At NBAA-BACE, 14 Scholarships Awarded to Future Business Aviation Leaders

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202)

Orlando, FL, Oct. 30, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), through NBAA Charities, offers a wide range of scholarships that support young people seeking careers in business aviation. This week at the 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), students will receive the following awards:

UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

The UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship is named for the late founder of Aviation Personnel International, who was active in the aviation community for decades and served as the local committee chair of NBAA’s convention eight times, more than any other individual in the association’s history. This year’s recipients are:

Alan H. Conklin and Bill de Decker 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. The scholarship is awarded to students at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions who are pursuing a career in business aviation management.

This year’s recipient is Leonia Hunt, a junior at the Florida Institute of Technology who is majoring in aviation management/flight technology.

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

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

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

The Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship was created in 2001 by NBAA Charities, along with the family and friends of the late Lawrence Ginocchio, to honor his outstanding personal contribution to business aviation. This year’s recipients, selected for demonstrating honesty, integrity and selflessness, are:

Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Along with Signature Flight Support, NBAA Charities created the Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management scholarship to honor the memory of Eddie Queen, a Signature Flight Support line service technician for 58 years. It is awarded to students pursuing a career in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions who show can exceptional commitment to customer service.

This year’s recipient is Destry Jacobs, a junior at Arizona State University who is majoring in aeronautical technologies management with a minor in organizational leadership.

To learn more about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by NBAA Charities, contact Tyler Austin, project manager of professional development, at (202) 783-9267 or, or visit

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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 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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