2020 scholarship applications have now closed . 

Each year, AWPA makes available a range of scholarships and awards that create opportunities for all ages and levels of experience. The scholarship program for 2020 has now closed.

All scholarships and awards have eligibility requirements and are awarded on merit. Assessments of applications are made by panels – one for each scholarship – of 3 to 5 people appointed for their appropriate experience/expertise.

Multiple applications are limited to no more than 2 per applicant in any one year.

The successful applicants are announced at the presentation event usually held in conjunction with the AWPA annual conference.

For further information contact the AWPA Scholarship Coordinator


AWPA Scholarships
Something for Everyone

  • The Lady Casey Scholarship

    Sponsored by AWPA

    This scholarship is to assist an AWPA member to obtain an Instructor Rating or an Instrument Rating, either fixed wing or rotary, to further a career in aviation.

    Criteria include being a permanent resident of Australia, holding an Australian CPL, being a financial member of AWPA and having been an AWPA member for at least two years prior to application.

    Value: Up to $5,000 paid on a ‘dollar-for-dollar’ basis.

     

  • AWPA Flight Training Scholarships
    Sponsored by Airservices Australia

    To assist four women with flight training costs associated with gaining any level of flying proficiency from the early stages of training through to the Commercial Pilot Licence.

    Category 1: Applicants must have achieved their first solo in an aeroplane or helicopter (two scholarships).

    Category 2: Applicants must have a minimum of five hours cross-country flight time as pilot in command (two scholarships).

    An applicant must be at least 15 years of age and must be a financial member of AWPA.

    Value: Up to $8,000 per scholarship

     

  • AWPA Navigation Component Scholarship

    Sponsored by The Royal Australian Air Force

    The scholarship is to assist with flight training costs associated with completing the navigation component of a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence flying a fixed wing powered aircraft.

    Scholarship applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 27 and must be a financial member of AWPA.

    Value: $7,000.

     

  • AWPA Formation/Aerobatic Endorsement (Aeroplane) Scholarship

    Sponsored by The Royal Australian Air Force

    This scholarship is to assist a female pilot with gaining either a Formation or Aerobatic Endorsement. The applicant must hold at least a Private Pilot Licence (A) or provide written certification that such an equivalent level has been attained.

    Scholarship applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 27 and must be a financial member of AWPA.

    Value: $2,500.

     

  • Merlene Smith (nee Jackson) and Riga Medical Scholarship

    Sponsored by Riga Medical

    This scholarship is available to a trainee or licensed women pilots who have been inspired to pursue a career in aviation by either:

    • a personal experience in aviation assisting the delivery of medical service, or
    • the example of another female pilot, either historical or contemporary, involved in the delivery of medical service. While the scholarship aims to assist pilots in training, it is also open to licensed pilots who wish to advance their expertise, particularly where they are focused on how to use their aviation skills in the delivery of medical services in rural and remote areas.
    • Value: $1,000
    • AWPA membership is not required at the time of application, but the successful applicant will be expected to join AWPA if not already a member.
    • The scholarship could be used by the recipient to assist with gaining, retaining or furthering a flying qualification, endorsement or rating.

     

  • Sandra Southwell Memorial Scholarship

    Sponsored by Donations From Family, Friends and Cessna 182 Association 

    To provide financial assistance for a conversion from an RA-Aus Recreational Pilot Certificate
    to Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

    • Value up to $3000.00  on a dollar for dollar basis.

     


 

Theory Scholarships & Awards
Mental Challenges

  • Air Transport Pilot Licence Theory Scholarship
    Sponsored by Air BP

    One scholarship is offered for a female CPL holder to provide assistance towards the cost of the ATPL theory course. Membership of AWPA is not a requirement.

    Applicants must hold an Australian CPL with a minimum of 300 hours total time.

    Value: $1,000 on a  dollar for dollar basis.

     

     

  • Nancy Wells Award
    Donated by the Ninety Nines Inc. Australian Section

    This award is to assist a member of the 99s or AWPA in defraying costs of CASA exam fees, study material and equipment associated with the attainment of licenses or ratings required for a career or commercial involvement in aviation.

    Value: $500

    Contact: Senja Robey

  • The Nancy-Bird Walton Memorial Trophy
    Sponsored by the family of the late Nancy-Bird Walton

    This trophy is for the most noteworthy contribution to aviation by a woman of Australasia.  Membership of AWPA is not a requirement.  Nominations must be in writing, with a seconder – nominations can only come from within AWPA, either from financial individual members or from state or territory branches.

     


 

Recreational & Gliding Pilots
Awards & Scholarships

  • Soaring Scholarship
    Sponsored by AWPA

    This scholarship aims to assist a female sailplane pilot to enhance her cross-country skills. Scholarship funds can be used for but are not limited to assisting a sailplane pilot with towing charges, glider hire or retrieval costs.

    Applicants must be a permanent resident of Australia; hold a silver C badge and a current Glider Medical Certificate.

    Membership of AWPA is not a requirement.

    Value: $500 on a dollar for dollar basis.

  • Gliding Award
    Sponsored by AWPA

    This award is made for the most meritorious gliding flight carried out by a female glider pilot during the previous year, or for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gliding in Australia.

    Membership of AWPA is not a requirement.

    Perpetual trophy and personal memento (Albatross).

     


 

State Funded Scholarships
Supporting Members

  • NSW 2000 Edna Grose Scholarship

    Sponsored by AWPA NSW Branch

    This scholarship is open to all eligible members of AWPA and may be used for fixed wing, rotary wing, gliding or balloon flight. The intended use of the scholarship could include multi-engine class rating, design feature endorsement, Flight Review, PPL training, CPL training, Private Instrument Rating (PIR), flight activity endorsement,  cross country gliding rating, aircraft type endorsement.

    It is intended that the scholarship be used for the attainment of one qualification and only for the intended purpose nominated on the application form.

    Note: This scholarship is not intended to be used to obtain an Instrument Rating (IR), Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) or Night Visual Flight Rules rating (NVFR).

    Applicants must have a minimum 12 months membership of AWPA, hold a current medical, have completed GFPT (or equivalent for gliding or ballooning) or hold a Recreational Pilot Licence or higher, hold the appropriate licence or rating to undertake the proposed flight training, and for PPL, CPL or PIR, passes in the appropriate theory examinations (evidence to be provided).

    Value: $2,500 on a dollar for dollar basis.

     

  • Mary O'Brien Silver Wings Award
    Sponsored by Barbara Swett (USA) and AWPA NSW Branch

    To assist a woman of 45 years or more with ab-initio training, Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), PPL, CPL, Private Instrument Rating (PIR), Night VFR, Flight Review, training or endorsements in Aerobatic Retractable or Tail wheel flying.

    Open to any female pilot who is a permanent resident of Australia and is at least 45 years of age.  The successful applicant will be required to join AWPA if not already a member.

    Value: Up to $1,500 on a ‘dollar-for-dollar’ basis.

     

  • 1974 Memorial Grant
    Donated by AWPA Victoria Branch

    This award is to provide assistance towards the cost of a rating or endorsement to support the advancement of practical flying skills.

    Applicants must be female, a permanent resident of Australia, hold a private licence with a minimum of 100 hours, and not be currently undertaking the rating or endorsement being applied for.

    Applicants must have been a financial member of AWPA for a minimum of 12 months.

    As this scholarship was donated to assist a PPL pilot, preference will be given to applicants not intending to proceed to a CPL.

    Value: $1,000 on a dollar for dollar basis.

     

  • The Freda Thompson and Claire Embling Aviation Award
    Donated by the late Claire and Ken Embling.

    To assist in the advancement of practical and/or theoretical training. An applicant must be a permanent resident of Australia, and have a minimum of 50 hours in a powered aircraft.  The award must be used within 12 months.

    Membership of AWPA is a requirement, for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to application for the award.

    Value: $1,000 on a dollar for dollar basis.

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State Based Scholarships
Working for Members

  • AWPA SA/NT Branch Incentive Award

    To financially assist a current SA-NT AWPA member, resident in South Australia or the Northern Territory, in any commendable aviation endeavour.

    Applicants must have a current aviation medical (as applicable to the relevant aviation sector), be a resident of SA or NT and have been an AWPA member with a minimum of 24 months in the SA-NT branch.

    Value: Variable.

     

  • AWPA WA Branch Aviation Award

    The aim of this award is to assist any female student pilot in training for the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), RA-Aus Pilot Certificate, RA-Aus Navigation Endorsement or Gliding Certificate, thereby promoting the Australian Women Pilots’ Association.

    An applicant must have been a WA resident for at least the preceding 12 months and hold a current aviation medical. Membership of AWPA is not a requirement.

    Value: $2,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

     

  • The Marion McCall OAM Scholarship
    Donated by Marion McCall OAM…
    To  financially  assist  an  Aboriginal/Torres  Strait  Islander  woman  who  is  resident  in  and  a citizen of Australia to train up to the level of Solo Flight

     

    The recipient can use the funds for training up to the stage of solo flight. After first solo flight, the remaining funds can be used for further solo flights.

    Membership of AWPA is not a requirement to apply but the successful applicant will be expected to join AWPA if not already a member.

    The applicant must be an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, resident in SA, NT or WA, medically fit and able to pass a pilot medical.

    Value: $3,750