HELPING YOUTH ACHIEVE THEIR AVIATION DREAMS OUR SCHOLARSHIPS
2024 SCHOLARSHIP ENTRIES ARE OPEN!
Flying NZ are delighted to announce that applications for the 2024 Scholarship programme are now open!
This year, we are honoured to be able to bring back the Ross MacPherson and Kirk Samuel Dakers scholarships, and are also honoured to have a new scholarship, supported by the Federation of Air New Zealand Pilots! Thank you to all of our sponsors!
The buttons on the right provide 2024 application-specific information including a link to each application form. This, along with the general T&C's are important to read thoroughly to maximise your chances of winning one of these highly sought-after scholarships!
Applications for each scholarship close at 5 pm on Sunday 14 January, so there is plenty of time to make you you meet the eligibility criteria and put in a great application!
Ross Macpherson was enthusiastic about all aspects of aviation and made a substantial grant to Flying NZ for scholarships shortly after the Young Eagle programme started in New Zealand. The Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarships allows funding for five or more Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarships a year. These scholarships are our longest-running scholarships and are intended to allow young eagles to advance to the next stage in their training.
These scholarships are now funded by our generous industry partners Aspeq, Airways, Gallacher Insurance, the Civil Aviation Authority and in 2023 the New Zealand Aviation Federation.
The value of the Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarships of can vary and they are available each year to Young Eagles who are between 15 and 17 years old on 1 December and who have logged two hours of flight time.
Application opening will be announced on our Young Eagles Facebook page each year, normally towards the end of the year.
NELSON AVIATION COLLEGE
Kirk Samuel Dakers Memorial Scholarship
Kirk was an enthusiastic instructor at the Nelson Aviation College until he became ill and passed away in 2014. In honour of his passion for aviation and instructing each year, one scholarship of $3,000 is available to a lucky Young Eagle.
This scholarship is available to young eagles who are between 15 and 18 years old and is designed to help a keen Young Eagle on their way to achieving their first solo. No previous flight experience is required but scholarship applications are limited to one per Aero Club making this a very competitive scholarship with limited numbers of applications accepted each year. It is up to an Aero Club to decide which Young Eagle they wish to put forward.
Entries opening will be announced at the same time as the Ross MacPherson Memorial Scholarships on our Young Eagles Facebook page.
FEDERATION OF AIR NEW ZEALAND PILOTS SCHOLARSHIP
Federation of Air New Zealand Pilots Scholarship
Funded solely by members, Federation of Air New Zealand Pilots (FANZP) have generously become a sponsor of Flying New Zealand and our work with supporting young people in aviation. Formed in 1990, FANZP is a union that represents the interests of Air New Zealand Pilots and Simulator Instructors. They support their members through negotiating collective employment agreements, protecting career opportunities and providing welfare benefits.
The Federation of Air New Zealand Pilots is very pleased to have the opportunity of partnering with Flying New Zealand to provide this scholarship. FANZP members donated these funds and called on their Union to support the next generation of pilots. We hope this scholarship will help Young Eagles achieve their goals and encourage everyone who is striving towards a flying career.
Offered for the first time in 2024, one $3000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning Young Eagle who has shown dedication and skilfulness through their training. This scholarship will help young eagles complete the more advance lessons in the training syllabus and instrument requirements of a Private Pilot's License.
PAUWELS FLYING SCHOLARSHIP
Pauwels Flying Scholarship
This scholarship is the creation of retired airline captain, John Pauwels. After nearly 50 years flying, nearly 40 of those for Air New Zealand, John wanted to give back to the school that had set him on his way so long ago – Hillmorton High School.
And then he met Anaru. Anaru turned John's attention to equally deserving young people who didn’t attend Hillmorton High School. The Special Award was created for Anaru and awarded to him in 2019. Now, any New Zealand citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 15 and 20 can apply for the Special Award. You can see the full story of the Scholarships continued on their website.
The Scholarships are worth up to $13,000 each in flight hours, PPL theory, and a uniform jacket from the Air New Zealand preferred Flight Training Organisations – NAC, IAANZ, Southern Wings, or Massey Aviation. They are awarded up to 4 times a year.
To see if you may be eligible and for more information, please visit their website:
HELPING YOUTH ACHIEVE THEIR AVIATION DREAMS WANTING TO HELP?
We are always looking for generous members of the aviation community and from industry who wish to help the next generation of aviators achieve their dreams. For more information about scholarship opportunities please contact our Scholarship Coordinator.
SUPPORTING OUR YOUNG EAGLES SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS
Thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom we could not offer this scholarship programme!
WAYPOINTS AVIATION YOUNG EAGLES TEXTBOOK DISCOUNT
Flying New Zealand uses our partnership with Waypoints Aviation to enable our Young Eagles to purchase PPL textbooks from the Waypoints range with a 40% discount. This offer is available to all Young Eagles who are ready to start studying towards their PPL theory requirements and also applies to The Flight Training Manual, an invaluable resource to anyone who is starting out. This allows the next generation of aspiring pilots access to quality learning resources at a significantly discounted rate.
For more information or to order please contact your Young Eagles Coordinator.