Aspiring pilot receives award at Royal Aeronautical Society

An amazing achievement from Level 3 IT Diploma student Grace Cartwright, who recently received the Evelyn Saunders Memorial cup at The Air League Scholarship Awards Reception which took place at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

Following Grace’s Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship (ACPS), which she completed in Dundee in April this year, Grace subsequently applied to the Air League – the UK’s leading aviation and aerospace charity with a vision focused on changing lives through aviation. The charity aims to break down barriers into these industries through its scholarship and outreach programmes. Grace was awarded a further scholarship - the Ed Strongman Flying Scholarship and travelled to Dundee for flying training in September.

Grace has done incredibly well to have subsequently been awarded the Evelyn Saunders Memorial Cup which is presented each year to the most outstanding young female scholar.


The Cup was established in 2008 in memory of Evelyn ‘Evie’ Florence Saunders, a remarkable lady who stretched the boundaries for female aviators in her generation. A Piper aeroplane (PA-28 G-Evie) was donated to Tayside Aviation in Dundee to run scholarships on behalf of the Air League Trust in her memory.

Grace shared: “I feel so honoured to have been named the recipient of the Evelyn Saunders Memorial cup, and feel that this and the scholarship itself, will now open so many more doors to me when it comes to my career in the future.”

Grace’s award was presented by Air-Vice Marshal Simon Edwards, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and Air Marshall Sir Chris Harper, President of The Air League. Grace also had the opportunity to meet Air Commodore, Tony Keeling, who is Commandant of the Air Cadets, as well as the various sponsors of the Air League who are all leading industry and government figures.

​What a fantastic achievement, that we hope will inspire Grace and others to follow their dreams and choose their own paths.