Application Deadline
Aug. 12, 2024
Target Candidate
Aviation professionals who are also qualified CAM exam candidates in pursuit of their CAM certification
Award Amount
$1,799 to cover CAM application fee, CAM Study Guide, exam registration fee and registration for the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)
Notification/Award Period
Announced at NBAA-BACE
U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status Required?
Other Requirements
A completed scholarship application consists of an application, current resume, essay and two signed letters of recommendation. NBAA requires that applicants of this scholarship have successfully submitted their completed CAM application to NBAA, or applicants can submit their completed CAM application along with their scholarship application.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) established the Jake Cartwright Leadership Scholarship in 2015 to support candidates in the association’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program. The scholarship, which is underwritten by Solairus Aviation, will fund up to four CAM candidates, paying for all certification costs. NBAA Charities will administer the scholarship.

The scholarship is named in honor of Solairus Vice Chairman Jake Cartwright. The highly respected industry veteran has played a pivotal role in growing the company’s domestic and international business. A former commercial pilot and Marine Corps aviator who served in Vietnam, Cartwright previously was president and CEO of TAG Aviation USA.

“Supporting the creation of future certified aviation managers is an ideal way to recognize one of private aviation’s true pioneers,” said Solairus CEO Dan Drohan. “Jake is an extraordinary leader with an amazing story and has contributed immeasurably to our industry over the last three decades. We are excited to honor his legacy by helping aspiring CAMs who demonstrate exceptional leadership within the business aviation community. Supporting the CAM model is something Jake has always championed, and we are proud to establish this scholarship in his name.”

This scholarship will be awarded by October 2024 and will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA and Solairus Aviation. Funds for this scholarship will total $1,799 for one person and will cover the cost of the CAM application, CAM Study Guide and CAM exam registration fee. Funds will also be provided for recipients to register for the 2024 NBAA Business Aviation Exhibition & Convention (NBAA-BACE). Recipients are responsible for other costs associated with the scholarship, such as travel and lodging expenses. NBAA scholarship applicants are limited to receiving one award per person, per year.

Applicants must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the date of the scholarship award. They must also meet the minimum qualifications to take the CAM exam by submitting a completed CAM application to NBAA. Learn more about CAM requirements.

You may also be interested in the following NBAA Charities scholarships:

Cheri Rudd Memorial Scholarship, available to business aviation professionals in search of advanced customer service training.

Leadership Conference Scholarship, available to aviation professionals and students interested in attending the annual NBAA Leadership Conference.

Please direct all questions about this application to NBAA’s Molly Hitch at 202-783-9353 or