Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) is helping to promote aviation careers and encourage the next generation of industry professionals by supporting a variety of scholarships available to high school and college students at the local, national and international levels.
"This amazing and wonderful industry offers many paths for students to not only discover their ideal career, but also a lifelong passion for aviation," said Paramount Business Jets Founder and CEO Richard Zaher. "I absolutely believe those of us who've found our own callings within the aviation community have a responsibility to help these students reach their full potential and to develop our industry's future."
Leading these opportunities is the Paramount Business Jets Aviation Scholarship, available to current aviation students at universities, colleges or flight training programs around the world. The company offers a total of $2,500 USD annually to three recipients, with applicants asked to submit a 500-word essay on how the aviation industry may become more sustainable and efficient over the next 20 years.
PBJ also encourages the development of talented and career-oriented young individuals through the Paramount Business Jets Scholarship Fund, launched in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to alleviate some of the financial burdens faced by aviation students at ERAU's campus in Daytona Beach, Florida.
"The unfortunate reality is, with the costs of higher education skyrocketing, many students must work multiple jobs and rely on high interest loans to fund their collegiate education," continued Zaher. "Through this fund, we seek to remove some of these financial obstacles and enable them to excel in their education and beyond."
Later this year, Paramount Business Jets will again support ProJet Aviation as that company hosts its 12th Annual Aviation Education and Career Expo. Taking place on Nov. 1, 2019 in Leesburg, Virginia, this free event aims to showcase the aviation industry and inspire young adults aged 16-22 to explore and pursue career options within aviation and aerospace.
The career expo is expected to host more than 600 students and will feature a wide variety of aviation and aerospace experts on hand to offer tips and advice to young professionals seeking their own places in aviation. The event will also offer numerous scholarship opportunities available to students, with more than $362,000 in aviation education and flight training benefits to be awarded.