UND Aerospace students receive prestigious NBAA scholarships

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John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


Three University of North Dakota students have received prestigious scholarships from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) at the NBAA National Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The UND aviation students received the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship and are listed as follows:

  • Dana Atkins- is a junior at UND, majoring in aviation management. Atkins's career goal is to work abroad for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a liaison between local governments and ICAO. She is part of the Student Aviation Management Association, in which she will be the conference co-director for the 2014-2015 academic year. Atkins has also been on the UND Flying Team – National Intercollegiate Flying Association since spring 2014, and is a private pilot with 120 total hours.
  • William Dirks- is a junior at UND, majoring in aviation management. He is a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at UND, and was awarded Outstanding Cadet MSI/MSII for 2013-2014. Dirks has served as the ROTC Raider's Club president since 2013, and he has been an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1342 member since 2013. He holds a private pilot license.
  • Nicholas Meyer- is a junior at the UND, majoring in aviation management and air traffic control. He holds his private pilot license, and as a member of the EAA. As a member, he assisted with the annual B-17 Flying Fortress Tour in Van Nuys, Calif. Meyer was awarded a Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is presented by the United States Congress to young adults who have achieved goals in public service, personal development, fitness and exploration. Meyer also volunteered for two terms as president of Aviation Explorer Post 747, where he raised more than $2,000.

The awards were accepted on behalf of the three students by Kenneth Polovitz, assistant dean of the UND Aviation Department.

About NBAA:

NBAA was founded in 1947, based in Washington, D.C., and is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

UND is a member of the NBAA.