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Air Canada announced that the application process for the second annual Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship is now open.
The Judy Cameron Scholarship was established in honour of the airline’s first female pilot with the goal of helping the next generation of women follow in her trailblazing footsteps.
The scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation.
“..Last year, four pilots-in-training benefitted from this scholarship and we look forward to selecting the next honourees..” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada.
“The scholarship is probably the biggest honour in my entire life. Air Canada decided that they would do a $20,000 a year scholarship, to be divided amongst selected applicants who are pursuing a career either as pilots or aircraft maintenance engineers. ..I think it’s gratifying, it’s heartwarming. It makes me very proud,” Captain Judy Cameron said.
Judy Cameron became the first female pilot hired by Air Canada, in April 1978 at the age of 23. She was the first woman to graduate from Selkirk College’s Aviation Technology Program in 1975. Throughout her flying career of 40 years and over 23,000 hours, she has flown the DC-3, Twin Otter, Hawker Siddeley 748, DC-9, Lockheed 1011, Airbus 320, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 to the far corners of the world. She became a captain in 1997 and in 2010, she became the first female captain in Canada of a Boeing 777, the largest aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet. She retired in 2015, received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights award in the Flight Operations category that year, and in 2016 she was chosen by the 99s (International Organization of Women Pilots) to be on its Canadian postage stamp.
This is the second year of Air Canada’s three-year commitment to awarding $20,000 per year for the scholarship.
Applications for the scholarship are open and will be accepted until November 30, 2020. It will be open to all women who are Canadian citizens who have been accepted orare enrolled in a post-secondary aviation flight program or aircraft repair and maintenance program. Those selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by January 18, 2021.