by Helen Holt
Three young South Cantabrians have been awarded Flying New Zealand scholarships for aviation training.
Rebecca Squire (18) won the Flying New Zealand Waypoints Aviation Young Eagles Scholarship worth $3245 to fund flight training.
She was the first winner announced Monday last week by the Young Eagles programme, out of 31 applicants.
She has been part of the Young Eagles for two years.
For her application she had to submit a personal statement and show evidence of a solo flight.
The Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to South Canterbury flyers Jozef Swallow (15) and Caleb Campbell (17).
The scholarship provides them each $3500 and an Aspeq exam voucher.
These scholarships were announced on Friday.
South Canterbury Aero Club flight instructor Celine Bennison said it was proud three of its members had gained scholarships.
“We’re so proud.
“They’re all very hard-working and well-deserving.”
The club had six Young Eagles programme members, aged 14-18.
The programme teaches about all aspects of aviation careers, including pilot training and maintenance.