Helicentre to award £60,000 of extra scholarship funds

Helicentre scholarships

Morgan Whiting is a past winner of the Helicentre scholarships and is now flying commercially.

UK-based Helicentre Aviation Academy has introduced a further prize fund of £60,000, consisting of three part-funded scholarships worth £10,000 each, and £30,000 of awards to be given to promising applicants to complete their training and further their careers.

This is addition to the 2017 Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship Programme already announced here.

Head of Training, Captain Sarah Bowen, said, “The standard of this year’s applicants has been so incredibly high we’ve taken the unique decision to create these new part-funded scholarships and awards to recognise and reward the hard work and determination which has been demonstrated by our applicants.

“The current scholarship programme awards just one fully funded CPL(H) scholarship to one lucky winner. However, due to the shortage of industry pilots and knowing funding is the major career stumbling block for the majority of people, we’ve launched these new scholarships and awards to create an affordable route to becoming a professional commercial helicopter pilot for an increasing number of people.

“When you factor these new scholarships and awards on offer with the excellent rates for hour-building at our Florida base, as well as the funding available to any student on our one-of-a-kind BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) degree, the actual cost of training to become a commercial helicopter pilot is significantly reduced.

“Our Scholarship Programme was created to meet the ever-growing demand for commercial pilots and flight instructors, and has proven to be the biggest single investment in the future of our industry that we as a company have made.’

By the end of the 2017 selection process, Helicentre Aviation’s Scholarship Programme will have awarded in excess of £500,000 in professional training since its launch in 2012.

Applications are open until 31 December for Helicentre’s 2018 scholarship programme. Prospective applicants can register their interest, as well as find entry criteria and the online application form here