Four Students Selected to Receive IBAA/PDP Scholarships

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, September 10, 2002 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is proud to announce that four students in aviation-related collegiate programs have been selected to receive Indiana Business Aviation Association (IBAA)/Professional Development Program (PDP) Scholarships. Tina M. Conover, Justin S. Fryklund and Jered C. Lease of the University of North Dakota and Chad G. Nixon of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from IBAA.

NBAA, in cooperation with the University Aviation Association (UAA), has developed the Professional Development Program to train future flight department leaders. PDP classes currently are available to students and flight department personnel through a variety of convenient and flexible delivery methods. Established training organizations and educational institutions provide management training courses in several different media, including Internet courses, video courses and seminars.

Tina Conover of Grand Forks, ND is pursuing a double major in commercial aviation and air traffic control at the University of North Dakota. She plans to graduate in December 2003. Conover holds her commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings and has employment experience as a dispatcher with UND Aerospace Flight Operations.

Justin Fryklund of Eden Prairie, MN is an honors student at the University of North Dakota. He plans to graduate in May 2005 with a B.S. in commercial aviation. He is an Air Force ROTC appointee.

Jered Lease of White Salmon, WA is pursuing a B.S. in commercial aviation with a minor in history at the University of North Dakota. The dean’s list student expects to graduate in June 2004. He has more than 250 hours flight experience as a private pilot.

Chad Nixon of Endicott, NY is a distance-learning student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He plans to graduate with a Master’s degree in business administration in aviation in November 2003. He also holds a B.S. in aeronautics & business from Embry-Riddle and an A.S. in leadership studies from Vincennes University. With more than eight years of professional experience, Nixon currently is a senior aviation planner for McFarland-Johnson, Inc.

Scholarship applicants must be undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in an aviation-related two-year, four-year, or postgraduate degree program that incorporates the NBAA PDP. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Other requirements include the submission of a completed and signed application form accompanied by an official transcript, essay, resume and at least one letter of recommendation.

In all, NBAA offers nine scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. For more information, visit

The Indiana Business Aviation Association is made up of corporate members and honorary members with a common goal: to further safety, convenience, advancement and economy of business aviation in Indiana.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,200 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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