It is with great pleasure that the BWPA is now able to announce the names of its 2018 scholarship winners. This year there were five scholarships offered – two flying scholarships and three ATPL Groundschool scholarships.
The BWPA Air Total Flying Futures Scholarship 2018, to the value of £1000, is for a flying project which, in the opinion of the selection panel, describes a realistic, feasible, well planned and interesting project which also has a high chance of completion. This award is kindly donated once again by Air Total, and this years’ winner is Corrine Dennis. Corrine is a BAeA competitor at Advanced Level, who owns, operates, displays and built her Pitts Special G-TWRL. Following five years spent building the Pitts, when flying had to take second place, Corrine will use the award to obtain suitable ground-to-air critique from one of the UK’s leading aerobatic trainers, to improve her accuracy and display artistry.
The recipient of the BWPA Dame Margaret Joan Anstee Scholarship 2018 is Lauren Richardson (Wilson). The award, for £500, is for a female pilot who demonstrates the intention to lead a strongly aviation-related life. It is to be used towards gaining a qualification in any type of flying which the applicant can demonstrate is integral to those plans. It is kindly donated by a BWPA member and her partner. Lauren is a well known display pilot, also with a Pitts Special, and has recently gained her CPL(A). She now plans to complete a multi-engine instrument rating, on the route to becoming a commercially qualified pilot.
As in previous years, we have one full-fee Scholarship for ATPL ground School donated by CATS, and two half-fee Scholarships donated by BGS. We thank both CATS and BGS for their ongoing support for BWPA. The winner of the CATS Scholarship is Rachelle Fays. Rachelle is a qualified Occupational Therapist and currently works as a Flying Instructor. She plans to become an advanced instructor teaching the CPL syllabus and flight instructor courses, but has not ruled out an airline post at some point in the future. The winners of the two BGS Scholarships are Jessica DeMelo, and Samantha Waller. Jessica is a PPL, who currently works for West Atlantic UK as a Senior Operations and Crewing Officer and is based at East Midlands Airport. Her current focus is to become a commercially qualified airline pilot. Following a period in environmental management, Sam worked for the Red Bull Air Races. She is currently working as BA Cabin Crew to gain airline experience whilst undertaking commercial training, with the aim of becoming a commercial pilot.
There were many impressive applicants for the BWPA 2018 Scholarships, and the selection panel would like to thank all who applied, thank our sponsors, and congratulate all our winners – we look forward to hearing of their progress.
Marion Wooldridge; June 2018
BWPA Deputy Chair and Scholarship Coordinator