The Guild Flying Scholarship Programme
The Guild flying scholarships provide a unique opportunity for people who would like to become pilots or to further their qualifications as pilots. In 2011 we made some quite substantial changes to the administration of these scholarships in order to avoid school/university examination times and also to provide candidates with an additional month of potential good weather to complete their training.
The future timetable for the scholarship programme will be as follows: Application forms were available from this page from January 2013 through to March for PPL (A), FIR(A),and the Gliding Scholarships (all subject to availability in a given year), interviews (where applicable) will be during the week commencing 29 April and will be held in the Guild offices in London. Training in each instance MUST be completed by the first week of October in the year of award; candidates should be aware that this demands a very high level of commitment during the summer months and if offered a scholarship, the Guild will expect the receipient to meet this commitment.
In addition to flying scholarships funded directly by the Guild or one of its Charitable Trusts, each year the Guild is fortunate to receive generous sponsorship from several sources to fund flying scholarships which are administered by the Guild. In 2012, the following generously provided funding for scholarships:
Past Master Mike Grayburn - funding for one PPL scholarship
The Cadogan Charitable Trust - funding for one PPL scholarship
The family and friends of George Dobson who have generously contributed to the "George Dobson Memorial Scholarship"
Sir Adrian Swire - funding for one FIR (A) scholarship
CATS (Luton) - provision of on ATPL Ground School Course
EPST (Netherlands) - provision of two JOC scholarships
PPL Scholarship (Fixed Wing) (Applications closed 13 March 2013)
These scholarships cover all aspects of training up to licence issue for a candidate who is prepared to dedicate a considerable part of the summer to gaining their PPL. Providing up to 45 hours of flying, these scholarships can take a candidate with little or no experience to completion of their flying licence during the course of the summer, alternatively they can "finish off" someone who is already partially trained. The scholarships are awarded entirely on merit as evidenced on the completed application form and as assessed by a selection committee appointed by the Guild. The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 March and the interviews will be held in London on 29 and 30 April 2013. Candidates must be 17 or over on 1 June of the year of application. The course must be completed during summer of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.
All candidates should be aware that the scholarships only cover the cost of flying training and licence issue, no provision is made for transport, accommodation, subsistence etc.
Nearly 400 applications have been received for the PPL Scholarship and the selection process has now commenced
Newsflash Friday 12 April 13.15hrs: The 12 candidates who have been invited for interview have been sent emails today confirming date and time of their interviews. If you have not received an email today inviting you to interview you should assume your application has been unsuccessful. Confirmation of this will be sent to each candidate in the latter part of next week - this will take some time.
The Guild Young Members (GYM) group (click on the link to find out more) are changing to format of their Gliding Scholarship for this year, no longer a residential course, so now on offer to anyone over the age of 14 to fly at a a school of their choice (subject of Guild approval) to first solo.
For information, the successful candidates from 2012 are listed at this link
Sixty applications have been received and the selection process has now commenced.
The Scholarship award covers all direct training and examination costs for the successful candidate as they achieve their Fixed Wing Flying Instructor Certificate. Please refer to page one of the application form for eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the scholarship. The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 March and interviews will be held in London on 13 May 2013. Training must be completed during the summer of the award.
Fifty applications have been received and the selection process has now commenced.
CATS (Luton) again generously offered to provide access to their online study package for one person committed to gaining their ATPL through the Modular Route. Closing date for receipt of applications will be 24 May 2013. Details of CATS Aviation can be found at www.catsaviation.com/atpl The Scholarship Winner must register to commence training by 1 August 2013 and the candidates should be aware that training must be completed within 18 months of commencement.
Click here for the The ATPL Ground School Scholarship 2013 Application Form.
In association with European Pilot Selection & Training (EPST), the Netherlands based developer of pilot selection tools and ab-initio pilot selector, the Guild is pleased to offer two Jet Orientation Course scholarships. This course is specifically designed to prepare newly qualified professional pilots for employment with an airline. The course is not type specific. Pilots who have completed the EPST Airline Jet Foundation course (AJFC) have proved to be well regarded by potential employers.
click here for the The Jet Orientation Course Scholarship 2013 Application Form
Louise Iveson and Cameron Brown were the winners of the scholarship for the year 2012 and have recently completed their training with EPST in the Netherlands, both finding it a hugely enjoyable and valuable experience - click on their names to download their reports.
Scholarship Winners 2012
On Thursday 15 November 2012, scholarship and bursary winners assembled with their families and friends at Cutlers' Hall in the City of London for the scholarship award ceremony; a chance for the newest members of the Guild to meet with the Court of the Guild and share their experiences during the summer.
Pictured here, from left to right:
Sebastian Krzyzewski - Cadogan PPL, Megan Foley - George Dobson Memorial PPL, Will Hardy - Guild (GCT) PPL, Duncan MacDonald - Swire FI, Gary Hutchinson - Guild (GCT) FI, The IPM, Captain Wally Epton, Mark Green - Norman Motley FI, Tobias Radke – GYM Gliding, Cameron Brown – JOC, Louise Iveson JOC, Thomas Dean – CATS Groundschool Scholarship, Dean Foulds - IR Bursary
Unable to be with us on the evening: Antony Ellams (MEI Instructor Bursary) Connor Richardson (GYM Gliding), Thomas Atkinson (IR Bursary), Thomas Baldock (Grayburn PPL)
Sebastian Krzyzewski also won the Landymore Trophy for best PPL Scholar