The annual Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship has been awarded to Selma Gage, a flight service operative at Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace.
The scholarship is a flying award open for applications from young people of up to 30 years of age who have not previously been awarded any such bursary and covers 75 per cent of the cost of 45 hours for achieving a private pilot’s licence.
The flying for the scholarship takes place at the Cambridge Flying Group, which has notched up 69 years of providing vintage aircraft training, and Selma will be putting this into action soon.
The Coachmakers Aerospace Awards Committee said, “This year’s award has been made to a young lady who has already immersed herself in learning the theory subjects of learning to fly and vintage aerospace. Selma has recently completed many of the PPL theory exams and this award will help her achieve her career goals and support vintage aviation activities.”
Selma Gage said, “First of all a massive thanks to the Coachmakers for this great opportunity! I can't wait to get started! I have always had a passion for aviation but never thought it would be possible for me to get my pilot’s licence. When I first heard about the Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship I sent in an application straight away as it’s such a great opportunity and learning to fly in an icon like the Tiger Moth is truly unique… I would highly recommend any young vintage flight enthusiast out there to look it up and send in an application next year!”
The Coachmakers’ Company is a City of London Livery Company, raising and distributing charitable funds within the aerospace, automotive and coach-making industries and for deserving disadvantaged members of society.