Sometimes coming to the NBAA Convention really pays off. That was the feeling for 15 deserving Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) members who were awarded scholarships valued at $78,544 yesterday at NBAA 2016. WCA is a non-profit mentoring association for business aviation professionals.
WCA luncheon attendees were treated to a bit of excellent mentoring on the spot from awards luncheon keynote speaker Denise Wilson, president and CEO of Desert Jet, a nine-year-old FBO, business jet charter, maintenance and aircraft management company based in Palm Springs, Calif. Association president Isha Jordan said, “Denise is an amazing business aviation leader, who spoke about the benefits of creating one’s own path and how to keep ones’ ears open for creative opportunities.”
Scholarships winners this year included Karyn Wojcik, Diar “Didi” Aranki; Genevieve Zasada; Sarah Cooke; Tamara Collum; Wendylie Alix; Elizabeth Stenning; Antoinette Amaral; Holly Tagima; Linda McGurin; Mikael Enz; Anusha Gregory; Karla Todd; Michelle Powell; Lucy Evans; and Sarah Gursky.
The WCA scholarships came from donors that included Air Training International; AirFlite; CAE SimuFlite; Executive Jet Management; FlightSafety International; MedAire; Susan C. Freidenberg; Signature Flight Support; Universal Weather & Aviation; and Women in Corporate Aviation.
The association welcomes students, individuals and businesses that wish to join in its efforts to develop business aviation professionals and support one another, both in the present and future.