Awards and Scholarships

COPA’s Volunteer Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate an outstanding record of support for aviation in Canada and aid in the promotion, growth and prosperity of aviation in Canada. Awards are presented at the annual general meeting each summer.
COPA Neil J. Armstrong Ab-Initio Scholarship
Are you an aspiring pilot between the ages of 16 and 21? Consider applying for the COPA Neil J. Armstrong Ab-Initio Scholarship that help one (1) young person each year who otherwise would not pursue their passion for flying due to financial constraints earn their Private Pilot’s Licence. The $14,000 award comes with a COPA membership.
COPA New Wings Scholarship
The COPA New Wings Scholarship helps make flying more accessible and affordable in Canada by providing up to $5,000 towards eligible training costs for an outstanding aspiring pilot, 21 years of age or older, each year.
The scholarship was introduced in 2023 and is generously sponsored by Diamond Doors.
COPA Advanced Flight Training Scholarship
The COPA Advanced Flight Training Scholarship promotes Canadian pilot development by providing three (3) annual scholarships to COPA members interested in advanced flight training. These recipients are awarded $2,500 to be used for eligible training costs associated with advanced flight training such as a commercial license, various endorsements or ratings for pilots who already have a PPL.
COPA Drone Pilot Scholarship
COPA believes the sky is for everyone and is committed to supporting safer drone operations. Through the new COPA Drone Pilot Scholarship, three COPA members 18 and older will receive training to obtain their advanced RPAS pilot certificate. The scholarship includes access to RPAS ground school, flight reviews and exam expenses (conditions apply).
Recipients will be chosen based on their involvement and participation in General Aviation activities, events, or organizations.