May 20, 2017 | Scholarship Recipient

2017 Dubay Scholarship Recipient Larissa Vculek

The sky is not the limit, in fact, it is home, thanks to organizations like Wings of the North.

Hi! I am Larissa Vculek, your 2017 Dubay Scholarship winner. I am extremely grateful to be awarded this year’s scholarship, and had a blast attending the Pancake Feed, seeing the museum, meeting the members, and learning what Wings of the North is all about. What an awesome organization and great members!

Now to a brief history on my involvement with aviation. My dad got his Private Pilot’s license when he was 18 and has flown on the side ever since. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be in control of something so powerful. However, being from a small-farm-town-in North Dakota and not knowing many people in an aviation career, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue it for a living or do it for fun. After a tour at Minnesota State University, Mankato and meeting with some flight students, I had made a decision. And it was an easy decision. I wanted to become a professional pilot.

I am currently a junior in the Aviation Professional Flight program at MSU and vice president of our Women in Aviation chapter. I work as a dispatcher at North Star Aviation where I flight train. I got my Private Pilot’s License in February and my Instrument Rating in May. I am currently working on the Commercial Rating and plan to get my Instructor Ratings as well. When not studying, flying, or working, I enjoy horseback riding, running, yoga, and anything that involves promoting aviation!

Thanks, Wings of the North, for promoting aviation and all you do for your current and future pilots as we strive to advance in the world of aviation.



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