About the scholarship
The COPA New Wings Scholarship helps make flying more accessible and affordable in Canada by providing up to $5,000 towards eligible training costs for an outstanding aspiring pilot, 21 years of age or older, each year.
The scholarship was introduced in 2023 and is generously supported by Diamond Doors.
Apply for the scholarship
See below for eligibility criteria. Applications for the COPA New Wings Scholarship must be submitted between January 4, 2023 and March 1, 2023. All applicants will be notified if their submission was succession within a 45-60 day period after the deadline.
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- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of the application deadline.
- Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Applicants must not at the time of application, been granted any pilot privileges including: Private Pilot’s License, Recreational Pilot License, Ultra Light Pilot Permit or Soaring / Glider License. (Applicants may be the holder of a student pilot permit), and have not completed more than 10 hours of flight training.
- The review committee may consider candidates with more than 10 hours in certain circumstances, particularly where the training has occurred over an extended period.
- Individuals who have been granted any pilot privileges, including, without limitation, a Private Pilots License, Recreational Pilot License, Ultra Light Pilot Permit or a Soaring/Glider License. (Applicants may however be the holder of a student pilot permit).
- Applicants may receive other scholarships and bursaries to assist with their flight training, however applicants who have been awarded the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Power Flying Scholarship, or any other programs that result in a Private Pilot License will not be eligible for the COPA New Wings Scholarship.
- To ensure that as many aviators can benefit, successful applicants from previous years of this scholarship are not eligible to re-apply.
The winning candidate(s) may select the facility at which the flight training is to be taken, subject to the approval of COPA. The training facility shall be a licensed Flying School or educational institute in Canada with facilities satisfactory to COPA and shall agree to the conditions of the scholarship. COPA will pay the Flight Training Unit directly and may disburse funds to cover instructional materials and other course costs at the beginning of training. Candidates must be members of COPA in good standing for the entirety of the training period.
Winning candidates agree to participate in future COPA promotional activities.
Training shall be completed in a reasonable period of time, usually not longer than one year from commencement. In the event the recipient does not make satisfactory progress or does not conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with the intention of the Fund, COPA shall have the right to revoke the award and to cease paying any further costs of training. Progress reports from the training facility will be provided to COPA as required.
Eligible costs of training include the following:
- costs of ground school, including books and required materials for the courses;
- costs of instructor time and training aircraft;
- the direct flight training portion of tuition in programs offered by secondary or post-secondary schools, including colleges and universities.
Costs that are not covered include the following:
- Non flight training tuition costs at secondary or post-secondary schools, including colleges and universities. Those seeking assistance with such costs should apply to the Scholarship and bursary programs usually available through those institutions. (E.g., Scholarships cannot be used to pay any part of the tuition of a college or university program where flight training costs are subsidized).
- Personal meals or transportation to and from the training facility.
- Aviation equipment or supplies which are not required for the program (ex: headsets, flight bags, e-tablets, etc).
Any funds remaining at the conclusion of training will be reinvested in COPA’s Flight Safety Foundation for future scholarship awards.
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The application form will ask the following questions:
- This section will request information on your name, phone number, email address, age, address, and other basic information.
- If selected as a successful applicant, do you agree to provide a photo of yourself, a biography and proof of enrollment in a flight school in order to claim your award? Please note, funds will not be released until these documents are provided.
- Please list all (if any) scholarships you have been awarded to support your flight training.
- Tell us how many (if any) formal flight training hours you have.
- Describe your aviation training to date (if any, including permits or licenses attained), your interest and experience in aviation and any future plans you may have within the sector below.
- How will this scholarship benefit you in achieving your flying goals and/or helping you to meet any financial needs you may have?
- Tell us about your highest education level/scholastic achievement. We encourage you to include any accomplishments to help the selection committee gain an understanding of your drive, ambition, and/or commitment efforts for flight training. These can also include personal achievements outside of school.
- Tell us about what you do for work. We encourage you to include any accomplishments to help the selection committee gain an understanding of your drive, ambition, and/or commitment efforts for flight training. These can also include personal achievements outside of school.
- Please provide a personal summary (minimum 500 words) of any personal attributes and aspirations which make you a competent pilot, an asset to aviation and a worthy recipient of the COPA New Wings Scholarship.
Letters of Recommendation
Please provide two letters of recommendation from two non-relatives in support of your application. Letters should reference your aviation or community work to date. The full name, address and telephone number of each reference are required.