@blades_of_glory - never realised, but Qantas did run an "Indigenous Cadet Pilot Scholarship Program", although this goes back a few years and I think it may have ended.
I think you will find the larger universities have funding to assist Indigenous get into areas where they are under represented. It might take some digging to find one that can assist you
New Indigenous Cadet Pilot Scholarship
Sydney, 07 July 2005
Qantas has launched an Indigenous Cadet Pilot Scholarship Program worth more than $60,000 to help aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enter the aviation industry.
Qantas Chief Pilot and Head of Flight Operations Captain Chris Manning, said the scholarship would be run in conjunction with the current Qantas Cadet Pilot Program.
"The program is designed to equip successful graduates with the skills, qualifications and experience required to work as a pilot at Qantas.
"We believe providing a scholarship will encourage suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the potential to work as a commercial pilot, who wouldn't normally apply to Qantas because of the costs associated with the program," he said.
"Scholarship applicants would need to fulfil the education and licence requirements of the current Qantas Cadet Pilot Program, as well as be assessed as competitive in all of the selection assessments. However, Qantas would fund all expenses for the successful applicant during a Level two cadetship," Captain Manning said.
The program is split into two different categories - Level one is a 12 months course for applicants with little or no flying experience, whilst Level two is a six month course for people who already hold a commercial pilot licence.
Captain Manning said Qantas Flight Operations would continue to work closely with Qantas' Diversity Team to maximise employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"We are looking forward to increasing Indigenous staff representation in the flying ranks of Qantas," Captain Manning added.
For more information about the Qantas Cadet Pilot Program go to: www.qantas.com.au/info/about/employment/pilots
Qantas is proudly supporting NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal Islander Day of Observance Committee) 3-10 July with special inflight messages of support on all Australian domestic services.
Qantas sponsors various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, cultural and sporting initiatives including the AFL's Indigenous programs and Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3292)