Today, Narcis Glamocak of St. Louis works at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as an interpreter. But in the future, he plans on sitting behind the flight deck controls of a jet airplane, taking his future onwards at subsonic speeds.
Glamocak, 46, is achieving this by being a pilot training student at Southwestern Illinois College. Recently, his drive and dedication was rewarded with the Wilfred M. and Audrey M. Bevin Educational Trust Scholarship, worth $40,000.
“I’m trying to get my rating in commercial and multi-engine (flight) so I can become a commercial airline pilot,” Glamocak said.
Glamocak is originally from Bosnia, and fled his country during the 1993 Bosnian War. He lived in Germany before coming to the U.S. in 1999, where he has remained and gained his citizenship.
“I started flying back in Germany,” he said. “It was just before I came to the U.S. I couldn’t finish my private pilot’s license there, but I got my private pilots license here in 2006.”
His enthusiasm for flying remains strong. Today, he’s a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Civil Air Patrol.
That $40,000 scholarship has gone a long way, Glamocak said. He had also previously earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation Management from SWIC in 2012.
The money will help him earn his commercial pilot’s license. SWIC tuition and fees are: $1,368 for the 12-semster-credit Private Pilot Certificate; $3,762 for the 33-semester-credit Aviation Pilot Training Certificate; and $7,542 for the 66-semester-credit
Aviation Pilot Training Associate in Applied Science degree. However, actual flight training, aircraft rental, fuel and FAA certification flights add up to about $45,000, which is paid by the student directly to the airport flight training facility.
As he wraps up his pilot training, he said he plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale at the SWIC Belleville Campus. SWIC is a partner institution for SIUC for this program, allowing students to
remain in the Metro East while finishing up their degrees.
Pilot Training Program Coordinator Keith Mueller had high praise for Glamocak.
“His motivation has been evident his entire life through his many struggles to get to the U.S. and St. Louis,” Mueller said. “I’m proud to say SWIC is helping him work toward his piloting career goals, to capstone his long, difficult journey.”
Glamocak said he was thrilled to be earning a second degree at the college.
“Every flight is an adventure,” he said.
Glamocak was able to find the scholarship with the aid of the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association, an organization designed to help organize and promote flight safety and instruction. Mueller is the current president of the association.
SWIC also has a variety of scholarships such as this available through the college Foundation.
For more information on the SWIC Aviation Pilot Training program, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5683.