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NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through Member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians.

Individuals who have received NBAA scholarships have gone on to even more successful careers in business aviation. “It’s very rewarding to see where these professionals have started and where they are today,” says NBAA Director, Operations Jay Evans, who coordinates NBAA scholarships. “Helping one another in this industry is what a career in business aviation is all about.”

Take advantage of these offerings to ascend in your aviation career; apply for an NBAA scholarship today.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

The following scholarship programs have upcoming application deadlines. This page is updated regularly as new applications become available.

NBAA Scholarship Overview

NBAA offers a wide range of scholarship options for current and aspiring business aviation professionals. For details about monetary and training awards, click on the following links or scroll down.

 

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Current NBAA-Sponsored Scholarships for Students

The Association currently offers the following scholarships to highly qualified students studying aviation-related curricula at institutions of higher learning.

Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Undergrad
Target Area within
Business Aviation:
Students pursuing a career in business aviation management at NBAA and UAA institutions.
Total Scholarship Award:
$5,000: Educational Costs
Current Application Deadline:
July 31,2013 – available Spring 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Next scholarship awarded for 2013-2014 academic year
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment or acceptance into an aviation management program at a NBAA and UAA member school; Rising sophomore or higher standing; Minimum GPA – 3.0

* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Undergrad
Target Area within
Business Aviation:
Aviation students who demonstrate honesty, integrity, and selflessness.
Total Scholarship Award:
Five awards of $4,500: Educational Costs
Current Application Deadline:
July 31,2013 – available Spring 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Awarded each Fall
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment in an aviation-related program at a NBAA and UAA member institution; Rising sophomore or higher standing; Minimum GPA – 3.0

* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Undergrad
Target Area within
Business Aviation:
Studies in aviation-related curricula at NBAA and UAA institutions.
Total Scholarship Award:
Five awards of $1,000: Educational Costs
Current Application Deadline:
November 1, 2013, available Spring 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Next scholarship awarded Spring, 2014
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Full-time undergraduate enrollment in an aviation-related program at a NBAA and UAA member institution; Sophomore or higher standing; Minimum GPA – 3.0

* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
1: Student enrolled in A&P Part 147 program;
1: Accepted but not enrolled in A&P program
Target Area within
Business Aviation:
Business Aviation Maintenance Technician
Total Scholarship Award:
Two awards of $2,500: Educational Costs
Current Application Deadline:
Awarded each Fall
Notification/ Award Period:
July 31, 2013, available Spring 2013
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Candidate Requirements:
Officially enrolled in an accredited A&P program or accepted for enrollment by an approved FAR Part-147 school.

* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

NBAA and Conklin & de Decker established the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship to benefit undergraduates pursuing careers in business aviation management at NBAA- and University Aviation Association (UAA)-affiliated institutions. The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Al Conklin, U.S. Air Force veteran, co-founder of Conklin & de Decker and business aviation leader for more than 60 years.

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 the business aviation community. The scholarship benefits undergraduate students officially enrolled at NBAA/ UAA-member institutions.

Named for Janice Barden, an active participant in the business aviation community for decades, the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship benefits undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA/UAA-member institutions.

NBAA named the William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship for a retired NBAA staff member who was active in maintenance issues during his nearly 20-year tenure at the Association. This scholarship annually benefits two recipients: a student who currently is enrolled in an accredited airframe and powerplant (A&P) program at an approved FAR Part 147 school, and a second individual who is currently not enrolled but has been accepted for enrollment in an A&P program.

Current NBAA-Sponsored Scholarships for Working Professionals

In addition to offering scholarships for students, NBAA also offers several monetary and training scholarships to promote professionalism and career advancement for aviation professionals such as flight department managers, pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. These scholarships are administered by NBAA standing committees and would not be possible without the generous financial support of NBAA Member donors.

Leadership Conference Scholarship
(Corporate Aviation Management Committee Scholarship):

Target Candidate:
Professionals or students interested in flight department management.
Scholarship Award
Designation:
Awarded to aviation professionals or students interested in attending the annual NBAA Leadership Conference in February.
Award Amount:
Complimentary registration to the Leadership Conference, plus $850 to cover expenses.
Application Deadline:
November 15, 2013, available Fall 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Awarded in February each year
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Other Requirements:
Qualified CAM exam candidates (must be eligible to take the CAM exam within 2 years of the scholarship award date); Review CAM requirements.

* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Aviation Managers in pursuit of CAM certification
Scholarship Award
Designation:
Awarded to qualified CAM exam candidates.
Award Amount:
$1,225: To cover CAM application fee, Study Guide, exam registration fee, & Leadership Conference registration.
Application Deadline:
November 15, 2013, available Fall 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Awarded in February each year
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Other Requirements:
Qualified CAM exam candidates (must be eligible to take the CAM exam within 2 years of the scholarship award date); Review CAM requirements.
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Flight Attendants/ Flight Technicians Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Current or aspiring business aviation Flight Attendants & Flight Technicians
Scholarship Award
Designation:
Numerous industry donors offer training-specific awards in a variety of areas. Applicants will identify those of interest. See application for a list of awards and amounts.
Award Amount:
Various – see application (PDF).
Application Deadline:
March 29, 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Flight Attendants/ Technicians Conference in June
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
No
Other Requirements:
Aspiring or current flight attendant or flight technician; Complete full application package.
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

International Operators Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Aviation professionals engaged in international operations
Scholarship Award
Designation:
dividuals entering the business aviation industry or seeking opportunities to expand their career in international ops.
Award Amount:
Educational or training costs up to $9,000
Application Deadline:
November 29, 2013, available Fall 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA International Operators Conference in March
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
No
Other Requirements:
Application, essay, and one professional letter of recommendation
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (M-TRACS):

Target Candidate:
Current or aspiring business aviation maintenance technicians.
Scholarship Award
Designation:
A variety of training courses chosen by the applicant.
Award Amount:
See application (PDF).
Application Deadline:
March 1, 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
Yes
Other Requirements:
Current holder of an A&P, employed in GA, student currently enrolled in accredited A&P program/Part 147 school, or aviation military personnel.
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Current & aspiring Schedulers & Dispatchers
Scholarship Award
Designation:
Awarded for continuing S&D education or training.
Award Amount:
Educational costs up to $10,000
Application Deadline:
September 27, 2013, available Summer 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in January
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
No
Other Requirements:
18 years old, application, essay, resume, and 2 signed letters of recommendation
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship:

Target Candidate:
Current & aspiring Schedulers & Dispatchers
Scholarship Award
Designation:
Various training awards donated by company providers.
Award Amount:
Various – see application itself (PDF)
Application Deadline:
September 27, 2013, available Summer 2013
Notification/ Award Period:
Announced at annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in January
U.S. Citizenship Required?*:
No
Other Requirements:
18 years old, application, essay, resume, and 2 signed letters of recommendation
* US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee and the family of the late Donald A. Baldwin Sr. established the Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship to benefit individuals seeking to become NBAA Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs). Funds for this scholarship cover the cost of several CAM Program fees and enable recipients to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference.

NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee also administers the Leadership Conference Scholarship to provide qualified candidates with funds to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference.

The NBAA International Operators Committee offers the International Operators Scholarship to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations. This scholarship provides funds to be applied toward a professional or educational training program of the recipient’s choice.

The Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship provides monetary and training awards for aspiring and current flight attendants and flight technicians. This scholarship is administered by the Flight Attendants Committee, which promotes education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers.

Current and aspiring maintenance technicians are eligible for Maintenance TRACS (the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship), enabling candidates the opportunity to receive initial technician training courses for several aircraft models. The scholarship, offered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee, also covers courses for aircraft, engines, avionics and professional development.

NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers to increase their professionalism. The committee administers the Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship to provide monetary awards of up to $10,000 for qualified applicants responsible for scheduling and dispatching business aircraft, and the Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship to provide professional training awards for such individuals.

For More Information

Click on the links above to individual scholarship pages. For companies wishing to donate funds or training awards in support of NBAA scholarships, and for all other questions, contact NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].