Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, UK

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The hugely popular Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship which launched back in 2007 will reopen for 2019 applicants soon - please refer back for more details.

This unique 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 (press case studies available).  The programme was founded by Cotswold Airport owner, Ronan Harvey, an ex-RAF engineer, aviation expert and successful entrepreneur, 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 generous addition of a sponsorship package from World Fuels.  A new sponsor for 2018, World Fuels is enabling the organisers to include additional aviation industry site visits such as Bristol International Airport; an increased number of loggable flying hours; and drone tuition with on-site UAV Academy.


2018 marks the eleventh year of the Cotswold Airport and has resonance and importance given 2018 also marks the 100th year of the founding of the RAF and the centenary of the end of WWI.  In celebration of these two historic anniversaries, the best performer of this year’s scholarship will be donated a substantial sum towards their PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) at Cotswold Airport, funded by the scholarship programme.

Mr Harvey`s daughter, Suzannah Harvey, CEO of Cotswold Airport said “We are thrilled to be running our Aviation Scholarship programme in what is going to be a very special and significant year in the history of aviation and the military.  The generous sponsorship from World Fuels will make it possible to continue to enhance the programme for all of the youngsters who take part.  I would encourage any young person with an interest in a career in aviation to apply for a place; not only is it a fantastic experience but it really helps the students take their first steps towards what can be a very rewarding career in aviation, whilst allowing them to build contacts and make new friends at the same time.”


The Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship programme runs over two weeks and is packed with informative and educational (not to mention exciting…) site visits to companies such as Rolls Royce and RAF Cosford; and flying in fixed wing, aerobatic and jet aircraft, gliding and helicopters.  An opportunity not to be missed out on…!


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