Neil Armstrong Scholarship - 2007 Winners



Therese Layton, 18, of Edmonton, Alberta

Although Miss Layton has not accumulated any aviation training to date, she is active in researching Flight Schools and Post secondary programs to commence training. Current plans include enrolment in the Airline and Flight Operations Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Growing up in a family of four siblings with extenuating financial circumstances, tuition has proven to be a significant hurdle.

Miss Layton’s three passions of community involvement, school spirit and aviation are very much evident. Whether it is her role of ski coach at Snow Valley, her role as Student Council President or her current pursuit of an aviation based career.

Miss Layton’s long-term goal is to be a pilot with a Commercial Airline. It is a pleasure on behalf of the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Selection Committee to award Miss Therese Layton as the ab-initio scholarship winner for 2007.



David Rancourt, 21, Grand-Mere, Quebec.

Ever since having received a radio controlled airplane for his 14th birthday, Mr. Rancourt has wanted to master flight in one form or another. Through Air Cadets he obtained both his Glider and Private Pilot license while achieving the highest grade average in Quebec for each respectively.

As an instructor for the Air Cadets or promoter of Young Eagles, he is active in both his community and specifically aviation. Mr. Rancourt wishes to pursue his twin engine endorsement and IFR rating along with a degree in aeronautical engineering.



Curtis Hillman, 17, of Nanaimo, British Columbia

Flying has been a family affair for Mr. Hillman. His grandfather was in the Air Force and his father was an Aircraft Mechanic. Mr. Hillman has completed both his Private Pilot’s and Glider’s licenses. He intends on completing a Business Degree in Aviation from the University College of the Fraser Valley in conjunction with Coastal Pacific Aviation to earn a commercial and flight instructor rating.

Having chosen to make a career out of flying, Mr. Hillman has accumulated a total of 73.7 hours at time of application.