More than 100 aviation industry leaders, partners, and volunteers joined National Aviation Academy (NAA) and the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, FL, and raised over $100,000 for hard-working aviation maintenance students in need.

Pam Van Sant, President & Chief Operating Officer of NAA, says, “We are so proud to see our partners come together to make aviation maintenance training more accessible to deserving individuals. We believe that education opens the door to opportunity, growth, and creates long-lasting positive change in our communities.”

Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed a variety of events and activities, including a scramble-style golf tournament, a hole-in-one competition, various putting and driving games, and a silent auction! The day ended with an awards ceremony and dinner party recognizing sponsors, silent auction winners, and top players throughout the tournament! The final ceremony also featured a live auction with several memorabilia items donated by esteemed NFL coach Monte Kiffin, who was also in attendance.


The NAA Student Scholarship Golf Tournament featured many sponsors that include local businesses and global aviation industry leaders.

The tournament’s Premier Sponsor and the scholarship fund’s leading partner, Schmidt Investments, was founded in 1963 and is a national commercial real estate development management company with locations in Wisconsin and Colorado with headquarters in Orlando, FL. Schmidt Investments works with reputable retailers, vendors, and lenders to ensure all development and economic objectives meet their clients’ needs.

The Champion Sponsor, Embraer, is a Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer established in 1969. Embraer is one of the largest commercial aircraft manufacturing companies in the world and regularly contributes evolutionary achievements in executive aviation, defense, and security. Embraer is a frequent connection of National Aviation Academy, having brought countless life-changing career opportunities to NAA students.

The Awards Ceremony Sponsor Citizens National Bank (CNB) is one of the largest community banks in Mississippi, serving their local communities since 1888. CNB is known for its significant partnerships with well-known charitable organizations and their efforts to enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Innisbrook Golf Resort has hosted numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, NCAA Championships, and the LGPGA TOUR’s Legends Championship and has also been ranked among the country’s Top 50 Resort Courses by Golf Digest. Innisbrook courses have withstood the test of the world’s most skilled players and are one of the most photographed courses in Florida.

About Pinellas Community Foundation

The Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is a steady beacon of hope in the community, providing annual grants to nonprofit social services educational and cultural agencies. Since its founding in 1969, more than $60 million in grants have served deserving Pinellas-based charities. These grants help bridge the widening economic gap, ensuring nonprofit organizations can continue their work to build a brighter future for every Pinellas County resident.

Sponsor Slide