The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected Cassandra Bosco as the recipient of the 2023 Frank G. Brewer Trophy. Bosco is honored for a lifetime of leadership and service as an effective advocate for shaping and cultivating the next generation through aviation education.
“I am thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the Brewer Trophy. Throughout my career, I have loved sharing the excitement of opportunities afforded by aviation and aerospace with both career seekers and enhancers – in the hope that they will power our industry forward to even greater heights,” said Cassandra Bosco. “So many past Brewer Recipients have been lifelong friends and mentors and an inspiration for my own passion for aviation education. I am humbled to be included among this esteemed group of professionals.”
Established in 1943, the Frank G. Brewer Trophy is awarded annually to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States. Past recipients include AOPA’s You Can Fly Program, John and Martha King, Founders of the King’s Schools, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and Women in Aviation International Founder Peggy Chabrian.
As a Founding Board member of Women in Aviation, International (WAI), Bosco leveraged her talent and commitment to aviation education by playing a leading role in establishing WAI’s Young Professional Advisory Group. She was also pivotal in the creation of the Super Mentor Program and Jobs Connect platform within WAI. One of Bosco's largest and most impactful collaborations, to date, is with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she launched the successful MOOC ‘Leadership for Women in Aerospace and Aviation’, which has drawn over 2,200 attendees. Currently, Bosco serves as co-chair of the Aviation Accreditation Board International Industry/Educator forum whose goal is a collaboration of industry and educators to prepare top-notch future talent for the aviation industry.
"Few people in our industry have the drive and passion that Cassandra has," said Amy Spowart, NAA President and CEO. "Her impact has created meaningful exposure and lifelong opportunities for all who desire a place in our industry, especially women and minorities. She is a staunch ally and friend of aviation around the world."
The Brewer Trophy will be presented on a future date and location to be determined.