-Tony Jannus Scholars Awards program continues to support future aviators-
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 29, 2012) – The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society is fostering the world’s future aviators through its Scholars Awards program, awarded annually to the best and brightest college-aged students interested in pursuing military and civilian aviationcareers. This year, the Society will reward six recipients totaling $15,000.
Selecting from a number of worthy candidates, the Society is proud to announce the six deserving recipients of this year’s Scholars Awards:
- Galen Abrams, University of South Florida
- Reicel Bacallao, University of Tampa
- Julie Bright, University of South Florida
- Nestor Lugoviera, St. Leo University
- Troy Mobley, University of South Florida
- Nathan Sanders, University of Tampa
The six scholars awards recipients will be recognized during the 49th Annual Tony Jannus Award Dinner Banquet at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club on November 29, 2012. Additionally, the top Scholar will receive a one-week internship opportunity with Embraer S.A. in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Requiring a strong interest in pursuing a civilian or military career in Aviation Management, Operations or Research and Development, a Scholars Awards applicant must be a current higher education student with a junior or senior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also submit a 300-word essay explaining their personal investment in pursuing a career in aviation and present their interests in an interview conducted by Society members.
About the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society:
The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society was established in 1964, by the Tampa and St. Petersburg Chambers of Commerce in honor of Tony Jannus, the pilot recognized by the Smithsonian as the founder of the world’s first scheduled airline. The airline – which began flights on New Year’s Day, 1914 – had only one plane, a single-engine Benoist flying boat that flew round trips daily between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Society recognizes “outstanding contributors to the growth and improvement of the scheduled airline industry” and supports outstanding students and educators through the annual Tony Jannus Award and banquet.