IADA Foundation Awards 2023 Business Aviation Scholarships, Grants

Intended for students and young professionals, the funding aims to support future leaders in the business aviation industry.


The IADA Foundation has awarded several scholarships and grants designed to support future leaders in the business aviation industry. The foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group affiliated with the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), offers the funding on an annual basis.

This year’s awards, valued at $5,000 each, included scholarships for six university students and grants for eight young professionals. Scholarship money goes to support the students’ college studies while grant funding goes toward education, learning, and leadership opportunities.

“These supersmart young business aviation pros and students who are building their business aviation resumes are the future of the resale industry, and the IADA team wishes them very rewarding careers,” said IADA executive director Wayne Starling. “We welcome their progress as they develop and hone their professional skills.”

IADA business aviation scholarships, which take the form of monetary awards from $1,000 to $5,000, are designed specifically for students planning careers in corporate aircraft-related sales, marketing, finance, legal, and insurance fields. The foundation noted that applications are open to those attending colleges and universities that offer coursework in corporate aviation management, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aviation safety, finance, business marketing, economics, and aviation business or management.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications open annually in June and close September 1.

Grants are awarded to young professionals employed by IADA members in the business aviation resale industry.

Further information is available at https://iada.aero/scholar.

Kate O’Connor is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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