NBAA Selects Three Students to Receive USAIG/PDP Scholarships

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Orlando, FL, October 7, 2003 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has selected three students in aviation-related collegiate programs to receive Professional Development Program (PDP) scholarships from the United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG). Darren R. Schultz of University of North Dakota, Wendi M. Sellers of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Andrew M. Wittstrom of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University each will receive $1,000.

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.

Darren Robert Schultz of Grand Forks, ND is a junior pursuing his B.S. in commercial aviation and air traffic control at the University of North Dakota. During the past two summers, he has been a camp counselor working for the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Academy Program. He also has been involved in community work as a social worker and camp counselor. Schultz would like to become a corporate pilot in the business aviation industry.

Wendi M. Sellers of Troy, IL is pursuing her Master’s degree in aeronautical science with a business/airport management specialization at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has worked as an air traffic control specialist with the Department of Transportation and FAA and has more than 10 years of experience with tower, radar, non-radar and other air traffic operations. Sellers recently graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle with a B.S. in professional aeronautics. She would like to develop a career in the field of airport management.

Andrew M. Wittstrom of Port Orange, FL is studying aeronautical systems maintenance and flight at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His first involvement with jet aircraft was loading bags and working with the Aviall Corporation. He would like to use his analytical skills to optimize maintenance operations and start a fixed base maintenance operation.

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

The United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) provides a complete spectrum of coverages for owners, operators, manufacturers and maintainers of corporate, private and commercial aircraft. USAIG has been a Member of NBAA since 1953.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,300 companies that 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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