Andrew Hoyler

Andrew Hoyler participated in Purdue University’s Back a Boiler – ISA Fund during his junior year.  Before graduating, Hoyler worried he would need to commit all of his monthly income to repaying student loans. 

“It was looking like my first few years out of Purdue were going to be really rough, because my student loans would be so high,” said Hoyler. “I would have had to live at home and work two or three jobs to avoid falling into even greater debt. Being accepted in the program meant more than words can describe because its shows that Purdue does care about their graduates. Receiving the funding helped me 1) financially: because I was able to budget for things and 2) emotionally: because I was able to look forward to the future.”

His future involved becoming a pilot. Hoyler grew up just outside of Washington, D.C. in Virginia and decided to join Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute as a junior in high school.

“I wanted to be a pilot,” Hoyler said. “There are not many flights schools in the U.S., so I had a limited choice. I wanted the big school atmosphere, with big sports teams—a place that wasn’t just aviation. As much as I loved aviation, I needed that break and needed to have friends that didn’t just want to talk about planes all the time. Purdue was the first school I visited, and I fell in love right away.”

Aside from his Professional Flight major, he also accomplished an Organizational Leadership minor (now referred to as the Technology Leadership and Innovation minor). Hoyler’s student activities kept him very busy as well. He participated in Intramural Sports as a player, supervisor, and head official; acted as a Resident Assistant during his last two years; taught as a Student Flight Instructor; and joined Purdue Professional Pilots (PPP). Of these opportunities, he appreciated most his positions as an instructor and in PPP.

“My experience as a student flight instructor was very rewarding,” said Hoyler, “because I was able to take everything I had learned and pass it on to younger students. Also, I was a member of Purdue Professional Pilots, an aviation networking club connecting student pilots to industry pilots. The aviation industry is so small that knowing the right people can get you into a job a lot faster.”   

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