Scholarship Applications and Donations

Deadline Extended to August 31st for Helijet Rotary AME or IFR, PetroValue Mid-Career Training and All AME Scholarships


Donate today to the BCAC’s scholarship programs and support the next generation of BC’s aviation and aerospace leaders!

BC Aviation Council (BCAC) Scholarship Applications open near the start of the year. Submissions must be made using the online form and reach our office no later than midnight May 31st. 

BCAC members recognize the financial pressures faced by students pursuing studies in aviation and aerospace, and is pleased to provide a substantial number of scholarships on an annual basis. With the critical shortage of human resources faced by our industry before COVID-19, and the need to support recovery, a focus on scholarships is a key priority of the Council.

Students can apply for cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,000.

General criteria are listed below, with any additional required details listed with individual scholarships. You must fill out the online form (also below) and select the scholarship(s) you are applying for. More than one scholarship can be selected in this step.

There are four general scholarship categories – pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), airport operations, and general. Please make clear what catagory(s) you are applying under.

If you have any questions, contact the BC Aviation Council at info@bcaviationcouncil.org

Results of each year’s submissions are announced before end of September and awarded at the Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration in October at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Join your aviation and aerospace colleagues at this fun, networking gala.


Thank you to the following for their current ongoing support of the scholarship program.

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP for funding a $2,000 annual scholarship, the Ernie Alexander Memorial Scholarship, since 2010, and contributing $500 annually to the John and Michelle Ward Memorial Scholarship.

The Anderson Family for funding a $6,000 private pilot award annually since 2014. This scholarship increased to $7,000 in 2020.

Various donors, coordinated by Glacier Air, annually supporting the Francois Leh Flight Instructor Training Scholarship.

Harbour Air for funding an annual Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship of approximately 50 hours of instruction, worth about $25,000. (*PLEASE NOTE* Harbour Air scholarship is not available until 2022 due to the impact of COVID-19.)

Helijet for funding a $3,500 annual scholarship for rotary aircraft AME or IFR training for five years through 2021.

Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association (PAMEA) for their recent $42,000 contribution to the scholarship investment fund to support their annual AME scholarship.

PetroValue for funding a $2,500 annual scholarship for Students and mid-career applicants who are working toward, or are already employed, in the field of airport management, operations, safety or fuelling operations.

To find out how to include your company in this listing of ongoing scholarship supporters, contact BC Aviation Council


BASIC SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA 

Please ensure the nomination application includes all the following. These criteria apply to all scholarships. Any additional requirements for individual awards are listed below the scholarship name.

  • Applications must be made using the online application form below.
  • Nominees must be BCAC members – remember Student memberships are free for any Student.
  • It is preferable that the nomination is made by a BCAC member but not required. You can self-nominate. Many BCAC members are listed on this website.
  • Applications must be received no than midnight May 31st with winners announced in before the end of September. Awards are presented at the annual Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards in the Fall.
  • Nominator must attach a signed, detailed narrative summary of the achievements, strengths and qualifications of the nominee (200 – 400 words).
  • statement from the applicant should also be included indicating why they should receive the award, outlining scholastic and personal achievements, goals, reasoning for financial assistance, and signed by nominator as well.
  • High academic standing is required – provide a transcript of marks.
  • Provide as much information as you can for the Awards Committee. The better your presentation, the more opportunity your nomination will have.
  • Applications are accepted from everywhere; however, training must occur in British Columbia.
  • Other letters of recommendation from personal contacts would also be of benefit.

Photo: Okanagan College

(1) PILOTS

PRIVATE PILOT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Anderson Family Flight Training: $7,000
The John Anderson family funds an annual $7,000 scholarship, awarded in July before other scholarships, to a young aspiring BC pilot, aged 16-19. Use separate application: Anderson Scholarship Criteria and Nomination Form

Anne and Rudi Bauer Memorial: $1,000

  • Actively engaged in private pilot training or recently received PPL – provide transcript of marks.
  • Superior flying skills – signed statement from flight instructor of Transport Canada certified flying school.
  • Excellence in airmanship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continue towards commercial pilot training or involvement in an aviation industry training organisation such as aviation maintenance, airport operations or airline operations.

COMMERCIAL PILOT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Al Michaud Memorial: $1,000

Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training: $3,000

John and Michelle Ward Memorial: $2,000

  • Actively engaged in commercial pilot training.
  • Provide both academic and PPL marks.
  • Superior flying skills.
  • Excellence in airmanship – signed statement from recognized university, college, training institute or Transport Canada certified flying school.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continue with commercial pilot training to obtain license in fixed or rotary wing aircraft.

COMMERCIAL FLOAT PLANE PILOT SCHOLARSHIP:

Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement (Postponed to 2022)

  • Completed a minimum of 150 hours of flight training towards Commercial Pilots Licence or completed a Commercial Pilots Licence, and is committed to pursuing a career as a commercial float plane pilot.
  • Committed to training, completing the program, and working as a pilot in the float plane industry.
  • Approximate value $25,000.

COMMERCIAL / PRIVATE PILOT / AME / AIRPORT OPS — SUPPORTING FEMALE APPLICANTS:

Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training: $1,000

  • Must be female.
  • Currently registered at a B.C. provincially recognized university, college, training institution or a Transport Canada certified flight school to become a private or commercial pilot, AME or airport operations/management
  • Student shows an interest in aviation and has demonstrated a commitment to complete her training in her chosen aviation field.
  • Include academic marks.
  • The application must be supported by a BCAC member or a Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) member.

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SCHOLARSHIPS:

BC Aviation Council Flight Instructor Training: $1,000

  • Student is obtaining their fixed or rotary wing Instructor Rating License.
  • Provide school academic marks as well as PPL.
  • Must show commitment to training and teaching others, such as showing a dedicated interest in aviation and a commitment to complete the program.
  • Application to include letter of recommendation from a Transport Canada certified flight school in British Columbia advising on candidates potential to complete the program.

Francois Leh Flight Instructor Training: $1,500

  • BC residency and will remain in BC to work as a Flight Instructor.
  • A curious mind and desire to learn and share their acquired knowledge with others.
  • Show a desire to give back to the community through participation in aviation related events, organizations and/or clubs.
  • Show commitment to training and teaching others, a dedicated interest in general aviation and a commitment to share knowledge as a career choice not just a path to build hours for the airlines.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Transport Canada certified Class 1 Flight Instructor in British Columbia advising on candidate’s potential to complete the program.

(Photo: SkyService Business Aviation)

(2) AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS (AME)

Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate: $3,000

  • Recent graduate from AME program in British Columbia.
  • Provide final transcript.
  • Will have overcome some great personal challenge(s) in order to complete the program.
  • Demonstrate capacity for hard work and determination to succeed.

Helijet Helicopter Rotary Aircraft AME or IFR Training: $3,500

  • Student demonstrates commitment to completing the program.
  • Include a signed statement from recognized university, college, training institute or Transport Canada certified flying school in British Columbia on the candidates potential to complete the program.

Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association (PAMEA) AME Award: $1,000

  • Promotes prospective AME candidates that recently graduated or are currently enrolled and have completed at least 75% of their training in an accredited AME training school in British Columbia.
  • Must show an aptitude and desire for a career in aircraft maintenance, be a Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant or have proof of ability to work in Canada.
  • This award is due to the support of some very special people, including Ferdinand (Ferdie) Vachon AME (Aviation Hall of Fame 2001), Gordon Peters AME, BCIT Instructor (1985), and Alan and Dorthy Ludbrook Pioneers in Avionics in Vancouver, who created the PAMEA Scholarship Fund to promote the best in aircraft maintenance.

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(3) AIRPORT OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT 

BCAC Airports Committee Airport Operations/Management Training: $2,000 (one or two awarded)

  • Completed at least one year (or equivalent) at an educational institution in the above discipline and has at least one more year to complete the program.
  • Demonstrated personal initiative and leadership qualities in the program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continue with training to obtain diploma, degree or certification.
  • Extra consideration will be given to those who express interest in taking a practicum or internship at an airport outside of the Lower Mainland.

Nanaimo Airport: To be announced.

PetroValue Airport Management and Technical Training: $2,500

Student Application Criteria (2022)

  • Is currently enrolled at an educational institution in airport management with another year to complete.
  • Extra consideration given for expressing an interest in taking a practicum or internship at an airport outside the Lower Mainland.

Mid-Career Application Criteria (2021, 2023)

  • Is currently employed at or on an airport in a management or operational role.
  • Supported by their employer for additional training in management, technical or safety field.
  • Must show acceptance into a recognized training or technical course.
  • Preference will be given to smaller airports with fuelling operations.

William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training: $1,000

  • Completed at least one year (or equivalent) at an educational institution in the above discipline and has at least one more year to complete the training course.
  • Demonstrated personal initiative and leadership qualities in the program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continue with training to obtain diploma, degree, or certification.

Photo: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

(4) GENERAL

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Ernie Alexander Memorial: $2,000

  • Currently enrolled in an Aviation or Aerospace program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia.
  • Has an academic grade average of 75% or higher.
  • Demonstrates achievement in community involvement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continue with training to obtain certification, diploma, or degree.

BC Aviation Council Career Training: $1,000 

  • Any recognized aviation or aerospace field.
  • Serious mature student who has already demonstrated success in chosen aviation field and is upgrading or completing skills training to upgrade certification.
  • Individual must have completed at least 75% of their area of training.
  • Application to include letter of recommendation from accredited or registered college, university, or flight school, advising of candidates potential to complete the program.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS  

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)

BC General Aviation Association (BCGAA)

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Neil J Armstrong Scholarship

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Career and Scholarship Guide

RCAF Foundation Student Scholarships

Zulu Aviation Summer Scholarship


Application Form

    Section 1 - I Am

    IndividualOrganization

    Section 2 - Sponsor and Nominee

    Sponsor (BCAC member preferred but not required)

    Nominee

    Section 3 - Award Category and Request

    Category of Award

    PilotAMEAviation Operations and ManagementGeneral

    Awards Applied For

    Anderson Family Flight TrainingAnne and Rudi Bauer MemorialAl Michaud MemorialConair Group Commercial Aviation TrainingJohn and Michelle Ward MemorialHarbour Air Advanced Float Plane EndorsementMary Swain Memorial Aviation TrainingBC Aviation Council Flight Instructor TrainingFrancois Leh Flight Instructor TrainingBarry and Jim Aviation Maintenance GraduateHelijet Rotary AME and IFR TrainingPAMEA Aircraft Maintenance EngineerBCAC Airports Committee Airport Operations/Management TrainingPetroValue Airport Management and Technical TrainingWilliam Templeton Airport Operations Management TrainingAlexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Ernie Alexander MemorialBC Aviation Council Career Training

    Section 4 - Experience and Criteria

    Education and Diplomas (High School, Degrees, Diplomas)

    Professional Qualifications (qualifications, pilot licenses, management certificates)

    Educational Facility (college, flight school, university)

    Relevant Experience (pilot hours, work experience, relevant job history)

    Section 5 - Letters of Reference

    Nominee must provide a written narrative outlining scholastic / work achievements / goals and signed by the nominator as well.

    Other letters of recommendation from personal contacts would also be of benefit when evaluating the nomination.


    To find out how to include your company in this listing of scholarships, contact the BC Aviation Council.


    ENDOWMENT FUND

    The Council’s charity status enhances our ability to raise funds through events such as the annual Fall Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration, the Spring Airports, Aviation, Aerospace Conference and direct donations. BCAC maintains an endowment fund and the proceeds from the fund are used to support our scholarship program for deserving students. To date, approximately $450,000 is endowed, sustaining many of the awards for the long term.

    However, much more needs to be done, so the Council has launched the BCAC Scholarship Campaign with a goal of increasing our scholarship endowment to over $1,000,000. We are 45 percent of the way there!

    Remember that there was a growing Human Resources shortage in our province before COVID-19 and people will be the key to recovery. Domestic traffic is expected to return like a tsunami. The BC Aviation Council is determined to be part of the Human Resources solution to the rebuilding challenges aviation and aerospace will soon face.


    DONATIONS

    With current investment returns, the endowment income available for these important cash awards is constrained and the BCAC is actively seeking to supplement our endowment with additional donations.

    Support the next generation of aviation and aerospace leaders by making a donation to the BCAC Scholarship Program. Donations can be made online via our secure form (a tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $20).

    You can also donate specifically to the BCAC General Scholarship Fund, Francois Leh Flight Training Fund, and the John and Michelle Ward Memorial Scholarship.

    Also attending the annual Silver Wings industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration in October of each year is a great and enjoyable way to support our scholarship program. All revenue generated by the silent auction goes toward the BCAC General Scholarship endowment.

    Please give until you feel good that your donation will make it easier for students to fulfill their dreams of a career in aviation and aerospace. Your support of the BCAC’s education and training initiatives is greatly appreciated.

    Click here to donate today.