Women interested in a career in aviation are encouraged to apply for a number of scholarships and awards on offer from the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA).
AWPA is a national representative body of women pilots with a focus on promoting female participation in aviation, whether as a career or for recreation. They are currently offering a variety of scholarships in various categories including:
- Flying scholarships
- Theory scholarships and awards
- Recreational and gliding pilots
- State-funded scholarships and
- State-based scholarships.
The RAAF is also sponsoring two scholarships in conjunction with the AWPA. The Navigation Component Scholarship helps female pilots with the flight training costs of completing the navigation component of a private or commercial powered fixed-wing pilot licence. The Formation/Aerobatic Endorsement Scholarship assists with gaining a formation or aerobatic endorsement.
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, praised the AWPA scholarships as a positive initiative for encouraging and assisting women to pursue flying careers.
‘I understand how expensive and challenging it can be to pursue a career as a pilot, and the Navigation Component Scholarship is designed to help support the fantastic young women who are committed to this great profession,’ he said.
‘The opportunity to further develop flying skills with a formation or aerobatic endorsement is also significant, which the Formation/Aerobatic Endorsement Scholarship aims to support.
‘Air Force is committed to gender diversity, and is proud to sponsor these scholarships. I enthusiastically invite any young female pilots in training to apply.’
Entry forms and more information are available on the AWPA website and applications close 31 January 2016.