Thursday 19 April 2018

Wanless Family Aviation Scholarship

Ivanhoe Grammar School is currently seeking applications from interested students for the 2018 Wanless Family Aviation Scholarship.

It is with great excitement that we can share with you that the inaugural recipient, current year 11 student, Cooper Simmons gained his pilot’s licence a few weeks ago. Cooper is an Air Force Cadet and has had a passionate interest in aviation for many years. Cooper began his flight training last year and hopes to become a pilot. Aviation is definitely in the genes with Cooper’s father having a successful career as a QANTAS pilot.

Some interesting facts about Cooper:


  • His goal in life is to become an airline pilot
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  • He has a passion for all things aviation and has undertaken: regular flying lessons, sessions in a 737 simulator, Australian Air Force Cadets which includes aviation photography and work experience with an avionics maintenance facility at Essendon airport
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  • In his spare time, he assists with the local CFA Fire Brigade
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  • Cooper enjoys the technical knowledge involved and required for aviation – weather, operational and decision making required to safely achieve flying outcomes
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  • During the Christmas break, Cooper studied for Meteorology and Navigation as part of the training for his Private Pilots Licence
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Cooper and his family are extremely grateful for the scholarship and the opportunity it has allowed Cooper to pursue his career goals. “Thank you to the Wanless family for putting the Aviation Scholarship in place. Aviation is an extremely rewarding career and there is a shortage of pilots within Australia. It is fantastic that a student will be helped in achieving an aviation career through such generosity.”

This scholarship provides $6,000 for flight training with an accredited training course provider and is open to Australian citizens who must be aged at least 16 by the time that the scholarship commences. The successful applicant must utilise the scholarship within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship.

The scholarship will progress the successful candidate through to the General Flying Progress stage of the Private Pilot’s License and provide the opportunity to experience and learn about flying firsthand which could eventually lead to a career in the aviation industry.

Candidates will undergo an interview process with a possible flight review prior to announcing the successful candidate. It is important to remember that awarding of scholarships is merit-based and therefore is competitive.

Applications are now open. For a copy of the application form and for more information please contact

Applications will close on Thursday 3 May 2018.