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Scholarship for aviation program at Canadian university builds connections
By Diane Philips & Associates
Apr 4, 2018 - 11:41:51 AM

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Bahamian students at Thompson Rivers University where the first Vantage scholarship was provided in 2016.

Nassau, The Bahamas/Moncton, NB - Vantage Airport Group, which manages operations at both Lynden Pindling International Airport and Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, today introduced the Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation.

The new scholarship offers CAD 9,000 to an international student to attend Mount Allison University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and enter the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) Program — a unique undergraduate program that pairs a degree with pilot training.

“This is the second education award established by Vantage and its network airports, and we are so proud to help facilitate the educational journey for Bahamian students studying abroad,” said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO at Nassau Airport Development Company. “Aviation is an essential sector for The Bahamas, and this is an excellent opportunity for a local student to learn about this industry and experience the power of building international connections.”

This scholarship is modelled after the education award established by Vantage in Kamloops, B.C. with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in 2016, which has been presented to two Bahamian students and since sparked interest in TRU from around the Caribbean.

“On behalf of Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport and Vantage Airport Group, we are very excited to launch this scholarship and further invest in our community in recognition of our past CEO Rob Robichaud,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the airport. “Through this scholarship, we are investing in our community and giving a student an opportunity for a Canadian learning experience, while strengthening connections across Vantage’s global network.”

Mount Allison’s Aviation program is offered in partnership with the Moncton Flight College. The Bachelor of Science degree program is one of only a few in Canada that allows students to earn an undergraduate degree that incorporates flight and ground school training. Students focus on subjects relevant to aviation such as geography, mathematics, and physics at Mount Allison; complete ground school training at the Moncton Flight College; and complete more than 200 hours of flight training.

The new Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation is named in honour of the late Edgar (Rob) Robichaud, past CEO of the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, retired RCAF lieutenant-colonel, well-known community leader and past board member for several Moncton-area organizations.

The scholarship is available for the first time in 2018-2019 to a full-time Bahamian student in, or entering, the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) degree program. The scholarship will be awarded to one student per year at a value of $9,000, unless there are two equally ideal and qualified students, in which case two scholarships will be awarded at a value of $4,500 each.

Applicants interested in the Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation can learn more about the program and how to apply at www.mta.ca/apply.
Applicants interested in the Vantage Airport Group International Education Award at TRU can learn more www.tru.ca/truworld.

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