A Private Pilot's Licence to Start a Career in Aviation
Created by Aetheris Publishing and supported by the new 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. The scholarship awards 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 also owns Cambridge Aero Club which was founded in 1930 by Molly Rose’s brother Arthur (later Sir Arthur) Marshall. Cambridge Aero Club has kindly offered to provide the PPL training for the person awarded the scholarship.
We are also delighted to announce our cooperation with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) who have kindly agreed to provide the £2,500 accommodation, subsistence and travel package for the winning scholarship applicant. The scholarship is therefore the first fully funded initiative of its kind which will provide training to PPL level. The BWPA will also assist with the vetting of applications and selection of candidates.
Said RAF Squadron Leader (rtd) Andy Rawcliffe, Chairman of the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship Board of Trustees: “We are delighted to have an association with the BWPA given that their raison d'être is synonymous with our own; that being to encourage women to consider a career in aviation and particularly as a pilot."
The Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship is managed 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.
"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
"As a child, I would look to the sky before I could even pronounce ‘aeroplane’ and point to the almost magical machines roaring through the sky. Little did I know that almost 20 years later I would not only be flying these machines but also teaching others how to fly them!
It all began in 2012, when I was awarded a place on the Aviation Scholarship at Cotswold Airport which consisted of two weeks introduction to Aviation and Aerospace. This sparked my drive to achieve my pilot’s licence for light aircraft. I attended Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School based in the Cotswolds where I achieved my GCSE’s and, much to my teacher’s dismay, my Private Pilot’s Licence (‘PPL’) too. From there I completed my A-levels and then secured a job with aircraft ground operations. I continued training to achieve my ATPL theory exams and then my Commercial Pilot’s Licence (‘CPL’) and finally my Flying Instructor rating which brings me up to present day. Funding this was not easy and I worked every hour of the day doing a whole host of roles to support myself as much as I could with the help from my family. I look back and I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved.
I’m so pleased to be able to offer my help with the lucky winner of the Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship. Women are still so outnumbered in aviation and so this drive to bring females into the cockpit is a fantastic initiative to be on board with. The scholar will be going through quite an intense and life changing PPL course so I am there to help her with everything she may need; from emotional support to helping with theory. The lucky lady will have a huge road ahead of her and I will be there every step of the way. She will be so proud of herself once she has her Private Pilot’s Licence in her hand, and so will I."
Laura Mayer, flying instructor and BWPA member
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News Release June 2021
Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship Launch