The 2018 “Fly the Dream” pilot licence scholarship program, worth $2400, was presented to Matthew Drury from Ancaster ON. Presenting the award at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) 177 Exeter recent Christmas gathering are (L-R): Chris Redfearn, COPA 177 Exeter, Matthew Drury, recipient and Kathy Martin (Mason), Jeremy Mason Memorial Fund.
The 2018 “Fly the Dream” pilot licence scholarship program, sponsored by Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) 177 Exeter and the Jeremy Mason Memorial Fund, in memory of Jeremy’s love of flying, was awarded to 17 year-old Matthew Drury, from Ancaster Ontario. The $2400 bursary provides assistance to a worthy young person to help with the cost of earning a Recreational or Private Pilot Licence. Matthew is currently in Grade 12 and has over 200 volunteer hours since the beginning of high school, mainly coaching various teams, helping the Rotary Club of Ancaster and as an official scorekeeper for Little League Baseball. He is an active member on sports teams at his high school and community. His 5 month co-op placement term in Aerospace and Aviation was at Jetport Inc. at Hamilton International Airport (CYHM). Future goals include a degree in Aerospace engineering and getting his Private Pilot Licence (PPL). He plans to start his training this spring at the Brantford Flying Club.
This is the fourth year that the Scholarship has been awarded. Training for a Transport Canada pilot licence can begin at the age of 14, with the potential to be fully licenced as a recreational pilot by age 16. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) 177 Exeter and the Jeremy Mason Memorial Fund, through the “Fly the Dream” Scholarship Committee, is actively looking to financially support local youth who are interested in aviation. Any youth between the ages of 14 to their 21st birthday who have ever dreamed of flying an airplane are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on the scholarship please visit copaexeter.ca.