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NBAA Encourages Careers in Business Aviation With Student Scholarships

Several Scholarship Recipients Announced at NBAA Convention

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

Las Vegas, NV, October 11, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) offers a wide range of scholarships that encourage young people to seek careers in business aviation. This afternoon at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), many students were recognized for receiving the following NBAA awards: Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, USAIG/PDP Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship and David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship.

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

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 business aviation. Recipients should possess a passion for aviation, as Larry Ginocchio did, and have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others. The following students received this award:

  • Whitney Brouwer­ is a sophomore at LeTourneau University majoring in aircraft systems with an electrical technology concentration. She has a private pilot certificate and also plans to obtain her A&P certificate. As a pilot and mechanic she wants to be able to help design intelligent cockpit displays that are easy to use. She volunteered over 120 hours with numerous groups to help rebuild homes in communities destroyed by flooding.
  • Michael Hull is a sophomore transferring to Middle Georgia College to major in the professional pilot program. He has a passion for flying and feels the qualities required to be a business aviation pilot include leadership and professionalism. He has completed mission trips to support victims from poverty in the Dominican Republic.
  • Leslie Jackson is a senior at Hampton University. She has a private pilot’s license and worked as an intern for the Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia. She has helped with elderly family care and worked as an advocate for community recycling.
  • Kevin Rankin is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in mechanical engineering (propulsion). He is a certified flight instructor with a CFII and MEI and more than 630 hours flight time. He has volunteered time with a model airplane club and an equestrian club.
  • Travis Stallworth is a graduate student pursuing an MBA at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BA degree at Auburn University. He has worked with an air ambulance company providing air travel to patients, including injured soldiers, and plans to become a flight department manager. He has volunteered with various charitable groups to help with care for the homeless and home repair from natural disasters.

Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship

The Conklin Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Al Conklin, a U.S. Air Force veteran, business aviation leader and member of NBAA's Operations Committee for many years. This year’s recipient is Christine Dow, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing a BS in business administration, air transportation, with a minor in air traffic management. She has been an intern with Rolls-Royce Regional Customer Training Center and is interested in airport management.

USAIG PDP Scholarship

The U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) PDP Scholarship provides funds for students to take NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) courses. This year’s recipient is Teressa Lau, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing a BS in aeronautical science and a minor in unmanned aircraft systems. She has a private pilot’s license, instrument rating, and commercial pilot multi-engine with over 144 hours.

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

The Fanning Scholarship is named in honor of retired NBAA staff member William M. Fanning, who was active in maintenance issues during his nearly 20-year tenure at the Association. This year’s recipients are as follows:

  • Robert Boyle, an enrolled A&P student at Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology. He has an Associate’s degree and spent 10 years in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics technician. He has also earned an Aircraft Electronics Technician Certification from NCATT.
  • Paul Mizak is an entering student at Western Michigan University enrolled in aviation maintenance. He graduated from high school cum laude and intends to specialize in jet engines.

NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship

The NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship was created by The NORDAM Group to honor the lifetime achievements of two aerospace engineering pioneers, Dee Howard and Etienne Fage. Receiving the award this year is Amanda Bjorkland, a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in electrical engineering. She previously served in the U.S. Navy, completed Naval Nuclear Power School, and interned with NASA. She also has served in the Civil Air Patrol.

David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship

NBAA established the David W. Ewald Journalism Scholarship in 2007 to benefit a student intending to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarship is named in honor of Dave Ewald, who spent nearly 50 years serving the business aviation community as a magazine publisher and industry spokesperson. This year’s recipient is Kara Philp, a journalism student at Arizona State University who previously served in the U.S. Air Force as a public affairs specialist. She also was previously deployed to Iraq and used her journalism skills in a combat zone.

For More Information

To learn more about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by the Association, contact NBAA's Jay Evans, director, operations, at (202) 783-9353 or jevans@nbaa.org, or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships.

For complete Convention coverage, visit the NBAA2011 Online News Bureau

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