TAG Farnborough Airport will grant the scholarship to one person in order to support individuals who may not have the resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
The Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s Aviation to Education program. For more than 10-years, the program has engaged schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.
Last year’s scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Réshé Harrison, said: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with such a fantastic and unique opportunity. The support of the Flying Scholarship has provided me with that vital stepping stone to go on to university to study Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot License and has ultimately given me the chance to make my dreams a reality.”
Mr Harrison was able to become a fully qualified pilot after overcoming the challenge of battling leukemia as a child. He completed his flight training at Redhill Aviation Flight Centre in October 2018, successfully gaining his PPL. Over the past decade, scholarship students have progressed into many professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot.
Brandon O’Reilly, chief executive officer for TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage young people to not only become involved in the world of aviation but also reach their full potential and are extremely proud to support this initiative through our community engagement.”
TAG Farnborough Airport is Europe’s leading business aviation airport, a key gateway to London and the first business aviation airport in the world to be awarded carbon neutral status.
Photo shows left to right: Brandon O’Reilly and Réshé Harrison