The Royal Aero Club Trust, as part of its Flying for Youth program administers a Bursary Scheme for young people.
50 bursaries were offered in 2016 and the lucky recipients were able to start training in April. Bursaries include The President's Award (two bursaries each worth up to £750), a further bursary worth up to £1,000 (The Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship), the Breitling Bursary also worth up to £750, the MacRobert Trust Bursaries (two bursaries each worth up to £500, and the Bramson Bursary also worth up to £500 as well as a number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates. No applications were received in 2016 from balloon flyers who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.
The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:
The scheme and the bursaries comprise all types of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, light aircraft and the designing, building and flying model aeroplanes.
Applicants for these grants must hold British Citizenship and be permanently resident in UK and aged 14-21 years (Follow-On (Advanced) Bursary - 24 years).
Applications for 2017 bursaries will be available in September 2016 and can downloaded via links on this page.