A Private Pilot's Licence to Start a Career in Aviation
Created by Aetheris Publishing and supported by the book Attagirls and the upcoming feature film, the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship is an initiative to encourage young women to consider a career in aviation and particularly as a pilot. Now in its second season, the scholarship awards training for a full Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) to an individual who has demonstrated an interest in flying as a career.
The scholarship is named after Molly Rose (neé Marshall), the heroine aviatrix whose incredible life story inspired the book and film Attagirls, which are based on her time in the Air Transport Auxiliary (‘ATA’) during World War II.
We are extremely grateful for the support of Marshall of Cambridge which was founded in 1909 by Molly’s father and is a private, family owned group. Marshall of Cambridge provided funding for both the inaugural 2021-22 scholarship and for the current 2023-24 scholarship. Marshall of Cambridge also owns Cambridge Aero Club which was founded in 1930 by Molly Rose’s brother Arthur (later Sir Arthur) Marshall. Cambridge Aero Club is the official training provider for the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship.
We are also grateful for our cooperation with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) who kindly agreed to provided funding towards the inaugural scholarship. The BWPA also assists with the vetting of applications and selection of candidates.
The Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship is overseen by a Board of Trustees whose intention is to develop the initiative in the coming years to offer opportunities in the commercial sector, encouraging more corporate involvement in the world of aviation. The Board is responsible for creating the framework within which the scholarship operates and is collectively responsible for its direction, promotion and oversight, ensuring its long-term success.
Georgia Pescod, Winner of the 2021-22 Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship
"It is an honour to become an Ambassador for the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship and to support an initiative which is close to my heart. I am passionate about inspiring girls to follow their dreams into the aviation industry, an industry in which women are still drastically underrepresented.
Inspiration can come from seeing modern day role models of women in aviation and also from learning of inspirational women such as Molly Rose who was not afraid to embrace opportunities that during her time were exclusively for men. I believe that with support from scholarship programmes like the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship, girls are more likely to believe that becoming a pilot is achievable.
I am excited to be part of the Board of Trustees offering the opportunity to be part of the scholarship management, and which could help support a young lady with the start of her journey to a career as a commercial pilot".
Zoe Cameron, pilot, Virgin Atlantic
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News Release June 2021
Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship Launch