Phillip Hawkins (Year 12) wins Minister for Education's Aviation Scholarship
Melville Senior High School student Phillip Hawkins' dream of becoming a pilot has been given a boost after winning the Minister for Education's Aviation Scholarship. The $3000 scholarship is awarded to the most deserving aviation student in a WA public school to contribute to their flying training.
Former pilot Randall Brink is the co-ordinator of Melville SHS's aviation specialist program. He has taught Phillip since he started the program in year 8.“He's probably the youngest student I know that has actually started flying. He tells me he started flying when he was 10 years old and he's doing quite well for himself. Phillip has completed more than 30 hours of flying time.
Mr Brink said 10 per cent of the students that complete the aviation program at Melville SHS go on to become pilots, while others obtain jobs in the industry. “We've got a lot of students in TAFE at the moment that have come from our program and they're excelling because of the background they've done here at this school,” Mr Brink said. Phillip plans on applying for a cadetship with Virgin Australia once he completes year 12.