BWPA 2019 Scholarship Winners Announced

It is with great pleasure that we are now able to announce the names of our 2019 scholarship winners. This year there were seven scholarships offered – three flying scholarships and four groundschool scholarships.

BWPA Flying Start (£1000) for new, inexperienced pilots to gain their first qualifications.

Awarded to Fiona Hesler

BWPA Flying High (£1000) for licensed pilots who wish to gain further qualifications, take part in significant competitions, or undertake other suitable activities to help them further their personal flying aims.

Sharing the award are Tamara Leitan and Linda Clarke

BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Scholarship for the full value of the CATS Aviation Training, Luton ground school CPL/ATPL (A or H) course.

Awarded to Aeryn Parsons

Two BWPA Bristol Groundschool ATPL Scholarships, each for half the value of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL (A or H) course.

Awarded to Vanessa Bartlett and Tessa Morris-Paterson

Two BWPA Easy PPL Ground School Scholarships for new and inexperienced pilots towards gaining their PPL(A) ground school qualifications.

Awarded to Lara Griggs and Intisar Ahmed

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.

Scholarship Winners 2018

Scholarship Winners 2018

The BWPA offered five scholarships in 2018.

The BWPA Air Total Flying Futures Scholarship, to the value of £1000, was offered 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.

The BWPA Dame Margaret Joan Anstee Scholarship, valued at £500 and kindly donated by a BWPA member and her partner, was for a female pilot who demonstrates the intention to lead a strongly aviation-related life. It was to be used towards gaining a qualification in any type of flying which the applicant could demonstrate was integral to those plans.

The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Scholarship, worth £1599, was kindly donated by CATS Aviation Training, Luton, to cover their ground school element for a CPL or ATPL (A) or (H).

The BWPA BGS ATPL (A or H) Scholarships, two scholarships worth £1175 each, were kindly donated by Bristol Groundschool, each to cover the cost of half their ground school element for an ATPL (A) or (H).

The winners of the 2018 scholarships were:

  • The BWPA Air Total Flying Futures Scholarship – 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 BWPA Dame Margaret Joan Anstee Scholarship – Lauren Richardson (Wilson). 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.
  • The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Scholarship – 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 also not ruled out an airline post at some point in the future.
  • The BWPA BGS ATPL (A or H) Scholarships – 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. Her ambition is to become a captain in due course.
Scholarship Winners 2017

The BWPA offered seven scholarships in 2017.

The BWPA Flying Start scholarship, worth £1000, was offered to support a first flying qualification.

The BWPA Flying High Scholarship, also worth £1000 for those who already have a flying qualification in any field, and to be used towards further qualifications in the same or different types of flying or further training or experience.

The BWPA Air Total UK Flying Futures Scholarship, worth £1000 and kindly donated by Air Total UK, was offered for a qualified pilot for a project which is realistic, feasible, and well planned as well as being individual, interesting and ‘different’.

The BWPA Saul-Pooley Renewal or Revalidation Scholarship, an award of £500, was kindly donated by Dorothy Saul-Pooley, BWPA member, flying instructor and examiner and previously the first woman Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. It was offered to support the renewal or revalidation of a licence or rating previously held in fixed wing or helicopter flying.

The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Scholarship, worth £1599 and kindly donated by CATS, offered to cover their ground school element for a CPL or ATPL (A) or (H).

The BWPA BGS ATPL (A or H) Scholarships, two scholarships worth £1175 each and kindly donated by Bristol Groundschool, each to cover the cost of half their ground school element for an ATPL (A) or (H).

The winners of the 2017 scholarships were:

  • The BWPA Flying Start Scholarship – Abbigale Austin. Abbigale is an artist and animator who, since her first flight, has become passionate about aviation, travels a long distance for her lessons whenever she can afford them, and will be using this award towards completing her PPL in fixed wing flying.
  • The BWPA Flying High Scholarship – Zoe Mallam. At only 17 Zoe is already an experienced glider pilot and a Caroline Trust Ambassador raising funds for young people’s gliding. Zoe plans to use the award towards obtaining a powered aircraft licence with the longer term aim of operating sea planes and vintage aircraft.
  • The BWPA Air Total UK Flying Futures Scholarship – Claire Birch. Previously an RAF officer and Tornado F3 fast jet navigator, Claire will use the award towards her detailed and very well-planned project of undertaking a ’round Britain’ flight visiting many new airfields as a part of building hours towards a commercial licence. She also plans to spend time en route to meet with schools and girls’ groups to raise awareness of the opportunities in aviation.
  • The BWPA Saul-Pooley Renewal or Revalidation Scholarship – Sue Tuddenham. Sue, a commercial pilot currently working in the corporate sector as a First Officer flying the Citation C560XL/XLS, plans to use the award towards renewal of her recently expired SEP rating, aiming in future to provide experience flights to young people as a part of the BWPA supported Aviatrix Project.
  • The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Scholarship – Sam Cundey. Sam has managed her own livery yard, is a qualified horse-riding instructor, and worked as an operations manager at Redhill Airfield where she completed her PPL and developed her love of flying. She is currently undertaking her MEP training and, as she very much enjoys teaching, now plans to complete her commercial licence to become a flying instructor.
  • The BWPA BGS ATPL (A or H) Scholarships – Sarah Reed and Amelie Windel. Sarah is a marine biologist currently working for the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera Research station and has diving and yachting qualifications. She also has gliding and fixed wing qualifications, has raced gliders, and now plans to obtain a commercial licence to enable her to fly professionally in remote regions. Amelie obtained her PPL in Morocco and converted to a British PPL in 2011. Her passion is aerobatics and she has already flown in various competitions. She plans to obtain a commercial licence to enable her to instruct professionally, especially in aerobatics, with a focus on being a role model for women in aviation.
Scholarship Winners 2016

The BWPA offered three scholarships in 2016.

The Flying Start Scholarship, valued at £1000, was offered for pilots in training towards their first licence or initial qualification. The Flying High Scholarship, also valued at £1000, was for training or gaining experience towards further ratings, qualifications, competition entries and other advanced activities. Both scholarships were available across the whole range of aviation including powered flight, gliding, balloons and hang-gliding.

The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Scholarship, worth £1599, was kindly donated by CATS Aviation Training, Luton for the Ground School element of a CPL or ATPL for pilots with a PPL (A) or (H). The selection panel included representatives from CATS, the Light Aircraft Association, the British Gliding Association, the British Microlight Aircraft Association, the British Balloon and Airship Club and the BWPA, including the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BWPA. We had over 50 applications, many of which were outstanding, making decisions very difficult.

The winners of the 2016 scholarships were:

  • The BWPA Flying Start Scholarship – Geraldine Hill
  • The BWPA Flying High Scholarship – Emily Collett
  • The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Ground School Scholarship – Christine Carver
Scholarship Winners 2015

The BWPA offered six scholarships for our Diamond Jubilee Year.

Three scholarships for gliding, microlight flying, and ballooning, worth £500 each, were donated by the BWPA and offered through the relevant organisations of the British Gliding Association, the British Microlight Aircraft Association and the British Balloon and Airship Club. The selection of a recipient for each the awards was jointly undertaken by BWPA and the relevant organisation.

Three scholarships were offered through the BWPA. The BWPA Aeroplanes (Vintage and non-Vintage) Scholarship, worth £500, was offered as a flying scholarship either for a new pilot hoping to gain a PPL or for an experienced pilot wishing to further her skills.

The BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Scholarship, worth £1499, was kindly donated by CATS Aviation Training, Luton, was offered to cover the ground school element for applicants with at least PPL (A) or PPL (H) who wished to study for a CPL or ATPL.

The BWPA Saul-Pooley IRI Instruction Scholarship was offered for a qualified flying instructor who wished to become an Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI) and was donated by Dorothy Saul-Pooley of Pooley’s Flying Instructor School at Shoreham Airport.

The winners of the 2015 scholarships were:

  • The BWPA Gliding Scholarship – Susie Edwards
  • The BWPA Balloon Flying Scholarship – Victoria Daley
  • The BWPA Microlight Flying Scholarship – Sharon Cox
  • The BWPA Aeroplanes (Vintage and non-Vintage) Flying Scholarship – Rebecca Neal
  • The CATS CPL/ATPL (A or H) Ground School Scholarship – Kanchana Gamage
  • The BWPA Saul-Pooley IRI Instruction Scholarship – Morag Leslie-Smith

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