Air Cadet League of Canada
National Education Scholarships

The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to offer the following post-secondary education scholarships to Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Birchall Scholarship

Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall, CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD, LL.D, D.Sc.M, and Mrs. Kathleen Birchall, have been long-time generous supporters of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet movement across Canada, but especially of Air Cadets enrolled in squadrons of the “Birchall Wing” in the Eastern Ontario Area. The amount of the award will be determined annually, and it will be dependent upon the earnings of the investment trust. Last year the award consisted of a $9,000 scholarship.

Dale Scholarship

Robert Gordon Dale, DSO, DFC, CD, and Mrs. Mary Dale, have given exceptional service to Canada in times of both war and peace. This has been especially so in their support of Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Robert Dale served as the National President of the Air Cadet League of Canada in 1972-1973, and as the Honorary President of the Air Cadet League of Canada from 1983 to 2013.

The amount of the award will be determined annually, and it will be dependent upon the earnings of the investment trust. Last year the award consisted of a $5,000 scholarship.

Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship

The fundamental purpose and goal of The Young Citizens Foundation is to assist young Canadians to grow and mature as committed, knowledgeable and contributing Canadian citizens. The Foundation will pursue this objective by assisting young Canadians to join or participate in qualified citizenship development programs as operated by nationally recognized organizations that provide life-learning experiences and opportunities for young persons which will significantly influence and benefit their development and education as caring Canadian citizens.

The Young Citizens Foundation recognizes the outstanding success achieved by the Air Cadet League in fostering the citizenship development of Young Canadians. As such, the Foundation wishes to support the League by providing a University/College entrance scholarship ( After High-School or Secondaire V only) award to a deserving Air Cadet. The award shall be known as “The Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship Award”. The Foundation’s goals are to promote the Air Cadet Program, to encourage young Canadians to join the Air Cadets and to enable worthy Cadets to pursue a post-secondary education so that they have the opportunity to become future leaders in our country. The award consists of a $5,000 scholarship.

Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering

Presented in recognition of Gerald Gilroy’s generous contribution made to the Air Cadet League of Canada, in trust, for the annual National Educational Scholarship that will be known as the “Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering”. Students must be entering directly into a full time program of study in the field of engineering. The award consists of a $2,000 scholarship.

Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarships

The purpose and goal of the Foundation of the Air Cadet League of Canada is to support, promote, and help with the administration of the youth development, educational activities and programs of the Air Cadet League of Canada and its provincial and territorial components and of its squadron sponsoring committees. The applicant must have completed high school and enrolled in a college or CEGEP technical program or in a vocational program of at least 6 months at a recognized educational institution or be deemed a full-time student even if studying part-time. The awards consist of three $1,000 Scholarships.

Jazz Scholarships

  1. The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism. Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP-affiliated aviation program for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3,000 scholarship.
  2. The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity. Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP affiliated aviation program who has self-identified as aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority or female; for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3,000 scholarship.

The Jazz APP program is offered through affiliated schools. All Cadets who have graduated from the Power program and meet the eligibility requirements can apply for the Jazz Aviation Pathways award for Professionalism. Any Cadet who has graduated from the Power program and identifies themselves in one of the categories of aboriginal, a person with disability, a visible minority, or female can apply for the Jazz Aviation Pathways award for Professionalism and diversity. The National Education Scholarship Committee will review all applications and may consider Cadets applying to the second award as candidates for the first award if warranted. Award recipients will meet with Jazz representatives during a visit to the Jazz training facility.


General Information

  • All scholarships are open to students, pursuing their post-secondary education, and who are members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets on April 1st during the year of application. Scholarships are awarded based on school scholastic achievement, combined with outstanding performance as an Air Cadet. All applicants will be considered for the Birchall, Dale, and Young Citizen’s awards, while cadets who indicate that they will be attending one of the Jazz APP programs and have completed the power pilot program, will also be considered for the Jazz Scholarships. Applicants that have indicated that they will be enrolled in an Engineering Program will also be considered for the Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering. Applicants indicating that they will be entering a vocational training program or a technical program will also be considered for the Air Cadet League Foundation Scholarships.
  • Applicants must be graduates of the secondary school system (or equivalent) or already be registered at a university, college, CEGEP, technical institute or vocational program of any Province or Territory, in the year of application, and who are entering directly or continuing into a full program of studies at a fully-accredited post-secondary education facility (university, college, cegep, technical institute or vocational program) where the program undertaken leads to a degree, diploma, or professional or technical qualification.
  • Applications and supporting documents for all National Education Scholarships must be received in digital form, (one PDF file), no later than April 1st 2020 at the National Office of the Air Cadet League of Canada, The email should be titled beginning with National Education Scholarships your surname and first name such as: National Education Scholarships 2020 Jones Fred.
  • A scholarship will not be awarded until confirmation of proof of acceptance and registration at the selected post-secondary education facility has been received. In this regard, it should be noted that such proof is not required at the time of application, but that it will be required from the selected recipients as soon as possible after that determination has been made.
  • The educational portion of the evaluation will be based on high school or Secondaire V latest marks even if you are already at your first or second year of post-secondary education . The latest marks in the core subjects (Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Science) areas must be included on the transcript.

The National Scholarship Committee, comprised of members of the National Advisory Council (past National Presidents), will consider all eligible candidates. The Chairperson of the Committee will announce the names of the recipients of the National Education Scholarships at the Annual General Meeting of the Air Cadet League.

Payment to the Education Institution, towards tuition, will be send once all requirements have been satisfied.

Following selection, the recipient may be requested to provide a photograph or digital image (in uniform) for purposes of publicity.

Note: The National Scholarship Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of any of the scholarships if the academic standing of candidates is not sufficiently high.

Cadets will receive a T4A income tax form.

Note: A Cadet may receive a maximum of one of the following scholarship or awards at any time. The Air Cadet League National Education Scholarship, and the Continuation Flying Training Awards (CFTA).

Information to be provided in digital form (one PDF file):

  • A completed application form; ( ACC64EN )
  • A statement of approximately 300 words outlining your career goals and objectives. Explain why you wish to attend the institution you have chosen, and what benefits you will gain from post-secondary education;
  • A letter of recommendation from your Squadron’s Commanding Officer;
  • A letter of support from the Chairperson of your Squadron’s Sponsoring Committee;
  • Any other recommendations will be considered. i.e. School Principal, Department Head, or Counselor;
  • A copy of the most recently available Transcript of Marks from either the High School, or from the Ministry of Education. For Québec Cadets – Secondary 5 Transcript.

All complete forms must be received by the Air Cadet League no later than April 1st, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact the Air Cadet League at

“The Air Cadet League of Canada envisions the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as Canada’s premier and a world class youth development movement. Being attuned to societal changes, it strives diligently to be a totally dedicated, proactive and innovative partner to encourage and enhance the development of well adjusted, civic minded youth to undertake leadership roles in a great Canada and a better world.”

Air Cadet League of Canada

former air cadets say...

Royal Canadian Air Cadet alumni have gone on to some very prominent and exciting careers. Here are words from just a few:

I dreamed of spaceflight. Watching the first humans leave our Earth to walk on another planet was a young boy’s dream, ignited. I thus clearly knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea how to get myself there. So I did some research. When I looked at what space explorers knew, I saw that they were aviators, engineers and test pilots. Growing up as a farm boy that looked great to me, but I needed to learn how airplanes worked, and how to fly. The Milton 820 RCAC Squadron had recently formed, so I joined and grew up with them from 1973-1977. The lessons I learned there I still draw upon daily: self-discipline, teamwork, technical competence, flying, and leadership. To be able to command the International Space Station in 2012/13, I know full well that it was the Air Cadet experience that allowed me to fly so high. Per Ardua ad Astra! (820 Chris Hadfield Squadron 1973-1977)

Col Chris Hadfield – Canadian Space Agency (First Canadian to walk in space)

Being part of 630 Beauport Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a teenager, provided me an excellent foundation for my career in aviation and with the Canadian Forces. I had the chance to be initiated to flying, learn about leadership, discipline, and aviation. Taking part in the various activities and participating in the summer camps gave me the opportunity to develop skills and personality traits that are required and used everyday in my present career: interpersonal skills, public speaking, reliability, discipline, and assertiveness. I was positively influenced by the friends I made and the mentors I had early on with the Air Cadets. The six years I spent with the organization certainly gave me the tools to attack life head on and work hard. (630 Beauport Squadron 1984-1990)

LCol Maryse Carmichael – Commanding Officer: Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Air Cadet program played a significant role in the achievement of my life’s goals and dreams. As a young boy I had a passion to fly and an interest in the military. Thus, it seemed a natural fit that I should join 614 RCAC Squadron in London Ontario at the age of 12. My time spent with Air Cadets was nothing short of tremendous. It was filled with many challenges and fantastic rewards, and its focus was much broader than the flying and military experience I expected. The program has something to offer for all of Canada’s youth. The highlights for me were the flying scholarships and the friendships. It would be many years later, upon further reflection, that I would truly come to realize the full extent of what the program had given to me. The leadership experiences and the challenge of flying had given me a boost of self-confidence and the courage to set an ambitious course for my life. I’ve never looked back. There are few certainties in life, but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that I would not be where I am today, were it not for the Air Cadet program. For that, I am most grateful. I take a piece of the Air Cadet program with me everywhere I go, and I look forward to taking it to space one day in the future! (614 Forest City Squadron 1988-1994)

Maj Jeremy Hansen – Canadian Space Agency

From a very early age, I had a strong interest in flying and learning everything I could about aviation. In 1984, with my family’s encouragement, I joined 132 Spitfire Squadron in Brampton and spent six excellent years as a cadet, followed by five years as an officer. I fondly remember all the camping trips, tours, summer camps, and parade nights that taught me the self discipline, leadership, and teamwork that have been vital to my success as an airline pilot and professor. I had so much fun learning the skills that I would eventually use every day in my career. I had no idea at the time how much my time with the Air Cadets would shape my future. I owe the Air Cadets a debt of gratitude because of all the opportunities I received: Summer camps where I learned to fly; an international exchange to Germany where I experienced a different culture; and the leadership skills that comes with progressing up the ranks as a cadet, to name a few. Most importantly, though, I think about the strong bonds and friendships that I formed. These memories and experiences will stay with me forever, and I encourage all young people to take advantage of all that Air Cadets has to offer. (132 Spitfire Squadron 1984-1990)

Gary Anderson, Air Canada Pilot/Flight Instructor and Professor – Seneca College Aviation Program

“The cadets played an important role in my life. When I joined 51 Air Cadet Squadron in Ottawa, and then 783 Air Cadet Squadron in Montreal, I had no idea how the adventure and experience would influence my career. I quickly realized the value of the activities and diverse programs that were offered. During the course of the six years that I spent as a cadet, their programs provided me with decision-making skills that I still use today. Moreover, the guidance and advice I received from mentors helped me develop my leadership skills and their influence guided me to structure my education with clear professional goals. In addition, the constant challenges that were placed in front of me prepared me for my future. But above all, it is as a cadet that I discovered the fascinating world of aviation for which I developed a profound passion that still drives me today.”

Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE



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