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Aviator of the Future 2013

The Galway Education Centre are seeking 12 students from County Galway, aged 12-15 to take part in the “Aviator of the Future” programme from July 26th to August 4th, 2013.

These students will fly to The National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, and take part in a special six day residency on board the NFA’s simulated training aircraft carrier, ‘Ambition’.

This is the continuation of the last year’s momentous agreement with the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, USA.

The Aviators of the Future programme aims to create a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) among students in County Galway.

This renewal of the agreement between the Galway Education Centre and The National Flight Academy marks another historic milestone as last year the 12 students from Galway were the very first international students on board the ‘Ambition’

“To be in a position to again offer Irish students an opportunity like this is amazing”, said Bernard Kirk, Director of The Galway Education Centre, “Through our work in the area, we are very aware of the high standards in STEM subjects among our students here in Ireland. We are delighted with the way the partnership has developed over the past year and look forward to working closely with the NFA and TEQ Games @ Universal Studios for a considerable number of years to come”.

Application forms for the Aviators of the Future programme are available to download from Closing date for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday, June 24 th 2013.

For further press information, to request interviews or photography, please contact Galway Education Centre at 091 745600. Email:

Aviators of The Future Scholarships 2013

Galway Education Centre invites applications for scholarships for the second annual Aviator of the Future Programme. The scholarships funded, by Galway Education Centre and the National Fight Academy Pensacola Florida will provide free flights and accommodation for 12 students on the Aviator of the Future Programme.


In 2012 The Galway Education Centre signed a momentous agreement with the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, USA to send 12 school children from Galway aged 12-15 to take part in the inaugural “Aviator of the Future ” programme. For twelve lucky schoolchildren it was the opportunity of a lifetime! They flew to The National Flight Academy in the United States and took part in a special five day residency on board the NFA’s simulated training aircraft carrier, Ambition. Ambition is designed to simulate a modern aircraft carrier with three decks catering for everything from simulation and immersion centre spaces to academic spaces, mess decks and accommodation berthing. The programme is to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills along with critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication. For further information see

Who is eligible to apply?

· All students over 12 years of age and under 16 years of age on August 1st, 2013.

· All students who are full time residents in County Galway on the date of application.

· Students who have a current passport.

· Students who are available to travel between July 26th and August 4th.

· Students who can provide two referees contact details including one from a teacher.

The Committee of the Galway Education Centre may at any stage, seek additional information from individual candidates or referees. The Committee reserve all rights to modify at any time and/or to terminate this scholarship scheme and/or to make whatever decision in regard to the operation of this scholarship scheme that may be required and their determination(s) on all these matter shall be final and there shall be no right to appeal.

How to apply for a scholarship?

Applications are invited from all students living in County Galway and between the ages of 12 and 16 on August 1st 2013 and who meet the eligibility criteria.

Each candidate must submit:

1. A completed application form providing their personal details, his/her educational history, a personal statement and the names and contact details of two referees one of whom must be a teacher.

Application forms can be viewed and printed off from the Galway Education Centre website

2. A two minute YouTube video outlining the reasons they wish to attend and activities he/she has been involved in to date. The YouTube piece must be uploaded to YouTube and set at private. The password to access the YouTube video must be included on the application form in order that the selection Committee can view the video. Instructions are provided in Appendix 1.

Where and when to send completed Application forms?

Applications may be posted or delivered to Galway Education Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark, Galway, by 5:00pm on Monday June 24th, 2013. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the applications are submitted before the deadline.

What are the selection criteria?

The Committee of the Galway Education Centre has established a selection panel for assessing all applications. Significant importance and preference will be given to candidates who display interest and achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. An interest in aviation and/or gaming is not essential. As in 2012 the selection committee will be looking to select ambassadors who will represent Ireland and therefore interpersonal skills, communication skills and evidence of experience of teamwork will rate highly.

However the selection panel will also review and evaluate the merits and eligibility of candidates using several other criteria including;

(1) the candidates’ motivation, disposition and commitment to benefit from scholarship to The National Flight Academy.

(2) the candidates personal statement will bear on their likelihood of success.

(3) feedback from the referees.

The selection panel will prepare a shortlist of candidates and some candidates may be required to attend an interview with the selection panel. The interview will principally focus on the candidates’ application particularly their personal statement and interpersonal skills and the degree to which he/she meets the selection criteria. Candidates to be called for interview will be given two days notice of the place, time and location of the interview.


The decisions of the selection are final and there will be no right of appeal and the selection committee will not enter into any oral or written communication regarding the final selections.