- Tell us more about the your overall scholarship experience.
The scholarship experience has really meant the world to me, because it has opened up a whole new industry network which I never thought I would be able to tap into so quickly. It has also provided me with an opportunity to attend events, where I have been able to meet some of my biggest aviation idols which include but are not limited to Captain Deborah Lawrie and Captain Lisa Norman, these two women have done so much in terms of diversity and inclusion for Aviation in Australia.
Being a National Scholarship winner, has also provided me with the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most influential female pilots in the industry, who have provided me with some great advice. One of my mentors is Captain Rachael Menkins, who I met through WAI, and also had the privilege in being part of the WAI stand at the 2019 Avalon Air show, it was great to see so many young girls and women showing an interest in Aviation. One of my biggest advocates for continuing my studies in Aviation, when it felt like a road uphill, is Tam Camilleri, the former President of WAI – Australian Chapter, who has made me believe that no matter how many challenges we face through Aviation, this goal is worth every bit of sweat, and tears, because the view from the top is amazing.
Photo 3 – Left to Right, Nerita Somers, Captain Lisa Norman and Captain Deborah Lawrie. Photo 4- 2019 Avalon Airshow