NBAA offers a wide range of scholarships for current and aspiring business aviation professionals, and in the coming year will provide nearly $100,000 for cash awards for tomorrow’s industry leaders.
Applications for five of these scholarships are now available online, with awards available for college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are preparing for a career in business aviation. The scholarships with upcoming application deadlines are:
- Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship – due July 31, 2013
- William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship – due July 31, 2013
- Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship – due July 31, 2013
- NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship – due July 31, 2013
- UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship– due Nov. 1, 2013
NBAA scholarship recipients often move on to more successful careers in business aviation. Since the scholarship program was launched during NBAA’s 1992 Convention, the Association has awarded several million dollars in monetary and training scholarships, said Jay Evans, NBAA director of professional development.
“It’s all part of a commitment by NBAA and its membership to attract more young people to work in business aviation and to help professionals already working in the industry grow and advance in their careers,” said Evans. “It’s a very big program right now, and a lot of people have benefited.”
While eligibility qualifications vary depending on the scholarship, all require that applicants supply at least one letter of recommendation and a written essay or statement explaining why he or she is seeking a scholarship.
Given the ever-changing needs of the industry, NBAA welcomes new scholarship sponsors. All the money donated in support of scholarships is tax-deductible. NBAA also is interested in setting up an educational endowment.
Over the years, NBAA and several of its Members have established scholarships to honor notable individuals in business aviation.
For example, NBAA and Conklin & de Decker established the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship to benefit undergraduates pursuing careers in business aviation management at NBAA- and UAA-affiliated institutions. The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Al Conklin, U.S. Air Force veteran, co-founder of Conklin & de Decker and a business aviation leader for more than 60 years.
The Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship was created in 2001 by NBAA and the family and friends of the late Lawrence Ginocchio to honor his outstanding personal contribution to the business aviation community. The scholarship benefits undergraduate students officially enrolled at NBAA/UAA-member institutions. Notably, applicants should not only possess a passion for aviation, as Larry Ginocchio did, but also have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others.
In addition to monetary scholarships, NBAA also offers nearly $300,000 a year in training awards for industry working professionals, including pilots, maintenance personnel, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. Training scholarships generally come in the form of a donated training event sponsored by various companies, and they typically are administered by an NBAA standing committee. “JetOptions is a member of NBAA and we support the scholarship programs that NBAA offers” said Gus Lira, JetOptions Private Jets Vice President.
Scholarships for working professionals include:
- Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship
- Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship
- Leadership Conference Scholarship
- International Operators Scholarship
- Maintenance TRACS
- Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship
Scholarship application deadlines vary, and new applications are posted on a rolling basis throughout the year. For the latest application deadlines and an overview of each scholarship, visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships.