The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced details of forthcoming scholarship programmes aimed at promoting business aviation careers.

Six scholarship programmes have been confirmed, benefiting about 70 students, in fields ranging from maintenance and technical work to flight attendants.

More than $40,000 has been committed by NBAA and its partners to award to the successful students. NBAA programme specialist Sarah Dicke says: “Pilot programmes are sexy, but you may not hear much about maintenance. Our scholarships promote professions that might be pushed to the back a little. Everyone wants to go into airlines. We try to get people to recognise corporate aviation as a viable career.”

The six programmes are:

  •  Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation Scholarship. Avfuel and NBAA offer $500 to a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in an aviation-related degree course at one of five Michigan universities, including Andrews University and Northwestern Michigan College. Closing date: 1 August.
  • Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship. Created in 2001, the programme awards $5,000 each to five undergraduate students, enrolled at NBAA member institutions. Closing date: 1 August.
  • Nordam Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship. This award was created by aircraft component manufacturing and repair organisation Nordam. The $2,500 award goes to one student enrolled full-time as an aerospace engineering or aeronautical systems maintenance engineering major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Closing date: 1 August.
  • UAA Janice K Barden Aviation Scholarship. Each year, NBAA awards $5,000 to five undergraduates studying aviation-related subjects at NBAA and University Aviation Association member institutions. Closing date: 1 November.
  • USAIG PDP Scholarship. The US Aircraft Insurance Group awards $1,000 a year to a student at any college or university that offers the NBAA Professional Development Programme (PDP).The PDP was developed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles in business aviation flight departments. People from all types of specialist background have benefited from the management training since the programme’s launch in 1998. Closing date: 1 August.
  • William M Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. NBAA awards $5,000 to two applicants each year, who must be pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. One award benefits a student enrolled in an accredited airframe and powerplant programme at an approved FAR Part 147 school, the other an individual who has been accepted for a similar programme.

Closing date: 1 August.

NBAA also sponsors six other scholarships during the year.


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Source: Flight International