- The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society promotes and provides financial support to students enrolled in college level courses leading to a degree in fields related to potential careers in scheduled commercial aviation at colleges and universities.
- In January of 1914, Tony Jannus flew a Benoist airboat from St. Petersburg to Tampa and established the Bay Area as the home of the first scheduled airline. Each year, the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society honors a historic aviation achievement by recognizing a distinguished individual for outstanding contributions to scheduled air transportation. The society also looks to the future by awarding six scholars awards totaling $15,000 to aspiring aviation leaders enrolled at institutions of higher learning.
How to Apply
- The awards applicants must meet the following criteria and conditions:
- Part 1 - A one (1) page cover letter providing the Applicant's personal contact information along with a personal statement requesting consideration to become a "Tony Jannus Scholar."
- Part 2 - A one (1) page letter from a University/College official in support of the Applicant's request and statement attesting to the Applicant's good academic standing as supported by a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher.
- Part 3 - A supporting essay of 300 to 500 words clearly outlining:
- a. How and when the Applicant first became interested in aviation.
- b. How aviation has already impacted life choices related to academic, service, and/or occupation decisions.
- c. How Tony Jannus has affected the Applicant's existing thinking with respect to aviation as a potential career.
- d. Any additional personal observations the Applicant considers relevant to the Committee's evaluation process.
- Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: academic achievement; quality of essay; general accomplishments; demonstrated commitment to aviation and subjective factors as deemed appropriate by the Committee.
- Applications need to be hand delivered to: 2202 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite 455 Tampa, FL 33607 or emailed to Karin.Toon@aecom.com no later than Friday, October 17, 2014.
Past Scholars Awards Winners
- Kelsey Abert - University of Tampa
- Jeremiah LaPointe - St. Leo Univeristy
- Matthew Ryan LaRue - University of Tampa
- Kyle Rademaker - University of South Florida
- Taylor Richards - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Michael Whitlock - University of South Florida
- Jennifer Wilson - University of South Florida
- Brooke Begemann - Clearwater Christian College, U.S. Airforce ROTC at University of South Florida
- Steven Davis - University of South Florida Army ROTC
- J.P. Bruno - University of South Florida Naval ROTC
- John Martin - Embry-Riddle
- Bruce Patton - Embry-Riddle
- Patrick Hensel - University of Tampa Army ROTC