Brycen Scholz

Aug 15, 2011   //   by admin   //   Scholarship Recipients  //  No Comments

Brycen Scholz, a junior in K-State Salina’s professional program from Atchison, Kan., has been around aviation all his life. He grew up close to the airport in Amelia Earhart’s hometown and his father, uncle, and grandfather all are hobby pilots.

His earliest aviation memory is of a flight he took in his dad and uncle’s bi-plane at the age of 5.

“They were doing fun laps and acrobatics. I was scared and crying and my dad said ‘let’s get this kid out of the plane so we can do some real flying.’”

Brycen’s career plans include some “real flying.” His goal is to be a pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds’ acrobatic team. He is currently a member of the Air Force ROTC.

He is also a member of Phi Delta Theta and serves as the resident assistant and mentor for the Greek floor in the residence halls. In 2010 he competed with K-State’s Flight Team at the regional SAFECON competition, participating in the message drop and aircraft recognition events.

Brycen began accumulating flight hours as a freshman. He has 152 hours of flight time in the Cessna Skyhawk 172 and takes pride in making his landings as smooth as possible.

“The Burton scholarship will help me get the flight hours I need to earn my commercial rating and will also provide flight time in the Bonanza. This is a great opportunity. I have two older sisters in college so my family really appreciates the help with my flight costs.”

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