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NBAA Encourages Careers in Business Aviation With Student Scholarships

Several Scholarship Recipients to Be Recognized at NBAA Convention

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

Orlando, FL, October 29, 2012 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) offers a wide range of scholarships that encourage young people to seek careers in business aviation. This week at the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), many students will be recognized for receiving the following NBAA awards: UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship and Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship.

UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

The UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship is named for the founder of Aviation Personnel International, who has been active in the aviation community for decades and has served many times as the Local Committee chair of NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention. The following five college students studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions have been selected to receive this year's Barden scholarship:

  • Steven Santucci is a Purdue University graduate who just finished his certified flight instructor instrument rating, and he next will pursue a multi-engine instructor rating.
  • Jonathan Sievert is a senior majoring in both commercial aviation and criminal justice at the University of North Dakota. He hopes to use his double major to increase his chances of working in the public sector for an organization such as the U.S. Border Patrol.
  • Derek Stewert is a graduate student at Purdue University studying aviation and aerospace management. He is a certified flight instructor currently teaching in a Cirrus SR20 and also is qualified in the Phenom 100.
  • Zachary Waller is a graduate student at the University of North Dakota majoring in aviation science. Earlier this year, he graduated with a degree in unmanned aircraft systems, part of the first UND class to have the option to major in this field. He is a certified flight instructor and has served as president of the Student Aviation Management Association.
  • Maksym Wysocki is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona majoring in aeronautics. He was a crew chief on a CH-53E Marine helicopter delivering mail to soldiers in Iraq.

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 Nicole Lordemann, a senior at Kansas State University pursuing a degree in airport management with a minor in aviation safety and business. A private pilot with an instrument rating, she has worked as an intern at Desert Jet Aviation in Thermal, CA, assisting with marketing, charter operations, safety audits, accounting support and aircraft detailing. She is currently working on her commercial license.

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

The Fanning Scholarship recognizes individuals who are studying to enter the field of business aviation maintenance. It 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:

  • Maria Liberto is a student at the Aviation Maintenance Institute in Chesapeake, VA. She has an associate's degree from Tidewater Community College and is working on a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.
  • Kyle C. Anderson is a student at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Indianapolis, IN, where he is enrolled in an Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer (AMTE) program.

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. This year, the following students received this award:

  • Sarah Arnac is a senior at Purdue University majoring in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. A private pilot, she has worked at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center as a cooperative education student, and has served as president of the Purdue American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She also has volunteered with the Purdue’s Habitat for Humanity and American Legion Auxiliary.
  • Bryce Bailey is a senior at the University of Oklahoma. He is employed at Atlantic Aviation as a line technician and has worked as a part-time instructor with the University of Oklahoma Flight Academy. He also has served in the U.S. Air Force for three years and holds a commercial and instrument rating with over 230 hours.
  • Whitney Brouwer is a junior at LeTourneau University studying aircraft systems with an electrical technology concentration. She has served as a supplemental instructor for a DC Electricity class to help struggling students succeed, and she also volunteered to help rebuild homes with a community group after extensive flooding in the Cedar Rapids, IA area. Brouwer is a private pilot and competed in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON in 2012.
  • Megan Henderson is a senior at Kansas State University, studying professional pilot and technology management. She is a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot with over 590 hours, and she also teaches as a certified flight instructor at her university. Earlier this year, she volunteered to help organize the National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON.
  • Alexander Mulac is a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in aviation engineering. He has worked as an intern at Limited Brands flight department and as a tour guide at the university airport. An instrument-rated commercial pilot with more than 270 hours, he has competed with The Ohio State University Flight Team and mentors new team members.

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

For complete Convention coverage, visit the NBAA2012 Online News Bureau.

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