Scholarships

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The NBAA Charities scholarship program, generously supported by NBAA Member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians.

Individuals who have received NBAA Charities scholarships have gone on to even more successful careers in business aviation. “It’s very rewarding to see where these professionals have started and where they are today,” says NBAA Director, Professional Development Jay Evans, who coordinates the scholarships. “Helping one another in this industry is what a career in business aviation is all about.”

Take advantage of these offerings to ascend in your aviation career; apply for an NBAA Charities scholarship today.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

The following scholarship programs have upcoming application deadlines. This page is updated regularly as new applications become available.

Scholarship Overview

NBAA Charities offers a wide range of scholarship options for current and aspiring business aviation professionals. For details about monetary and training awards, click on the following links or scroll down.

 

View Scholarships for Students      |      View Scholarships for Professionals

Scholarships for Students

NBAA Charities currently offers the following scholarships to highly qualified students studying aviation-related curricula at institutions of higher learning.

Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Undergraduate
Target Area Within
Business Aviation:
Students pursuing a career in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions
Total Scholarship Award:
$5,000 for educational costs
Application Deadline:
Typically July
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each academic year
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment or acceptance into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing; minimum GPA of 3.0

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

Target Candidate:
One student enrolled in A&P Part 147 program; one student accepted but not enrolled in A&P program
Target Area Within
Business Aviation:
Business aviation maintenance technician
Total Scholarship Award:
Two awards of $2,500 for educational costs
Application Deadline:
Typically July
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each fall
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Officially enrolled in an accredited A&P program or accepted for enrollment by an approved FAR Part 147 school

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Undergraduate
Target Area Within
Business Aviation:
Aviation students who demonstrate honesty, integrity and selflessness
Total Scholarship Award:
Five awards of $4,500 for educational costs
Application Deadline:
Typically July
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each fall
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment in an aviation-related program at an NBAA/UAA member institution; rising sophomore or higher standing; minimum GPA of 3.0

Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Undergraduate
Target Area Within
Business Aviation:
Students pursuing a career in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions who show an exceptional commitment to customer service
Total Scholarship Award:
$2,500 for educational costs
Application Deadline:
Typically August
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each academic year
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment or acceptance into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing; minimum GPA of 3.0

UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Undergraduate
Target Area Within
Business Aviation:
Studies in aviation-related curricula at NBAA/UAA institutions
Total Scholarship Award:
Five awards of $1,000 for educational costs
Application Deadline:
Typically November
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each spring
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment in an aviation-related program at an NBAA/UAA member institution; sophomore or higher standing; minimum GPA of 3.0

Scholarships for Working Professionals

In addition to offering scholarships for students, NBAA Charities also offers several monetary and training scholarships to promote professionalism and career advancement for aviation professionals such as flight department managers, pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. These scholarships are administered by NBAA standing committees and would not be possible without the generous financial support of NBAA Member donors.

Certified Aviation Manager Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Current Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) seeking to renew their CAM credential, or qualified CAM exam candidates wishing to pursue certification
Award Designation:
Monetary awards
Award Amount:
For current CAMs, $300 to cover the cost of renewing the credential; for CAM candidates, $1,225 to cover the cost of the exam application, the CAM Study Guide and the CAM exam registration fee
Application Deadline:
Typically March
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each June
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Other Requirements:
Qualified CAM exam candidates must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the scholarship award date; review CAM requirements

Leadership Conference Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Aviation professionals and students interested in attending the annual NBAA Leadership Conference for education about flight department management
Award Designation:
Monetary awards
Award Amount:
Complimentary Leadership Conference registration, plus $850 to cover related expenses
Application Deadline:
Typically November
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each February
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Other Requirements:
Qualified CAM exam candidates (must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the scholarship award date); review CAM requirements

Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Aviation managers who are also qualified CAM exam candidates in pursuit of their CAM certification
Award Designation:
Monetary award
Award Amount:
$1,225: To cover CAM application fee, CAM Study Guide, exam registration fee and Leadership Conference registration
Application Deadline:
Typically November
Notification/Award Period:
Awarded each February
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Other Requirements:
Qualified CAM exam candidates (must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the scholarship award date); review CAM requirements

Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Current or aspiring business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians
Award Designation:
Monetary and training awards
Award Amount:
Various – review the application
Application Deadline:
Typically March
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
No
Other Requirements:
Aspiring or current flight attendant or flight technician
 

Download the 2015 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship donor form (PDF)

 

International Operators Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Individuals entering the business aviation industry or current aviation professionals seeking to expand their career in international operations
Award Designation:
Monetary awards
Award Amount:
Educational or training costs up to $9,000
Application Deadline:
Typically November
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA International Operators Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
No
Other Requirements:
Application, essay and one professional letter of recommendation

Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS)

Target Candidate:
Current or aspiring business aviation maintenance technicians
Award Designation:
Training awards
Award Amount:
Various – review the application
Application Deadline:
Typically March
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
Yes
Other Requirements:
Current holder of an A&P employed in general aviation; student currently enrolled in accredited A&P program/Part 147 school; or aviation military personnel

Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Current or aspiring business aviation professionals
Award Designation:
Monetary award
Award Amount:
Funds of up to $3,500 to be used for professional/educational training may be awarded to one recipient annually who embodies a commitment to excellence, as the scholarship's namesake did.
Application Deadline:
February
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
No
Other Requirements:
Application, essay, resume, two letters of recommendation

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers
Award Designation:
Monetary awards
Award Amount:
Educational costs up to $10,000 for continuing scheduler/dispatcher education or training
Application Deadline:
Typically September
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
No
Other Requirements:
18 years old, application, essay, resume and two signed letters of recommendation

Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship

Target Candidate:
Current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers
Award Designation:
Training awards
Award Amount:
Various – review the application
Application Deadline:
Typically September
Notification/Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent
Resident Status Required?
No
Other Requirements:
18 years old, application, essay, resume and two signed letters of recommendation

For More Information

NBAA Charities is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and all donations made to NBAA Charities are tax deductible. Companies wishing to donate funds or training awards in support of scholarships may make donations by check payable to “NBAA Charities” and sent to NBAA Charities, 1200 G St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. Note the name of the specific scholarship in the check "remarks" field. All monetary donations to NBAA Charities will include a 10-percent administrative fee.

For more information, click on the links above to individual scholarship pages, or direct questions to the NBAA staff at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].