Lauren Quandt


Lauren Quant used her Dare to Dream Scholarship for an Instrument Rating in 2016.

Lauren Quandt knew from the age of seven that she wanted to fly. That year she watched a space shuttle launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Watching the aircraft float up through the air with ease was an impressive display, and all she wanted to do was to be a part of it. From that day on, Lauren read everything she could about the field of aviation and for years all her Halloween costumes related to flying. “I’m sure my family thought it was cute and I would change my plans, but I knew that wasn’t the case.”

In high school Lauren enrolled in a co-op program at the MIAT College of Technology which focused on aviation maintenance. At the age of 18, she received her Airframe and Powerplant license. Using the license, she worked several jobs to pay for flight lessons. In 2015, she received her Private Pilot’s license.

Currently, Lauren is attending Western Michigan University working toward a double major in Aviation Flight Science and Aviation Maintenance Technology. Her ultimate goal is to become a life flight pilot. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Willow Run Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Lauren appreciates all the wonderful instructors, employers and mentors that she’s had the pleasure to work with so far, but is especially grateful for the financial support offered to her through the Dare to Dream Scholarship Program. Instrument rating check ride completed June 2016.