Neil Armstrong Scholarship winners




Patrick Crawford, 17, of Kamloops, British Columbia

Mr. Crawford has always had an intense desire to fly the skies. While having no formal flight training, he has been fortunate to have family friends who have their pilot’s license and has taken to the skies with them on a number of occasions.

While considering pursuing flight training through Royal Canadian Air Cadets, several remarkable opportunities presented themselves that conflicted with the program. Notably the leadership and academic program called Shad Valley at the Université Laval, and Students on Ice Arctic Expedition in 2008.

Following his older siblings, Mr. Crawford plans to attend University studying environmental and business courses at either McGill or Ottawa University.

Subsequent to an undergraduate degree, he hopes to work towards his PhD.

Mr. Crawford intends on making flying integral to his career, with plans on using his pilot’s license to study snowpack and other factors in the Arctic.

It is the COPA Neil Armstrong Scholarship Selection Committee’s pleasure to award Mr. Patrick Crawford the ab-initio scholarship for 2009.




Adelinde Grobler, 20, of Headingley, Manitoba

Ms. Grobler also has an intense desire, a desire to make the cockpit her work office. Hard work, from volunteering, aviation employment to schooling, has all contributed to her becoming a more capable pilot.

At time of application, Ms. Grobler has completed 4.2 hours of dual in a Cessna 152 as well as 33 hours of ground school. Finding that airlines often have a post secondary education requirement, Ms. Grobler is attending the University of Winnipeg. In her own words, her journey into the field of aviation has barely started, but the adventure began long ago.

The Selection Committee awards this scholarship in hopes of aiding in the accomplishment and enrichment of Ms. Grobler’s dreams as a pilot.




Emily Alligood, 15, of Mississauga, Ontario

Ms. Alligood is pursuing a dream of flying through much motivation, effort and persistence. Fifteen years old at time of application, Ms Alligood has accumulated approximately 25 hours on a Cessna 152.

Work and volunteering can be demanding. While those commitments can cause stress, Ms. Alligood believes that in the end it is quite worth it to have served her community and come closer to achieving her dream of being a pilot.

Ms. Alligood is currently looking into various aviation based college and university programs with the goal to ultimately fly commercial airlines for a career. The Selection Committee congratulates Ms. Alligood.