Scholarship Winners 2020

This year, we were able to award eleven scholarships to female pilots.

Daisy Bing - BWPA Flying Start scholarship

A financial scholarship for new, inexperienced pilots to gain their first qualifications.

Daisy Bing will use her scholarship to finish her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Her favourite part of her flight training so far has been the excitement of learning the basics and being able to fly solo before she could drive. “I love learning new things, and there’s so much to learn about the art of flying,” she says.

Passionate about defence and security studies, Daisy is currently working towards a BA (Hons) in War, Peace and International Relations at the University of Reading. Daisy would love to become an RAF pilot, flying the A400M.

Maleha Khan - BWPA Flying Start scholarship

A financial scholarship for new, inexperienced pilots to gain their first qualifications.

Maleha Khan will use her scholarship to finish her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and is loving the “constant excitement” of her initial training.

She is studying Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at the University of Southampton and says that undertaking this degree “makes sure I will always be involved in aviation”.

Maleha’s aspirations are sky high – she would like to train as an RAF fast jet pilot and aspires to become an astronaut. “I just want to keep going and this scholarship is a step towards my next dream coming true,” she says.

Laura Mayer - BWPA Flying High scholarship

A financial scholarship for licensed pilots who wish to gain further qualifications.

Laura Mayer, an experienced flying instructor, will put the scholarship towards her Instrument Rating Instructor (IRI) course.

While completing her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), Laura’s flying school saw she had a talent for teaching, so suggested she become a flying instructor. Laura had initially considered becoming a primary school teacher, so combining her passions has been a dream come true.

Laura loves being with and supporting her students, and is clear that there are no stupid questions. “If they want to ask me what the white fluffy things in the sky are, then that’s completely fine,” she says.

Hannah Nobbs - BWPA Flying High scholarship

A financial scholarship for licensed pilots who wish to gain further qualifications.

Hannah Nobbs will use her scholarship to help fund her helicopter multi engine instrument training. Her ultimate dream would be to combine being an engineer with flying as an air ambulance or coastguard pilot. Hannah not only aims to fly helicopters commercially, but also to fly one she helped design.

She was involved in the development of two aircraft, the AW169 and the AW189, and says that “to fly these, having been part of the design process, would be amazing”.

Hannah is a Trustee for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and works for the CAA as an Airworthiness Policy Specialist for Commercial SpaceFlight.

Lucy Wootton - BWPA Flying High scholarship

A financial scholarship for licensed pilots who wish to gain further qualifications.

Lucy Wootton is upgrading from a Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) to a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and will use her scholarship to help her finish this. She would also like to become a tug pilot at her gliding club and eventually fly commercially.

After a trial flight in a glider, Lucy knew that aviation was the route she wanted to follow. She says, “This scholarship takes me to the next step of the path I want to go on. It’s exciting to have a way forward”.

Fiona Smith - BWPA CATS ground school scholarship

A scholarship for the full value of the CATS Aviation Training, Luton ground school ATPL (A) course.

Fiona Smith will use her scholarship to help her reach her aim of working for an airline.

She is a committed and long-term fan of aviation and her ambition is to become a commercial pilot before she is 40.

Fiona says, “This scholarship is a vote of confidence – I am now financially secure and mentally grounded enough to do it, and to have someone invest in me is such a great support”.

Currently completing a Masters’ in Contemporary History and Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, Fiona’s dissertation will be on women in the space race.

Laura Fice - BWPA Bristol Groundschool scholarship

A scholarship for half the value of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL (A) course.

Laura Fice is aiming to complete her ATPL groundschool and then gain her Commercial Pilot Licence.

She would also like to become a flying instructor to teach and inspire other women who would like a career in aviation.

Laura says, “This scholarship is a boost to my confidence and will drive me to keep going. It is great to get validation that I am on the right track”.

Laura also hopes that changing perceptions around gender in aviation can be achieved by increasing the exposure and profile of female pilots.

Emma Wooledge - BWPA Bristol Groundschool scholarship

A scholarship for half the value of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL (A) course.

Emma Wooledge aims to complete her ATPL and then fly commercially for an airline. She would also like to become an instructor.

Emma was 22 weeks pregnant when she had her first flying lesson. After successfully landing the aeroplane by herself, her instructor told her she would “be mad not to do a PPL”, so she started when her son was 16 weeks old.

She has been inspired by female role models in aviation while working as cabin crew. Her late father also had a passion for aviation and she would like to make him proud by achieving this dream in his memory.

Pernia Zeb - BWPA Wings Alliance scholarship

A scholarship for the full value of a Wings Alliance Airline Pilot Assessment.

Pernia Zeb is well on her way to completing her Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and would like to use her scholarship to help her secure her first airline job.

She says that “many people are unaware of how to begin in aviation” and that she would like to encourage other women to pursue a flying career.

Pernia has a BSc Hons in Air Transport with Private Pilot Training from Buckinghamshire New University. She found this route beneficial as she learned about different parts of the aviation industry while also learning to fly.

Alison Field - BWPA Easy PPL ground school scholarship

A scholarship for the full value of an Easy PPL ground school course.

Alison Field is currently training at Perth Airport and plans to use her scholarship to finish her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

“Flying has enhanced my life immeasurably. It has given me focus, appealed to my adventurous nature and taught me valuable life skills,” she says.

Once qualified, Alison plans to pursue further training, including a mountain flying course, so she can combine her love of flying with her passion for adventure. She is keen to make a career out of aviation and aspires to be a commercial pilot.

Alison is also an active volunteer with the Aviatrix Project and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Steph Smith - BWPA Easy PPL ground school scholarship

A scholarship for the full value of an Easy PPL ground school course.

Steph Smith has been flying gliders since she was ten and will use her scholarship to start training for her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). Following that, she would like to gain her towing rating.

With a passion for old aircraft, Steph wants to use her PPL to fly “as many vintage aeroplanes as I can get my hands on”.

Steph is a Licenced Aircraft Engineer and currently working on the A400M for Airbus at RAF Brize Norton. She also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador and as a mentor to support women transferring to careers in aerospace engineering.

Scholarship Winners 2019

Scholarship Winners 2019

The BWPA offered seven scholarships in 2019.

 

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 Crossland-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 Greggs 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 – Samantha ‘C’. 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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