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Scholarships and Awards

The RAF Charitable Trust is developing a number of Scholarships and Awards open to serving airman, cadets and members of the wider RAF family. Over the next two years these opportunities will be developed and more schemes will be announced.


The Paul Bowen Award
Recognises the co-founder of the Royal International Air Tattoo and his 33 years of dynamic leadership of the event.

An annual prize of £15,000, with a runner up prize of £10,000, awarded to RAF University Air Squadrons who submit a submission for an adventurous training or leadership development expedition that, in the opinion of the RAFCT Judging Panel, demonstrates the best spirit of adventure, enterprise and challenge.

The Judging Panel will comprise AVM Chris Davison, Air Cdre Andy Sudlow, Mr Guy Bowen and the Director of the RAF Charitable Trust.

How to apply: For more information contact the Trust Director; moc/tcfar//rotcerid-tsurt


The Tim Prince Flying Scholarship
Recognises the co-founder of the Royal International Air Tattoo and his 43 years of dynamic leadership of the event.

An annual scholarship in The Flying Scholarships for Disabled People scheme awarded to an individual who has served in the Royal Air Force or who is a dependant or a member of the wider RAF family

How to apply: For more information please visit fsfdp.org.uk 


The Air Commodore David Bywater Flying Scholarship 
Recognises this exceptional test pilot of 30 years experience and his contribution over 23 years as a vice president of RIAT and Non-Executive Director of RAFCTE.

An annual scholarship in The Flying Scholarships for Disabled People scheme awarded to an individual who has served in the Royal Air Force or who is a dependant or a member of the wider RAF family

How to apply: For more information please visit fsfdp.org.uk 


The Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarships
Recognises this exceptional aviator's vision and determination in establishing the Royal Force Charitable Trust and his exceptional leadership during its first 3 years as Chairman of Trustees.

Ten flying scholarships leading to the award of a Private Pilot's Licence for Air Cadets who, in the opinion of the Commandant Air Cadets, display the most promise for a successful career in aviation

How to apply: For more information contact the Trust Director; moc/tcfar//rotcerid-tsurt


The Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire Gliding Scholarships
Recognises 6 years of leadership as Chairman of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust

An annually awarded package of glider flying training provided to airmen undergoing Phase 2 training at No 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Cosford

How to apply: For more information contact the Trust Director; moc/tcfar//rotcerid-tsurt


The RAF Charitable Trust and RAF Flying Clubs' Association Junior Ranks' Pilot Scholarship Scheme
Recognises the importance of engendering the spirit of aviation into RAF junior ranks and the important leadership and personal development that the discipline of learning to fly promotes in young people

24 annually awarded opportunities to learn to fly to first solo standard for junior members of the RAF (corporal and below) aged 25 years old and under of which the 6 most promising will go on to Private Pilot's Licence. 

How to apply: For more information visit JRFLY.co.uk 


The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Flying Excellence Trophy
Recognises the leading role played by the Air Cadet Organisation and the Combined Cadet Forces (Air) in advancing airmindedness in the aviation youth organisations in the United Kingdom

A trophy awarded annually  to an Air Cadet or CCF(Air) Cadet, selected by the Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation, which recognises excellence in flying skills, leadership and all round contribution to the efficiency of their Unit. The Trophy is accompanied by a financial award of up to £6000 to be used for furthering the individual's flying qualifications."

How to apply: For more information contact the Trust Director; moc/tcfar//rotcerid-tsurt


The Fred Crawley Aerospace Engineering Education Bursary
Recognises Fred Crawley's 33 years of support to RIAT, initially 11 years as a sponsor, 16 years as Hon Treasurer and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, but ultimately 5 years as an RAF Charitable Trust Trustee and Chairman of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises

Five annually awarded bursaries for 6th Form Scholars, with potential follow on into University Years, for scholars with a demonstrated interest in and an ability to pursue an aerospace engineering (or related discipline) or an aviation or RAF career, but whose family circumstances limit their ability to pursue their education. The bursaries are administered on behalf of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.

How to apply: For more information please visit www.arkwright.org.uk

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