ABOVE: Only 6% of pilots are women, explains the scholarship’s provider

The second annual Attagirls Molly Rose Pilot Scholarship – created by Paul Olavesen-Stabb of Aetheris Films and funded by Marshall of Cambridge – has been awarded to 17 year old Amelia Richardson from Buckinghamshire, who will receive full pilot training at the Cambridge Aero Club this summer.

“The scholarship is the only one of its kind in the UK and a great opportunity for a young woman to gain her PPL in a short period of time,” explained Olaveen-Staab, whose Attagirls novel tells the story of the female members of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the second world war – including Molly Rose, the real-life ATA heroine. “With the publication of the book ‘Attagirls’ and the planned feature film, we were determined that there should be a legacy”. He added his gratitude that the sponsorship continues to be financially supported by Molly Rose’s family business,  Marshall of Cambridge.

Amelia Richardson is a 17 year old glider pilot and aviation advocate, who will now continue to inspire others through her role as Teen Attagirls Ambassador for the international Attagirls club. She went solo in a glider at 14 and achieved her Basic Instructor rating three months after her 16th birthday, and hopes to achieve the Aerobatic Sports badge at RAF Shawbury Gliding Club before a career in the RAF.

Describing the award as a huge honour, Richarson explained: “It really is a fantastic leap towards achieving my career aspirations as a flight instructor, a taste of which I’ve had since becoming a basic gliding instructor just over a year ago. Thank you to everyone for supporting me”.

Christopher Walkinshaw DL, Director of External Relations and Communications at Marshall of Cambridge, concluded that “Amelia is clearly a passionate and talented young aviator who has already achieved a great deal,” extending the Marshall team’s enthusiasm in continuing to watch her career progress.

Last year’s scholarship winner, Georgia Pescod, is now enrolled in commercial flying school.

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