A shining example of how a General Aviation airfield can successfully interact with its local community is Cotswold Airport’s annual aviation scholarship scheme, and the 2018 event was held at the Gloucestershire airport last week.
The Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship concluded on Friday 17 August with the official awards presentation, held in Cotswold Airport’s on-site restaurant, AV8.
The scholars for 2018 are:
- Thomas Isherwood, Wiltshire, aged 15
- Adam Cizek, Wiltshire, aged 15
- Marcus Wynne, Gloucestershire, aged 14
- Jonny Canton, Gloucestershire, aged 15
- Riya Deshmukh, Wiltshire, aged 17
- Poppy Romback, Wiltshire, aged 16
- Archie Lane, Wiltshire, aged 17
- Nitish Tamhankar, Wiltshire, aged 15
- Jack Murawa, Bristol, aged 17
- Jamie Barber, Wiltshire, aged 18.
Each scholar was presented with a certificate by the scholarship programme sponsor, World Fuel Services, represented by Mark Atherton, Director and Mark Amor, vice president.
Then one scholar, who had been selected by the organisers based on performance throughout the programme, demonstrating the most improvement, was presented with the Propeller Award. The 2018 Propeller Award went to 15 year-old Adam Cizek, who will receive 5 hours flying tuition with Freedom Aviation as his prize.
This industry scholarship programme has changed the lives of many young people over its ten-year history, seeing scholars embarking on fantastic careers in the world of aviation, from engineering to commercial flying.
The programme was founded by Cotswold Airport owner, Ronan Harvey, who wanted to open up the broad and exciting world of aviation career opportunities to young people from the local area.
The scholarship programme has been significantly enhanced, with the addition of a sponsorship package from World Fuel Services, enabling the organisers to include additional aviation industry site visits and an increased number of loggable flying hours.
Next year’s Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship will reopen for 2019 applicants on Monday 7 January 2019.