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Youths interested in science or space encouraged to apply for national scholarship

Youths could win one of 20 scholarships worth $1,000
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The newly formed Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Foundation is seeking Canada’s next leaders and explorers in science and space and is offering scholarships to support the educational efforts of these individuals.

Twenty scholarships worth $1,000 each are available to any Canadian youth under age 25 who are either entering or studying in a post-secondary institution or flight school. The money is designed to help students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies or flight training potentially pursue careers in aviation or the aerospace industry.

“We have thousands of brilliant young people in our country who have big dreams. These scholarships are to inspire our students and to meet the rapidly growing demand for skilled people in the private and defence sectors and to be leaders in Canada and the world,” said (retd) Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood, CMM CD, former commander of the RCAF. 

“There are few areas more exciting than science and flight. My career was outstanding, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn and succeed. Our future is now in the hands of Canada’s youth.”

Youths have until Friday, July 16, to submit applications — an essay of 500 words or a two-minute video — for the scholarships. Interested individuals should visit rcaffoundation.ca/portfolio-items/student-scholarship to apply. 

Students will have to choose from one of three categories. The categories are as follows:

  • women entering or already attending any Canadian post-secondary education institution or flight school in the areas of S.T.E.M. education with plans to pursue a career in the Aviation and Aerospace industry;
  • those who identify as Indigenous, visible minority, LGBTQ+, or as a person with disabilities, and are entering or already attending any Canadian post-secondary education institution or flight school in the areas of S.T.E.M. education with plans to pursue a career in the Aviation and Aerospace industry; and
  • students entering or already attending any Canadian post-secondary education institutional or flight school in the areas of S.T.E.M. education with plans to pursue a career in the Aviation and Aerospace industry, whose parents either currently serve, or have retired from, the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The two questions are about the student's career aspirations and visions for their future in the aviation and aerospace industries, and their most important character attribute or personal life experience is and how it will help them make meaningful contributions to their future workplace and community.

“The RCAF Foundation is leading the way to support these young people so they can make a difference in the future of Canada — whether it be in space exploration, Arctic sovereignty or life-changing discoveries,” said Jeremy Diamond, founding CEO of the RCAF Foundation. “We know there are students who crave a challenge and think big and beyond the norm. We want to help them reach for the stars through careers in aviation and aerospace.”

Visit https://rcaffoundation.ca/ for more information about the RCAF Foundation.