Shelby Schulz, a Hazelwood West High School Alumna, recently earned her private pilot’s license.
Schulz caught the flying bug when she participated in a week long transportation summit at St. Louis University Parks Airport.
“I wanted to have my pilot license before graduating from high school last month, but I continually had check rides cancelled due to the poor weather conditions,” said Schulz. “Now I am working on earning my driver’s license!”
Schulz has many talents and will be attending University of Central Missouri in the fall studying aviation and working towards a bachelor’s degree in commercial pilot. Earlier this spring, she received the Kenneth W. Thomason Aviation Opportunity Scholarship from the University of Central Missouri. Schulz also auditioned for the University of Central Missouri Orchestra and marching band. She was offered a spot in both to play violin for the orchestra and snare for the drum line.
Schulz aspires to become an airline or a corporate entity pilot.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association High School Aviation Initiative is one of the components of You Can Fly, an umbrella program. The program is designed to build the pilot community with initiatives to support flying clubs, encourage best practices in flight training, and help high school students learn about careers in aviation.