Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Georgia Business Aviation Association Scholarship Program. In 2016, we awarded 15 academic scholarships to Georgia high school graduates and GBAA members.
To date, the GBAA has awarded over $500,000 to 150 well deserving individuals.
2018 Scholarship Program
Investing in the future of Georgia’s Business Aviation Industry through Scholarships available to Georgia High School Seniors/Graduates Enrolled/Planning to enroll in accredited U.S. Colleges & Technical Schools in aviation fields of study and Continuing Education Scholarships available to GBAA Members
More than $40,000 in Scholarship Awards will be granted in May 2018
Please browse below for information about the 2018 scholarships. For any questions about the scholarships or application process, please contact the Scholarship Chair, Tom Carling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2018 Scholarship Offerings
Scholarship Awards Up To $2000 Each
To individuals pursuing an education in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Operations, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Engineering, and other Aviation-Related Disciplines
Scholarship Awards Up To $5000 Each
To individuals pursuing an education as a Professional Pilot
Satcom Direct AeroIT Scholarship
The Satcom Direct AeroIT certification is an information technology certification for the configuration and troubleshooting of networks and satcom systems onboard an aircraft. The AeroIT certification is focused on four areas: Satellite Networks, Network Theory, Troubleshooting Aircraft Networks and Network Management. This three day course is worth $6,995 and administered at the Satcom Direct facilities in Satellite Beach, Florida. Satcom Direct will cover the following costs associated with this scholarship, including: airfare up to $500, lodging and transportation while in Satellite Beach and lunches. For more information visit: https://www.satcomdirect.com/training/aeroit
All applicants must: (a) be a Georgia high school graduate, or have a GED equivalent from an accredited Georgia school. (b) be enrolled as a full-time student or be accepted as a full-time student into an accredited / FAA approved college program pursuing an aviation-related certificate or undergraduate or graduate degree in the fields of flight technology, aviation maintenance technology, aviation operations, aviation management, or aeronautical engineering (applicants in other aviation disciplines will be considered). (c) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (college/high school, as applicable) (d) submit (i) a completed GBAA 2018 Scholarship Application, (ii) their high school transcript (and college transcript if already enrolled, (iii) a 500-1000 word essay discussing how the GBAA Scholarship will impact the pursuit of their career goals (including the aviation discipline they are focusing on and whether or not they plan to return to Georgia to pursue those goals); and (iv) one (1) letter of recommendation from a school official or other advisor/mentor of the applicant. The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Scholarship recipients are notified by April 15, 2018 and are invited as guests of the GBAA to attend the scholarship awards banquet with their parents. Upon receiving a scholarship award, recipients must provide the GBAA with proof of Georgia high school graduation and proof of college / FAA accredited school enrollment. Scholarship checks are then made payable to the college, for the students’ educational use within the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients that transfer to another accredited school, staying in the same academic discipline, may apply to the GBAA to retain their scholarship award. Otherwise, unused funds must be returned to the GBAA. Former GBAA scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply.
2018 Scholarship Offerings
Scholarship Awards, Up To $2000 Each, To Individuals Pursuing Continuing Education Opportunities (e.g. Graduate School And Professional Training Courses)
Scholarship Awards, valued up to $4,050 each, to individuals interested in attending Executive Education Courses at Georgia State University (e.g. Business Aviation Leadership Certificate Program) This award includes full tuition, books and materials, Certificate in Business Aviation Leadership, computer simulation licensing fees, meals and parking (does NOT include any travel, room and board or mileage reimbursement). For more information, visit http://execed.robinson.gsu.edu/certificate-programs/leadership/business-aviation-leadership/
Scholarship Awards, valued up to $9,100 each, to individuals interested in attending any ONE of the three Executive Education Courses at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business (Managing the Corporate Aviation Function OR Developing Leadership Capability OR Leading Change in the Corporate Aviation Function) This award includes full tuition and room & board (recipients are responsible for all travel expenses). For more information, visit http://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-education/short-courses/corporate-aviation/
Satcom Direct Aero IT and AeroCNCT Scholarships:
The AeroIT certification is an information technology certification for the configuration and troubleshooting of networks and satcom systems onboard an aircraft. It is focused on four areas: Satellite Networks, Network Theory, Troubleshooting Aircraft Networks and Network Management. 4-day Course in Melbourne Florida.
The AeroCNCT certification is geared toward flight department crewmembers to gain device knowledge and troubleshoot basic in-flight connectivity issues. It’s a professional credential developed with CompTia in order to meet industry standards. 1.5 Day course in Melbourne Florida.
*Satcom Direct is offering one Aero IT and 2 AeroCNCT scholarships for 2018. For more information, visit https://www.satcomdirect.com/training/aeroit
Applicants must: (a) be employed full-time with a GBAA member company (i) in the department whose primary responsibility is flight operations support or (ii) whose primary business is supporting business aviation. (b) reside in the state of Georgia and maintain a primary work address in the state of Georgia. (c) Submit (i) a completed GBAA 2016 Scholarship Application and (ii) resume. (d) submit a 500-1000 word essay describing how the GBAA Scholarship will benefit them professionally and impact the pursuit of their career goals. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Scholarship recipients are notified by April 15, 2017 and are invited as guests of the GBAA to attend the scholarship awards banquet. Upon receiving a scholarship award, recipients must provide the GBAA with proof of employment eligibility requirements and college/FAA accredited school enrollment. Scholarship checks are then made payable to the college, for the students’ educational use within the 2017-2018 academic year. Continuing Education scholarship recipients that transfer to another accredited school, staying in the same academic discipline, may apply to the GBAA to retain their scholarship award. Otherwise, unused funds must be returned to the GBAA. Former GBAA scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply.
Jacqueline Sittler – Oklahoma State University
I am so very grateful for the opportunity provided to me as a winner of the 2014 GBAA Professional Pilot Scholarship. It is truly an honor to receive such an award and I am excited to put the scholarship money to good use this fall while flying at Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will help me greatly with the tremendous expense of pursuing a flight degree program in college. Thank you so very much to everyone at GBAA for making this possible! It was a distinct honor to attend the recent awards dinner and I was impressed by all the great people I met there. My family and I had a wonderful time. I especially enjoyed meeting and getting to network with so many top professionals in the corporate aviation industry. It was also a learning experience for me – before I was so focused on flying, but the dinner opened my eyes to the many other important jobs that exist in aviation. I saw how everything blends together in operations such as gasoline distribution, maintenance, insurance, plans and logistics, security, sales, etc., as well as actual flying. At dinner, I was privileged to sit by Chris Algee from Jet Aviation, Jim Kazin from Aflac and Vanessa and Jamai from World Fuel. Kris Parson, Chris Algee, Jim Kazin and all GBAA members were so nice to me and I learned so much that night. I hope to keep in touch with everyone. I would again like to thank the GBAA organization and the generosity of all of its members for providing scholarships like the one I received that help individuals reach their dreams of one day entering into the corporate aviation field. The GBAA flight scholarship will greatly assist me in working towards my dream of becoming a top-notch corporate pilot. I am so excited to enter into the field of aviation and cannot thank the GBAA board and its members enough for helping me to pursue my career dream! Sincerely, Jacqueline Sittler Oklahoma State University, Professional Pilot Degree Program Scholarship Recipient 2014
Austin Ramsey – Middle Georgia State College
I want to thank you for selecting me as a GBAA scholarship recipient for 2014. I am currently in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Middle Georgia State College in Eastman, GA. This scholarship will help me out tremendously with the rising expenses of college. I am currently finishing the Spring 2014 semester and have signed up for classes during the summer. I am working hard to get my A&P License sooner to decrease my educational cost and enter the aviation career field. The dinner and award ceremony was a very exciting experience. My parents and I were very impressed with the presentation and people associated with organization. I was fortunate to be introduced to Mr. Gerry Ferris from The Home Depot. My parents and I were seated at his table. Mr. Gerry Ferriss introduced me to other members of the organization which I highly appreciate. It was an honor and a privilege to be there and a great networking opportunity. Thank you for all the kindness and generosity from your organization and members. The GBAA Scholarship will provide me a great opportunity to continue working towards entering the awesome field of aviation. Sincerely, Austin Ramsey Middle Georgia State College, AMT Program Scholarship Recipient 2014
William Chapman – William Chapman
I recently returned from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where I attended the Executive Education program, Managing the Corporate Aviation Function, thanks to the scholarship your organization awarded me last Spring. I cannot tell you how grateful I am, as a GBAA member, for the opportunity to apply for and receive this wonderful award. I learned more about the business and personal aspects of managing a corporate flight department that I ever thought possible in that short period of time, and the opportunity to network with and get to know so many industry professionals was a huge, added bonus. I learned so many things about myself and this industry that will not only benefit me in the future development, but can be used immediately in my current position at this point in my career. You simply cannot put a value on what the experience meant to me and the potential it could create. Thanks again for the time and energy each of you puts into this organization, for the benefit of its members and this great industry. It is people like you, working tirelessly to provide development opportunities for those behind you, that help make this industry what it is today, and shape what it will be tomorrow. It also reinforces that I made the correct career decision when I entered the field of Business Aviation in the wonderful state of Georgia over 15 years ago. Sincerely, William Chapman Senior Aircraft Technician, Cox Enterprises, Inc March, 2014