The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) will award business aviation scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from its charitable IADA Foundation. Eligible Students from 21 public and private colleges and universities will have the opportunity to further their studies with the foundation doling out awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
The rebound in commercial airline travel, combined with the boost that business aviation has benefited from due to customers switching to private jet travel, has revealed a widespread workforce shortage and a need for skilled talent. IADA has designed its scholarship to help students with interests in business aviation further their education to find meaningful jobs in this industry. IADA’s executive director Wayne Starling welcomed students to apply online before the September 1 deadline.
“The IADA business aviation scholarship program benefits university students seeking a career in business aviation, specifically within corporate aircraft sales, marketing, finance, legal, and insurance disciplines,” Starling said in a statement.
The list of participating schools includes:
- Auburn University
- Broward College
- Charleston Southern University
- Colorado Northwestern Community College
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
- Indiana State University
- Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology
- Louisiana Tech University
- Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Middle Georgia State University
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Purdue University
- Saint Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
- University of Nebraska, Omaha
- The University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
- University of Oklahoma
- University of North Texas – Denton
- Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
To be eligible, students at the participating schools must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate course and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0-grade scale. The scholarship application will require students to submit an essay about their passion, interests, or inspiration for aviation. The IADA board will review all applications and select awardees based on a points system designed to reward the highest-ranking students across the selected schools. Selected applicants will be advised of their awards through their university’s financial aid office no later than November 30.
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