NBAA Awards Numerous Scholarships at NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,
Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9263,

Orlando, FL, October 21, 2009 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) offers a range of scholarships in an effort to provide opportunities for Member employees to further their careers and to encourage young people to seek jobs in business aviation. At the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) taking place from October 20 to 22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, several people received awards from the following NBAA scholarship programs: USAIG/PDP Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship.

USAIG PDP Scholarship

The U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) PDP Scholarship provides funds for students to take NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) courses.

Robert Webb, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is the recipient of the 2009 USAIG PDP Scholarship. Webb has a 3.76 grade point average, earlier won the Presidential Scholarship and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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. Several people have received Ginocchio Scholarships this year:

Juliana Lindner, a sophomore at Purdue University with a 3.99 grade point average, is seeking a B.S. in professional flight technology and management. She has more than 400 total flight hours and has obtained commercial and instrument pilot licenses, with single- and multi-engine rating ratings. She is a flight instructor at Purdue and is a member of the university’s Women’s Air Race Team.

Kevin Rankin is a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who soloed at 16 years of age. He is an instrument pilot with and single- and multi-engine ratings and more than 270 hours of flight time. He has volunteered at various aviation museums and was listed in Who’s Who of American High School Students.

Shannon Roth is a senior at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale majoring in aviation management and flight. She has a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating and more than 200 hours total flight time. Roth is a member of the SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team and is president of the SIU Women in Aviation.

Ryan Sanders, a senior at University of Central Missouri with at 3.61 grade point average, is majoring in flight operations management with a minor in business administration. He has served as an intern in a flight department, has taken an NBAA Professional Development Program course and was a student governor on the university’s board of governors.

Gary Toth, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, is majoring in aerospace engineering. Toth has attained a 3.94 grade point average while working on projects related to thrust reversers, materials analysis and fluid mechanics.

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.

Tonya Perinchief of Orlando, FL, has won the $2,500 entry-level Fanning Scholarship. This fall she entered the aviation maintenance science program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University after having worked for several companies in the industry.

Georgette Snell has won the $2,500 experienced-level Fanning Scholarship. A student at Sacramento City College, she plans to transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is preparing to take the airframe and powerplant (A&P) test in the near future. She has been an aviation software consultant and worked as a Bell 47 helicopter mechanic’s helper.

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.

Matthew D. Gonitzke from Rockford, IL has received the 2009 NORDAM Scholarship. Gonitzke is majoring in aerospace engineering and hopes to earn an A&P certificate. A sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he has had a private pilot’s license since 2005 and was active in the FIRST Robotics Team competition in 2007.

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.

Charles Barrett Roy, a senior at Louisiana Tech University, is pursing a double major in aviation management and professional aviation, with a minor in business. As a student with a 3.89 grade point average, he is the top overall student in his school’s Professional Aviation Department. A commercial pilot with an instrument rating and more than 275 hours total flight time, Roy’s career goal is to run a FAR Part 135 flight operation.

To learn more about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by the Association, contact NBAA’s Jay Evans, director, operations, at (202) 783-9353 or, or visit

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