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Two Aviation Science Students Receive Barbour Scholarship

Barbour scholarship recipients pose with SLU faculty and aministrators.

Grace Kane and Ashley Storz pose with their Laura Taber Barbour Scholarship awards, Aviation Science faculty, the Dean of SLU's Parks College and Babour scholarship fund board members. 

Grace Kane and Ashley Storz, two students studying aeronautics at Saint Louis University, have received a scholarship from the Laura Taber Barbour Scholarship Fund in recognition of their high academic achievement and contributions to the field of aviation safety.

The Laura Taber Barbour Scholarship Fund, established by The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation, awards scholarships nationwide to students enrolled in aviation career studies who have demonstrated academic excellence. Recipients are nominated by their university professors and then selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. Since the Scholarship Fund’s establishment in 2019, Saint Louis University’s Parks College aviation students have received the award annually.

This year, Grace Kane, flight science senior from West Bloomfield, MI, and Ashley Storz, aviation management and psychology junior from St. Louis, MO, received the honor. At a ceremony hosted in McDonnell Douglas Hall at the end of March, both students were presented with certificates and lapel pins to recognize their accomplishments and designate them as Barbour Scholars. Board members from the Laura Taber Barbour Foundation joined the ceremony via Zoom. The ceremony included remarks from Aviation Science Department Chair, Stephen Magoc, as well as remarks from the Foundation’s board members. Interim Dean Duellman and Aviation Science faculty members also attended the ceremony.

Of her accomplishment, Kane said, “I am honored to be recognized as a recipient of the Laura Taber Barbour Scholarship. The scholarship funds will allow me to continue making advancements in aviation safety at Saint Louis University and to complete the training to become a certificated flight instructor. Following my May 2022 graduation, I plan to be a flight instructor to work towards my goal of flying for a Fortune 500 or similar corporation.”

Storz echoed similar sentiment, sharing, “​​"This scholarship allows me to continue my formal education in a field I am passionate about and look forward to being in someday. Receiving this award means having a group of people behind me that see potential in what I could offer to the field, and that support has given me a boost to recognize I can make a tangible contribution to the aviation industry during my career."

Learn more about the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award and previous recipients here: