Flight Education Scholars Program

For the academically advanced student, the Department of Aviation Science has a Flight Education Honors Program in which the student earns Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi-Engine certificates and ratings. These students will be utilized as actual flight instructors through the Department’s practicum program in the senior year of study, earning not only additional flight time, but extremely valuable industry experience, providing the student with a competitive edge in the job market after graduation.

Please note: Students who elect not to participate in the Flight Education Scholars Program and/or are not eligible may still complete the Flight Instructor and Practicum courses as part of the Flight Education minor offered by the Department, but are not eligible for the flight fee scholarships associated with the Flight Education Scholars Program.

About the Program

  • To promote and enhance flight education, current achievement-seeking Flight Science students who are already enrolled in the program are eligible to apply for the Flight Education Scholars Program.  Benefits for students enrolled include:
  • Priority registration privileges for both coursework and flight slot sign up (3 days before assigned class registration date)
  • CFI, CFII, and MEI flight fee scholarships upon completion in designated years
  • Priority consideration for employment as part-time or full-time flight instructors at the Center for Aviation Science upon graduation
  • Dual credit for SLU Honors Program (when applied for and approved through the Honors Program director in advance)
  • Competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation


  • Major in Flight Science
  • Applicants who desire to enroll in the SLU Honors Program should consult specific requirements: http://www.slu.edu/honors
  • Attain a SLU GPA of 3.5 or greater at the end of 30 credit hours (freshman year)
  • Maintain a SLU GPA of 3.5 or greater throughout the remainder of undergraduate coursework
  • Able to complete FAA certification at Commercial Pilot level prior to the beginning of junior year
  • Commitment and ability to complete FAA certification at the Certified Flight Instructor- Single Engine level in junior year
  • Commitment and ability to complete CFI Practicum I and II during senior year

Application Process

To be considered for admission to the Flight Education Scholars Program, candidates must submit a complete application. A complete application consists of 3 components:

  1. The electronic application form
  2. A short (300 words) essay (included in the application form) addressing why the applicant wants to be in the Scholars Program and what she or he can contribute to the Scholars Program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, minimum of one from a flight instructor. The letters of recommendation should comment not only on the applicant’s academic potential but also on the applicant’s breadth of interests, commitment to academic excellence, and leadership potential. The recommendations should be from SLU faculty members, advisors, or other professionals qualified to speak to the candidate’s academic abilities.
  • Applicants should submit letters of recommendation directly to Steve Magoc, Chair of the Aviation Science Department via email, fax (314-977-8403), or mail (McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 2010, 3450 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103)

Deadlines and Award Notification

Applications from current students are reviewed twice each year and only after all materials have been submitted. Application deadlines for current students are as follows:

Submission Deadline Notification

Current Student Application Deadline for Fall : October 15 
Fall Notification : December 20

Current Student Application Deadline for Spring: April 7 
Spring Notification: April 21