Neil Armstrong Scholarship - 2008 Winners



COPA NJA Scholarship 2008 Ab-initio ($7,000)

Katie Gammie, 18, of Fonthill, Ontario

Miss Gammie has been accepted in the Science and Aviation program at the University of Waterloo. Tuition is proving to be a material challenge with her parents currently supporting two older siblings’ university educations.

Miss Gammie is passionate on whatever she undertakes, whether it is academics, sports, the performing arts or work. She maintains an active lifestyle while still finding time to coach soccer, teach dance and volunteer with Big Sisters.

Miss Gammie hopes not just to fly in the sky as a pilot, but above the Earth itself one day as an astronaut. She looks forward to an aviation career that will encompass all her strengths and abilities in a challenging way.

It is a pleasure on behalf of the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Selection Committee to award Katie Gammie the ab-initio scholarship for 2008.


COPA NJA Scholarship 2008 ($3,000)

Alex Cameron, 22, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

“Fascination became a passion and lifelong career goal for Mr. Cameron. Entering the Aviation Program at Sault College in the fall of 2005, Mr. Cameron has subsequently received his private license, night endorsement and is waiting to be signed off on his commercial license.

In 2007, Mr. Cameron was acclaimed the Northern Ontario Regional Champion for the Webster Amateur Pilot Competition. He is a recognized leader, acting in the role Senator within the Student Administrative Council.

Mr. Cameron is currently working towards his multi-engine rating, he has approximately 215 hours of total flight time and is planning to instruct students this summer.


COPA NJA Scholarship 2008 ($2,000)

Logan Fuller, 16, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Flying runs in the family for Mr. Fuller. His father was a bush pilot in northern Canadan where he flew small aircraft and helicopters.

Ever since trying on his dad’s old dusty helicopter helmet as a child, Mr. Fuller has been in love with flying.

Working long and hard in his first summer job last year, Mr. Fuller understands the cost of flight training. He is actively reviewing his possible career paths in aviation, ranging from the ICPC course at Moncton Flight College to a bachelor of business of administration in aviation and operations management degree with the University of New Brunswick Fredericton Campus.

Mr. Fuller’s immediate goal is to become an airline pilot with the ultimate dream of joining the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Corps.

The scholarship fund was established in 1995 following the death of Neil Armstrong, a long-time COPA member, former director, president and contributing writer.

Contributions to the fund are solicited from the Canadian aviation community. Donations can be made to the COPA Flight Safety Foundation Neil Armstrong Fund. A charitable tax receipt will be issued.

The fund is administered by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.