Scholarships to help women pursue a career in aviation

15 Dec 2014

Women who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation are invited to apply for the Airservices-sponsored Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) Flight Training Scholarships by the end of January 2015.

The Airservices and AWPA scholarships offer flight training opportunities to four women by assisting them with the costs of gaining proficiency at any level of flying, from the early stages of training through to the Commercial Pilots Licence.

Airservices Executive General Manager, Corporate and Industry Affairs, Mairi Barton said the scholarships are designed to support the sustainability of the general aviation community and encourage women with an interest in aviation to pursue their dreams of flying.

“We hope these scholarships will encourage women who are passionate about flying to become active, long-term members of the aviation community.

“We’re proud to support the work of the AWPA as they help young women learn to fly and consider a future career in the industry,” Ms Barton said.

Since receiving the Airservices Flight Training Scholarship earlier this year, scholarship recipient Amy Crevola said that she has thoroughly enjoyed adding more than 20 hours to her log book flying as pilot-in-command all over Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

“I’m looking forward to adding approximately 20 more command hours in preparation for the Commercial Pilots Licence test in the near future.

“I would like to thank Airservices for giving me this wonderful opportunity. Even more than financial support, it’s the recognition of passion and persistence that is so encouraging,” Ms Crevola said.

There are a total of four scholarships on offer. Two are awarded to women with a minimum of five hours flying time with a General Aviation flight instructor. A further two are awarded to women with a minimum of five hours cross country flight time as Pilot in Command. Applicants must be financial members of the association, demonstrate an aptitude for flying and commitment to aviation and be at least 15 years of age.

The winners of the scholarships will be announced at the AWPA National Conference Presentation Dinner to be held in Launceston in late April 2015.

More information on the scholarships is available on the AWPA website.