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NBAA Selects Three Students to Receive USAIG/PDP Scholarships

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, October 10, 2000 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has selected three students in aviation-related collegiate programs to receive Professional Development Program (PDP) scholarships from the United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG). Matthew Brown, Allen Guttormson and Millicent Parker each will receive $1,000.

Matthew Brown is a junior at the University of North Dakota and is planning to major in aviation management and commercial aviation. He recently earned a commercial pilot’s license with both single- and multi-engine land ratings, along with an instrument rating. Upon graduation, Matthew has plans to pursue a Master’s degree with hopes of one day securing a management position within a corporate flight department.

Allen Guttormson, also a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, is planning to major in aeronautics and commercial aviation. For the short term, he plans to continue his studies in aeronautics and build his flight credentials. Allen has expressed his commitment and desire to one day fly for a corporate flight department.

Millicent Parker is a senior at Central Missouri State University and plans to major in aviation technology. Having previously worked as an operations manager at a FBO, she is already familiar with and motivated by many aspects of business aviation. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in aviation safety with the goal of securing a management position within a corporate flight department.

NBAA, in cooperation with the University Aviation Association (UAA), has developed the Professional Development Program to train future flight department leaders. PDP classes currently are available to flight department personnel through a variety of convenient and flexible delivery methods. Established training organizations and educational institutions provide management training courses in several different media, including Internet courses, video courses and seminars.

To be eligible for an USAIG/PDP scholarship, a student must be an undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled in an aviation-related two-year, four-year, or post-graduate degree program at an institution that offers a PDP-approved course. The applicant also is required to have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the applicant is required to submit a resume, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and an essay of at least 250 words describing his or her interest in an aviation career.

The United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) provides a complete spectrum of coverages for owners, operators, manufactures and maintainers of corporate, private and commercial aircraft. USAIG has been a Member of NBAA since 1953.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,200 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world's largest display of civil aviation products and services.