 it made national news – and she mentioned him and K-State’s aviation program specifically.

During the summer of 2006, while a student at Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School, Alexander participated in Washington D.C. Aerospace Flight Academy, a program that brought high school students from the D.C. area to Kansas State University to expose them to aviation. He got a few hours of flight time in during that week, and he was hooked on aviation.

As his high school graduation got closer, he started looking into aviation schools, focusing his search on K-State and Embry Riddle.  “I decided on K-State because of my previous experiences with the school and it’s affordability,” he said.

Alexander expects to have at least one part-time job sophomore year and appreciates the financial assistance the Burton Scholarship provides. “It will really cut down on my student loans,” he said. “I get a little bit of help from my parents, but most of the cost is on me.” He tries not to let financial worries interfere with his education.

“My favorite memory from learning to fly is when my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) gave me the pencil test,” he said. “He put a pencil on the middle dash to see if I was making coordinated turns. The pencil should stay in place if it’s coordinated and will roll to one side or the other if you use too much rudder or aileron. It was really cool.”

After graduation, Alexander wants to become an Air Force pilot and then start a fixed base operation.

His favorite part of flying: the calm openness.

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