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News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

National recognition: Aviation students awarded scholarships from National Business Aviation Association

SALINA -- Two Kansas State University Salina students received scholarships from the National Business Aviation Association, or NBAA, at the association's annual meeting and convention, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, in Orlando, Fla.

Nicole Lordemann, senior in airport management, Baldwin City, received the $5,000 Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship. One student is selected each year for the Conklin Scholarship, created to honor the U.S. Air Force veteran, business aviation leader and member of National Business Aviation Association's Operations Committee. Lordemann spent the summer in Thermal, Calif., as an intern at Desert Jet Aviation, where she assisted with marketing, charter operations, safety audits, accounting support and aircraft detailing.

Megan Henderson, senior in professional pilot and technology management, Topeka, received the $4,500 Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship. The five recipients of this scholarship selected each year must possess a passion for aviation and use their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others. Henderson, a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot with nearly 600 hours, is a certified flight instructor at K-State Salina and was the president of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's national 2012 SAFECON.

"Of all the aviation students in the country, only 13 were selected as NBAA scholarship recipients and two of them are K-State aviation students," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head. "This is another demonstration of the caliber of our students and our program."

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, D.C., the National Business Aviation Association is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community. Learn more at http://www.nbaa.org.