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The Air League awards over £120,000 in aviation scholarships and bursaries

The Air League trust is delighted to announce the names of the individuals who have been awarded flying, gliding, and engineering scholarships and bursaries in 2021.

The Air League aims to inspire, enable, and support the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals from any background across the United Kingdom, and over the past decade, scholarships worth over £2 million have been allocated. In 2021, over 90 awards worth over £120,000 have been allocated to aspiring individuals throughout the entire UK.

The Air League is deeply indebted to the sponsors of the scholarships and bursaries who generously provide continuing support for the flying and engineering awards. The important air education work of the Trust and its mission to change lives through aviation would not be possible without this support.

In 2021 seven scholarships in total have been awarded (one full PPL and six additional 5-hour scholarships) to current or past of members of the Air Training Corps to commemorate the seven decades of Patronage the Duke of Edinburgh bestowed to the Air League.

The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship was established in 2002 following a fundraising banquet held at Mansion House to mark 50 years of Patronage for the Duke of Edinburgh. The Scholarship is awarded to a previous flying scholar who has displayed outstanding potential and allows the individual who is member of the Air Training Corps and who also holds a Duke of Edinburgh Award to achieve their full private pilot’s licence.

The Air League has awarded the 2021 full PPL Prince Philip Flying Scholarship to Venessa Njoki.

Venessa was born in Kenya and moved to the UK aged 7. She attended 393 (Finchley) Sqn RAF Air Cadets for five years where she completed her Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Coincidentally, in 2016 aged 15 she attended the Air League’s Annual Reception and was part of the contingent of cadets, along with the then Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Andrew Pulford and Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty to collect the Air League’s Founders’ Medal from the Duke of Edinburgh, which was awarded to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, in recognition of its 75 years of service.

In 2020, she aged out as a Cadet Warrant Officer and was subsequently commissioned to continue her adult service as a Pilot Officer, where she is also a D of E assessor. She is currently working as a health care assistant and is planning a career within aviation or aerospace.

2021 Flying Scholarships 
  
Sponsor or AwardRecipient
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship  Full PPLVenessa Njoki
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourJames Jarman
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourCharlotte Cropper
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourAlec Baldwin
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourChad Davies
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourSuraj Chavda
The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship 5 hourTabitha Shaw
In memory of Sir James MartinTim Hepinstall
In memory of Sir Adrian SwireAamina Bhutta
In memory of Sir Adrian SwireJonathan Rosser
In memory of Sir Adrian SwireGary Shaw
In memory of Sir Adrian SwireMegan Addington
The Swire Charitable TrustAlfie Rayner
The Swire Charitable TrustEmily Neat
The Swire Charitable TrustGurpal Dosanjh
The Swire Charitable TrustRebecca Dickinson
The Swire Charitable TrustBen Jones 
The Swire Charitable TrustEmily Wharton
The Swire Charitable TrustMatt Sturdy
The Swire Charitable TrustAlisha Jiwa
The Swire Charitable TrustMichael Merritt
The Swire Charitable TrustEmmaline Haywood
The MacRobert TrustClementine King
The MacRobert TrustLynden Nicely
The MacRobert TrustJoshua Nichols
The MacRobert TrustTaylor MacMartin
Lady Agnes HumphreyLucy Dakin-Scott
Lady Agnes HumphreyJordan Hazrati
Lady Agnes HumphreyLily Ayres
CA BarnesAngela Donnelly
CA BarnesCallum Doak
CA BarnesHarry Eagleson
In memory of Sir Arthur MarshallWilliam Rumsby
In memory of Sir Arthur MarshallRohan Chotai
Sky Demon Tom Cracknell
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamEmma Keogh
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamEleanor Jackson
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamHolly Harris
The Colin Bates Memorial ScholarshipWendy Hau
R KronfieldTalya Atkins
  
2021 Flying Bursaries 
  
Sponsor or AwardRecipient
Airbus UK – The Ed Strongman BursaryGemma Jeffries
Airbus UK – The Ed Strongman BursaryElainor Carter
R KronfieldAshleigh Duggan
R KronfieldLillian Marsh
Keith MansDaisy Bing
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamSamantha Waller
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamAlishia Bateman
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamLara Greggs
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamMomain Ahmad
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamJames David Marshall
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamGeorge French
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamReshe Harrison
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamFahim Ahmed
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamEdward Pinnegar
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamLochlann Allison
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamHarry Karmel
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamRachel Calvert
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamBenjamin Heenan
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamKirsten Gallagher
In memory of Sir Michael CobhamAlex Blundell
  
2021 Gliding Scholars 
  
Sponsor or AwardRecipient
Boeing UKMilan Gandhi
Boeing UKElijah Heyns
Boeing UKAbbie Haylock
Boeing UKKhalid Aziz
Boeing UKCaitlin Ryan
Forbes Insurance Oliver Osborne
The Air League TrustPeter Doherty 
The Air League TrustChloe Kaczvinsky
The Air League TrustJack Raybould
The Air League TrustSam Joshi
The Air League TrustFinn Hayes
The Air League TrustKathleen Wilkinson
  
2021 Engineering Scholars 
  
Sponsor or AwardRecipient
Marshall of CambridgeMatthew Peacock
Marshall of CambridgeMaxwell Semple
Booker Aviation Aaliyah Lockitt
Booker Aviation Georgina Horwich
The Aviation Focus GroupQaasim Suleman
The Aviation Focus GroupImafi Idemudia
The Aviation Focus GroupShabani Rashidi
The Aviation Focus GroupEric Sanders
The Aviation Focus GroupJacob McCarthy

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