Bristol Groundschool announces winners of 2013 ATPL Scholarship Programme

Bristol Groundschool, UK and European EASA ATPL distance learning specialist, has officially announced that the winners of the first round for this year’s ATPL Scholarship Programme. The winners are:

  • Tomas Blackman
  • Stephanie Bloxidge
  • Ben Bowker
  • Jordan Cameron
  • Jamie Dickson
  • Paul Ryan
  • Alex Sawday

Winner Stephanie Bloxidge said, “Surprised is an understatement to how I felt when I was short listed for the Bristol Ground School ATPL Scholarship Programme. So, you can imagine my reaction when I found I had been selected! I feel privileged to have been chosen by such diverse figures from the aviation world. I know it’s going to be tough but I can’t wait to start my ATPL studies with Bristol Ground School and fly the flag for the girls!”

Stephanie Bloxidge, Scholarship winner

Stephanie Bloxidge, Scholarship winner

Alex Whittingham, Founder and Head of Training of Bristol Groundschool, explained, “We’re thrilled to have received 293 entries for this first round of the scholarship programme, nearly all of which were from students who have already earned their PPLs and are ready to move on to the next stage of their aviation training going the modular route.

“We’re also very pleased to have such a high calibre of judges on board, some of whom came through Bristol Groundschool for their ATPL training and many of whom are now working with some of the world’s most prestigious airlines and aviation organisations.”

The judging panel for the first round of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL Scholarship Programme 2013 included, Dr Eleanor Ivory (Pilot with leading British airline and CAA Aviation Medical Examiner), Capt Martin Mahoney (Senior VP Flight Training for Emirates Airline), Lee Mears (former England Rugby Union star and Bristol Groudnschool student), Dorothy Pooley (Immediate Past Chairman and Founder of the Professional Flying Instructors Association, Master Elect of GAPAN), Andreas Rosboch (Current Mod 1 Bristol Groundschool ATPL student), Ian Seager (Publisher of FLYER and Pilot Career News) and Graham Stokes (Head of Flight Operations Training & Standards for Virgin Atlantic Airways).

The Bristol Groundschool ATPL Scholarship Programme was launched in early April 2013 in celebration of the school entering its 21st year in business, and was created to directly assist students with a passionate interest in becoming a professional pilot, who are on track towards their ATPL. Throughout the year, Bristol Groundschool will be awarding a total of 21 ATPL theory scholarships, each worth £2,140.

Entries for the first round of the ATPL Scholarship Programme closed on 5 May 2013. The second round of entries is set to open at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition in Leeds on 13 July 2013. The third round is scheduled for October, to coincide with Bristol Groundschool’s participation at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition at London Heathrow. To be eligible to apply, candidates must:

• Be a PPL holder or expect to get their PPL in the coming 12 months

• Be available to commence their course of study with Bristol Groundschool within two years of being selected for the award

• Be eligible to live, work and study in the EU

To submit an application, candidates should visit the Bristol Groundschool website at or look for the Bristol Groundschool page on Facebook for additional information.

Bristol Groundschool will be exhibiting at the Leeds Professional Flight Exhibition on 13 July. Get your tickets here:
Eventbrite - Professional Flight Training Exhibition Leeds 2013