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NBAA Promotes Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Through 2012 Scholarship Awards

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, January 19, 2012 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee have announced the 14 recipients of the 2012 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship. The announcement was made during the Association's 23rd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held this week from January 15 to 18 in San Diego, CA.

The annual training awards, donated by Member Companies, promote the career development of current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers who seek to advance their aviation careers through training. This year's scholarship donors are: Airline Ground Schools, ASI Group, Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training, CornerStone Strategies LLC, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FlightSafety International, Jeppesen, MedAire, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., and the NBAA GA Desk.

The 2012 award recipients are:  

  • Mekdim Bogale, Medroc Gold Mine
  • Christopher Cloutier, Alpha Flying, Inc.
  • Patty Cupcupin, Aviation Concepts Holding, Inc.
  • Douglas Haddaway, Mountain Air Cargo
  • Emily Hirschman, ELJ Aviation
  • Don Jackson, Delta Air Lines
  • Mutebi Jackson, Air Uganda
  • Valerie O’Grady, private pilot and flight attendant
  • Matt Porter, Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • Bonnie Ream, United States Aviation
  • Douglas Schiff, SeaGil Software Company
  • Christopher Smith, Universal Jet Aviation
  • William Swett, Jet Linx Aviation
  • Mayy Wassil, Elderhostel

NBAA's S&D Committee offers scholarships through two separate but related programs that specifically promote professional and career development for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers.

The Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship program, initiated in 2004, offers opportunities for scholarship recipients to gain access to hands-on teaching initiatives. Through a separate Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship program, the committee offers cash grants, which can be used for a variety of professional development initiatives. Since 1997, more than $460,250 has been awarded to schedulers and dispatchers through this program.

For more information about NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, contact NBAA Director, Operations & Educational Development Jo Damato at jdamato@nbaa.org. Visit the S&D Conference web site at www.nbaa.org/sdc.

NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. For more information about NBAA scholarships or to download application forms, contact NBAA Director, Operations Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.