Bob Young, Jindabyne Aero Club (JAC) President, presented 15 year old Tolina Davis with the JAC $1500 Flight Training Scholarship for 2015. Tolina is enrolled in the aviation program at Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) and is delighted at receiving the scholarship so that she can pursue her dreams in the air as well as in the classroom. The JAC has long supported the need to inspire and excite an interest in aviation amongst local youth. As such, members have for some years voted financial support to the aviation program at SMGS and, more recently, offered scholarships to students either resident or at school in the local area.
The day also coincided with the announcements from RA-Aus of the GYFTS (Giving Young People Flight Training Support) scholarships for 2015. These were established in 2008 with funds collected from RA-Aus members donations. The program has grown with the increase in membership and this year provided 25 scholarships. Michael Monck was very pleased to present one of the ten $2500 scholarships to Toby Mallon, a previous recipient of a JAC scholarship in 2014. Sharon Mallon, Toby's mother, accepted the award on behalf of her son who was unable to attend. Toby will continue his flight training with Alpine Aviation Australia and his instructor, Martin Hughes, and Tolina will commence her course with him on 22 April 2015. Tolina celebrated with a FOC flight over Lake Jindabyne.