This scholarship seeks to recognize students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in aviation management, planning, marketing and/or policy in recognition, appreciation and to celebrate the leadership and innovation of Gerry Bruno, the founding CEO of InterVISTAS and a respected leader in commercial airport management
In 2016, ACI-NA/CAC and InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. established the Gerry Bruno Scholarship in recognition, appreciation and to celebrate the leadership and innovation of Gerry Bruno, the founding CEO of InterVISTAS and a respected leader in commercial airport management.
The scholarship is intended to foster similar qualities in tomorrow’s leaders. Mr. Bruno’s career in aviation includes government service, airport marketing and strategic planning, aviation policy and aviation consulting. His approach to addressing problems and issues has always been based on solid analysis, understanding the law and policy context of aviation in society, innovative thinking and collaborative advocacy for aviation. Mr. Bruno has had a lifelong appreciation of the role of education throughout his career, starting with a bachelor’s degree, earning a master’s later in his career and supplementing these with airport specific studies and accreditation. This scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of InterVISTAS former CEO.
Working in partnership with Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) and the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), this scholarship seeks to recognize students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in aviation management, planning, marketing and/or policy. Eligibility is to students registered in any accredited Canadian university or college program. The scholarship program recognizes the importance of the highly specialized education necessary for an individual to receive to fill the extremely complex and multi-disciplined role of being an aviation professional.
Student applicants can be enrolled in programs in Economics, Business, Statistics, Planning, Geography or other disciplines applicable to aviation planning, management, policy, and/or marketing.
Applicants must demonstrate a career goal in aviation, with evidence in the form of the following:
- A required student statement of career interest and goals.
- Some academic achievement in aviation (e.g. a term paper on an aviation theme), or a list of courses with aviation themes (e.g. transportation economics or geography, urban/regional planning, aeronautical engineering, etc.). However, not having taken an aviation specialty course does not necessarily make a student ineligible for consideration, but the applicant must indicate a choice of courses that are consistent with building core skills for a career in aviation.
- Internship or employment in an aviation or tourism related job can be submitted to enhance the applicant’s submission, but is not required for eligibility.
- Demonstration of academic excellence with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale, or equivalent if the applicant’s university uses the British 5 point scale.
The Gerry Bruno Scholarship is also intended to encourage the core skills of leadership, innovation, solid analysis and policy awareness and promote excellence in the educational areas necessary for success. The winners of the Scholarship will be announced at the Airports Canada Conference & Exposition every two years (next Scholarship will be awarded in 2023).
Previous Gerry Bruno Scholarship Recipients
David Cojocar – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2017)
Shikaeb Rahi Soratgar – Seneca College, Toronto, ON (2019)