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How One Scheduler Used Her Training Scholarship to Obtain a Dispatcher License – and How You Can, Too

Aug. 19, 2013

As Kailey Dwyer puts it, ”What do you have to lose? It would be silly not to apply” for a NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Monetary or Training Scholarship. Dwyer is a scheduler for the Part 91 flight department at ConAgra Foods, Inc., and she also is a past recipient of an NBAA training award provided by Airline Ground Schools, a longtime scholarship donor.

Dwyer decided to pursue her dispatcher’s license after brainstorming about the future of her career. She had earned her private pilot’s license in college, but working as a scheduler had never crossed her mind. Now, as a licensed dispatcher, she has ”fallen in love” with her current position, relishing her role as the ”eyes and ears on the ground” for her flight department.

Receiving her license also elevated her role into a more specialized position, in which she assists her flightcrews with some of their duties, such as analyzing the weather, and this is help they have come to rely on. The benefits from Dwyer’s scholarship and dispatcher’s license continue. She now has an intern working with her, and she anticipates more responsibilities from management. Her goal is to continue moving towards a larger management role and possibly becoming a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM).

But Dwyer knows that she could not have done it all on her own.

She remains thankful for all of the support she received from her flight department – including the pilots and maintenance technicians who helped her study for her written exam. Dwyer is also grateful to her company for both supporting her decision to improve her skills and for acknowledging the value of continuing education.

She also credits her ability to get a dispatcher’s license to her S&D training award from Airline Ground Schools. Dwyer is joined by many other past and present scholarship recipients who are appreciative for the ongoing and steadfast support given by all of the S&D scholarship donors.

Application Checklist

Anyone working in aviation or looking to begin a career in aviation is eligible to apply for NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships, which are online at:

Here's a quick and easy application checklist to get started:

  1. Complete the monetary or training scholarship application.
  2. Write a 500-word essay.
  3. Include a copy of a current resume.
  4. Include two letters of recommendation.
  5. Submit the completed application package (including all of the above) by the deadline on the application.

About the Scholarships

The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers to enhance their careers. In conjunction with many generous donors, the committee offers a wide range of monetary and training awards each year, giving away awards of up to $10,000 per applicant.

The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is grateful for the ongoing support of all of its scholarship donors: Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., AC-U-KWIK, Jet Aviation, Savoya, Rockwell Collins Flight Information Solutions, Airline Ground Schools, Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training, CornerStone Strategies LLC, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fireside Partners, FlightSafety International, Frontier/Medex, Jeppesen, MedAire, Inc. and NBAA Air Traffic Services (formerly the NBAA GA Desk). Direct scholarship questions to NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or