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BCAC SCHOLARSHIPS

BCAC Scholarship nominations open at the start of the year. Submissions must be made using the online form and reach our office no later than May 31st – April 30th for the Anderson and Harbour Air scholarships.

BC Aviation Council 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, a focus on scholarships is a key priority of the Council.

Students can apply for cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

General criteria are listed below, with additional details listed with individual scholarships. To submit a nomination, you must fill out the nomination form below and select the scholarship(s) you are nominating the individual for. More than one scholarship can be selected in this step.

There are four scholarship categories – pilots, aircraft mechanics (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 in August 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 ongoing support of the scholarship program.

To 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 Michelle Ward Scholarship.

The Anderson Family for funding a $5,000 private pilot award annually since 2014.

To Conair Group Inc for funding a $3,000 annual scholarship for Commercial Pilot training for ten years through 2025.

To Harbour Air Ltd. for funding an annual Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship of approximately 50 hours of instruction, worth about $25,000, through 2019.

To Helijet International for funding a $3,500 annual scholarship for AMEs (2019 and 2020) and IFR (2021) training for five years through 2021.

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. 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 living in British Columbia.
  • It is preferable that the nomination is made by a BCAC member. Many BCAC members are listed on this website.
  • Applications must be received no than May 31st (April 30th for the Anderson and Harbour Air awards) with winners announced in July/August. Awards are presented at the annual Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards.
  • Nominator must attach a signed, detailed narrative summary of the achievements and qualifications of the nominee (200 – 400 words).
  • statement from the nominee 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 – 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.
  • Other letters of recommendation from personal contacts would also be of benefit.

(1) PILOTS

PRIVATE PILOT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship: $5,000
The John Anderson family funds an annual $5,000 scholarship, awarded in July before other scholarships, to a young aspiring BC pilot, aged 16-19. Anderson Scholarship Criteria and Nomination Form

COMMERCIAL PILOT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Al Michaud Memorial Scholarship: $1,000

Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship: $3,000

Michelle Ward Memorial Scholarship: $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 Scholarship

  • 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.

COMMERCIAL / AME / AIRPORT OPS / AIRLINE OPS:

Anne and Rudi Bauer Memorial Scholarship: $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 / PRIVATE PILOT / AME / AIRPORT OPS — SUPPORTING FEMALE APPLICANTS:

Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship: $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:

BC Aviation Council Flight Instructor Training Scholarship: $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.

(2) AVIATION MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING (AME)

Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Scholarship: $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 AME (2019, 2020) and IFR (2021) Training Scholarship: $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.

(3) AIRPORT OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT 

BCAC Airports Committee Airport Operations/Management Training Scholarship: $2,000 x 2

  • 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.

William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Scholarship: $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.

(4) GENERAL

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Ernie Alexander Memorial Scholarship: $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 diploma, degree or certification.

BC Aviation Council “Career” Training Scholarship: $1,000

  • Any recognized aviation 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.

(5) OTHER

The Dave Caddey Memorial Scholarship (deadline October 11th, 2019)

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is proud to present the Dave Caddey Memorial Scholarship, supporting students in their choice of a career in aerospace, space and defence sectors. AIAC is committed to ensuring the long-term success of aerospace in Canada. In establishing this scholarship, AIAC will help Canadian aerospace companies of all sizes to have the resources they need to grow and enhance their competitiveness.

The 2019 Scholarship winner will receive:

  • Financial assistance for their post-secondary education
  • Hotel and travel expenses to travel to Ottawa to attend Summit 2019 — Canada’s premiere aerospace & space conference
  • The opportunity to network and engage with the brightest professionals in the Canadian aerospace and space industries at Summit 2019

How to apply

Interested applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form (PDF)
  • Official transcript from either high school or post-secondary institution from the past two semesters
  • A one-page reference letter from a current or former professor/employer that includes the following:
    • Applicant’s demonstrated and continued commitment to the aerospace, space or defence industries
    • Ways in which the applicant has distinguished him/herself from other employees
    • Reasons indicating why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship
    • Current employer/supervisor contact information
  • A typed essay (500-700 words) that answers the following: What or who inspired you to focus on aerospace or space as a career?
  • Proof of applicant’s enrolment in a Canadian post-secondary institution. One of the following will suffice:
    • Letter of acceptance or conditional letter of acceptance

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

AMEAviation ManagementPilotGeneral

Awards Applied For

Al Michaud Memorial Scholarship- Commercial PilotBCAC Flight Instructor Training ScholarshipAnne and Rudi Bauer Memorial Scholarship - Private PilotMichelle Ward Memorial Scholarship- Commercial PilotHarbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship - Commercial PilotThe Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship - Commercial PilotHelijet IFR Training Scholarship Award - Helicopter OnlyBarry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate ScholarshipBCAC Airports Committee Airport Operations/ Management Training ScholarshipWilliam Templeton Airport Operations Management Training ScholarshipBCAC Career Training ScholarshipAlexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Ernie Alexander Memorial ScholarshipMary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship - Female Only

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 BC Aviation Council for information at 604-278-9330.


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 and the Spring Conference. BCAC maintains an endowment fund and the proceeds from the fund are used to support our scholarship program for deserving students. To date, approximately $300,000 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 one-third of the way there!

There is a growing Human Resources shortage in our province and BCAC is determined to be part of the solution.


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 Mary Swain Memorial Scholarship“ and to the “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 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.

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