ORBAA Scholarship Recipient History

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2013: Brian Finley, Bowling Green State University

How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?

The ORBAA scholarship not only provided financial assistance, but it also gave me a profound depth of insight into the business aviation community. I developed many connections through the process that I am still in touch with today. This vast network of connections continues to provide guidance and offers support as I navigate my next career steps.

Where are you now?

After graduating from Bowling Green State University, I have held various positions at Textron Aviation in the contracts and sales departments. I’ve since taken a new position with Textron Financial Corporation, which is the captive lender for Textron, Inc. I am now responsible for preparing and managing worldwide financial packages as our customers prepare to take delivery of their new Bell, Cessna or Beechcraft product.

What are your career aspirations?

I have been fortunate in my career to have already held several different positions. In the various roles, I have been able to develop a deep understanding of contracts while actively interacting with Textron Aviation customers. My next career goal is to move into a sales position within the business aviation industry. I will further my education by continuing my flight training and pursuing a master’s degree.

2014: Carissa Marion, Kent State University

How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?

After receiving the ORBAA scholarship just two years ago, it has helped open doors to two job opportunities. The year after being selected for the scholarship, I interned with the Nationwide Insurance Aviation Business Center which has several members involved with ORBAA. The following year, I used the connections I made at Nationwide to send my resume to another ORBAA member and was hired as a copilot for their company. In addition to the networking benefits, the scholarship was used to help fund my commercial pilot certificate.

Where are you now?

I am currently working as a flight instructor for Kent State University and flying a King Air for Winner Aviation. This past June, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Air Race Classic in which I flew a Cessna 172 across the country. 

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspiration is to work as a corporate pilot for a large company. 


2015: Alexander Wukovits, Kent State University

How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?

The ORBAA scholarship provided a great networking opportunity to meet individuals in the field of business aviation.  This helped me build relationships with individuals I am still in contact with today.  ORBAA members have provided me with guidance along my path through school and professional growth.  The ORBAA scholarship also directly helped to fund my Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) training. 

Where are you now?

I have just completed an incredible summer internship gaining exposure to business aviation with the Lbrands Flight Department, which is heavily involved with ORBAA.  This opportunity provided valuable insight to the organization and operation of a corporate flight department.  I recently graduated in Spring of 2016 with my CFI/CFII/MEI.  I will return this fall to continue flight instructing for Kent State University.  I enjoy seeing the direct impact one can have on the growth of a student through instruction.

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspirations are to fly for a business which values culture, innovation, and giving back.  I have found that who you fly for can make a big difference in your outlook on aviation and life.


2016: Harley Bloecher, The Ohio State University

How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?

The application for the ORBAA Scholarship provided me a great chance to meet members of the local

 business aviation community, and to meet industry contacts whom I can look towards for guidance as I begin a career in aviation. The scholarship award itself helps tremendously with paying for school. After all, school (and aviation education no less) isn't cheap. This scholarship will allow me to take flight lessons at Ohio State and to complete my goal of being a dual-rated pilot in rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.

Where are you now?

I am currently working an internship at NetJets Inc, where I work with the Dispatch and Meteorology departments within Flight Support. I am about to start my senior year at The Ohio State University, where I am majoring in Operations Management at the Fisher College of Business, and minoring in Aviation through the Center for Aviation Studies. I'm excited to start taking flight lessons through Ohio State, and will add a private pilot - Airplane, Single Engine Land rating to my Rotorcraft, Helicopter rating. Outside of aviation, I worked as a Resident Advisor at Ohio State and am a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

What are your career aspirations?

For years I have dreamed of flying helicopters for a career. While I still have a long way to go, I have my eyes set on eventually becoming an EMS helicopter pilot. Through interaction with ORBAA and other business aviation professionals, I've come to learn more about business aviation, namely that many flight departments use helicopters in addition to their fixed-wing assets. There are so many different opportunities to have a wonderful career within aviation, and while I have the goal of flying EMS, and am excited to see what doors open along the journey. Regardless of where I find myself, I'm positive it will involve putting aircraft in the air!


Maintenance Scholarship Recipients

2015: Yusuf Haji, Columbus State University

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2016: Nathan Fallrath, Columbus State University

How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?

The ORBAA scholarship has been a huge blessing both financially and with making the acquaintance of individuals and businesses within the business aviation community. The extra level of submersion into the environment associated specifically with business aviation has strengthened my desire to pursue lofty goals within this field.

Where are you now?

Currently, I am continuing to take aviation classes at Columbus State Community College, and working as the maintenance intern at Nationwide Insurance’s aviation facility.

What are your career aspirations?

I plan to continue my education and pursue at least a bachelor’s degree, and to attain a position as the chief of maintenance at a corporate aviation center.



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