By Angel MedFlight Contributor
As Angel MedFlight continues to take applications for its Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, we thought this would be a perfect time to catch up with 2012 scholarship winner Caroline Gleb, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.
Heard about the scholarship through a friend at school. A friend of a relative was in the air ambulance industry and he sent her the link to our website. Gleb has long considered a career in air ambulance and while she browsed the site she came across the scholarship link.
Something that makes the Angel MedFlight scholarship unique is applicants must submit a video biography, along with other required materials. Gleb says the video interview was new and different and she liked it a lot better than other scholarship entry forms which call for an essay. Gleb makes it no secret that she doesn't like writing much. She says it was a lot easier to come up with a short script and to be herself in front of the camera giving answers to various questions. "It was something different and something cool, something where I could actually express myself and Angel MedFlight could see my personality."
She's been interested in flying and a career in aviation since middle school. A lot of the credit goes to her father, who to this day, takes Caroline and her younger sister to air shows every year. She says one year in middle school it just clicked and that being a pilot seemed like a "really cool career." But it wasn't until high school when she started to pursue her dream and think of what college she would attend.
Gleb grew up on Vashon Island on Puget Sound in Washington. Pilot training programs were in short supply on the small island so when it came time to apply to college, Gleb enrolled at Embry-Riddle where she is just a few credit hours away from earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. She chose Embry-Riddle because she could work on her four-year degree while also getting her flight training.
Upon graduation Gleb wants to work as a flight instructor at Embry-Riddle. "I'm very familiar with their training program and I think it's an awesome school. I've loved my experience here," says Gleb. She says while working as a flight instructor, she'd gain a lot of knowledge and experience, which she knows will come in handy when she becomes a full-fledged pilot. Gleb says ultimately she wants to become a commercial pilot or work for an air ambulance company. "Working for an air ambulance company would be my number-one goal. I love flying," says Gleb.
Finding out she had won the 2012 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation was a big thrill for Gleb. "I wasn't really expecting it. It was so exciting to have someone appreciate all the hard work that I have put in throughout my four years here. It was such an awesome feeling to see that you guys had picked me over other applicants. I am so grateful for everything that Angel MedFlight has given me."
Gleb's scholarship was well-earned. At the time of her application Gleb was not only taking on her course load at Embry-Riddle, she was also working as a dispatcher and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and serving as vice president of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. Through all this, Gleb maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
Her advice to this year's scholarship applicants? She says "make a video that shows who you are and shows what your career goals are. Be who you are on the video and people will appreciate that."
Gleb calls Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance "an awesome company." We think Gleb, our 2012 scholarship winner, is pretty awesome too.