The purpose of the MAF Canada scholarship fund is to recognize Canadian post-secondary students preparing for a full-time career in mission aviation who plan to use those skills overseas upon completion of all required training.
The MAF Canada scholarship is open to all Canadian students whose personal vocational goals mirror those stated in the Purpose Statement above, and who meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or be landed immigrants.
- Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of Bible School.
- Applicants must possess either of the following:
- (Pilot) private license
- (AME) all required courses completed.
- Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.
Christian Life and Ministry
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate a discernible call to full-time missions as attested by others.
- Applicants must have a proven history of involvement in their local church and community.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a Christian lifestyle and adherence to MAF Canada’s Statement of Faith.
Applications must be received between September 1 and March 31 only.
A student may benefit from a scholarship only once, however unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent years.
Applicants must prepare a minimum two-page essay which fully communicates their personal ministry goals and objectives with regards to a vocation in mission aviation.
The essay should include all information required to assess the applicants Christian Life and Ministry as outlined above.
The essay should accompany a transcript of the applicants most recent grades, a copy of their vocational certification, and a reference from their pastor or a senior church official to whom they reported while participating in church ministry or community outreach.
Mail all applications to:
Scholarship Fund Committee
Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada
264 Woodlawn Rd. W
Guelph, ON N1H 1B6
Scholarship winners will be notified on or before May 31.
Donate to the MAF Scholarship Fund
To donate to the MAF Canada Scholarship Fund, please forward your cheque (made payable to MAF Canada) to:
Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada
ATTN: Scholarship Fund
264 Woodlawn Rd. W
Guelph, ON N1H 1B6
(please write “Scholarship Fund” in the notes section)
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Past Scholarship recipients
Amilia thought that her aviation future would be at a local fixed base operation in Canada until she felt a distinct nudge from God to consider mission service at a Prairie Global Connections conference. This was confirmed to her after a short term trip to Kenya and Uganda observing mission aviation first-hand. Since that time, she has continued her training at the Prairie Aviation Training Centre.
In the meantime, she continues to serve in her local community, working with a variety of people. After her training is completed she is hoping to returning to Africa to fly, but is open to serve wherever God will lead her.
Nate had the opportunity to experience mission aviation up close while growing up in Papua New Guinea. He saw his father and other MAF pilots serving people in remote communities and saw the impact that they could have on the lives of needy people. Nate hopes to be involved bringing the gospel to spiritually and physically isolated people using aviation, and is completing technical training at Prairie Aviation Training Centre to gain the necessary qualifications.
When he has completed his flight training, he is hoping to serve as a MAF pilot in a place where he can further God’s Kingdom and glorify Him.
Aidan Garcia Sadler
Growing up in a Christian family gave Aidan a foundation in the Word of God, but it wasn’t until he started university that he embraced the free gift of salvation and truly began to be a follower of Jesus. He initially began studies towards a church pulpit or Bible translation, as a direction to serve God. After contact with several people serving with MAF, he realized that being a missionary pilot would be a great way to combine his desire to serve the Lord and his love for aviation.
Aidan is undergoing flight training at the Prairie Aviation Training Centre and has recently completed his commercial pilot flight test. He has been amazed to see God’s provision for him, and hopes to be useful to Him wherever he is asked to serve.
From the first time he flew in an aircraft, Braden knew this was where he was meant to be. After high school, he determined that he would go to Prairie College, despite not having the funding in place to do so, trusting that God would provide for him. Now completing his final few months of training at Prairie, he has experienced God’s provision. As he prepares to move into the next phase,
Braden has a desire to help people around the world, share God’s word, and do so by means of aviation, at whatever location that might be.
Mitchell was fascinated with aviation from a very young age. Having been raised by Christian parents who encouraged him to “example” the love of Christ, and having read about the life of MAF pilot Nate Saint, Mitchell determined that God was calling him into mission aviation. After completing his private pilot’s licence through the Air Cadets, he was determined to attend Prairie College and complete the mission aviation program.
After he completes his commercial pilot licence and instrument rating, he is considering getting maintenance engineer qualifications as well, so that he can be “a more versatile tool in God’s hand.”
Tobin grew up surrounded by aircraft in a mission aviation setting. Having occasions to fly in MAF aircraft with his father, he saw that the aircraft was an important lifeline for many people in Papua New Guinea. He also started to develop a love for aircraft and service to others. Relying on God to provide a pathway into aviation, he enrolled at Prairie College to complete his training.
After this is complete, Tobin wants to be a witness to the love of Christ and be “the hands and feet of God” in whatever mission field God leads him to.
In his youth, Zachary thought that his purpose in life was to grow up to be a cowboy, until a farm neighbor asked him if he had ever thought of being a pilot. Although it was some years after that before he actively pursued aviation training, he felt that from that point, God was preparing him to serve. A short term stint with YWAM in India cemented his desire to bring “hope to the hopeless”.
Completion of his aviation training, and gaining some flight experience are Zachary’s planned next steps, as he seeks to prepare himself for service with MAF.
Hee Mann Shin
Hee Mann has had a long-term interest in missions, but then learned about the possibility of service in a missions aviation role. He felt that training at Prairie College would equip him well to that end. After completing his AAMA, Hee Mann returned to the BC lower mainland and has commenced work as a flight instructor to build his flight experience.
After he acquires the required experience and qualifications, Hee Mann is hoping to use his aviation skills to serve people who are in need and are hungry for Jesus’ salvation.
Growing up in a Christian home, Kristen desired to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever she did. Post-secondary studies at Vanguard College introduced her to the world of missions. After enrolling at Prairie College, she felt a prompting towards mission aviation, as she considered what God might have for her. Kristen is presently completing her second year in the mission aviation program there. Upon completion, she desires to use the aviation skills and abilities she has learned to bring the gospel and humanitarian aid to the developing world.
Matthew knows about mission aviation first hand, because he is part of a family who has been serving with MAF for many years in Papua New Guinea. Growing up, he has had opportunities to fly with his father and see the impact that could be made in local communities by MAF. He felt very strongly in his senior high school year that God wanted him to be an “agent of hope,” a pilot who could help make a difference in the life of missionaries and rural community people. Matthew is presently completing his training at Prairie College, and will continue to prepare for service where God will lead him.
In his youth, Zachary thought that his purpose in life was to grow up to be a cowboy, until a farm neighbor asked him if he had ever thought of being a pilot. Although it was some years after that before he actively pursued aviation training, he felt that from that point, God was preparing him to serve. A short term stint with YWAM in India cemented his desire to bring “hope to the hopeless”. Completion of his aviation training, and gaining some flight experience are Zachary’s planned next steps, as he seeks to prepare himself for service with MAF.
Andrew grew up on a farm outside of Guelph, Ontario. From a young age, he has been interested in anything that flew. After high school, he completed aircraft maintenance training at Canadore college, and then spent a few years in the industry performing maintenance and achieving his M1 engineering licence. Andrew had a desire to serve in mission aviation, and the logical next step was pilot training at Prairie College. After completion of aviation studies, Andrew wants to use his skills as a pilot and engineer with a mission organization that will allow him to fulfil the call of Christ on his life.
Born in Manitoba, Brett left the farm after high school and attended schools in New Zealand and Mexico. He traveled extensively after this time, and felt led to consider missions aviation as a direction for service, although he had no knowledge of organisations like MAF. Recently Brett completed the theory and practical exams for his commercial pilot licence. He intends to complete an instrument rating soon, so that he can use his aviation skills to make a difference in the lives of needy people in other countries.
As a teenager Marten attended the Prairie School of Mission Aviation (PSMA) flight camp, and determined that he wanted to become involved in mission aviation. After graduation from high school, he completed an Associate of Arts in mission aviation from PSMA in 2012 and received a commercial pilot licence and multi-engine instrument rating. Marten will soon be completing training at SAIT polytechnic towards qualification as an aircraft maintenance specialist. This will give him the skills he needs to be a mission pilot/mechanic, able to serve remote communities if far-away places.
From very early on in his Christian walk, Derek has had a deep desire to do missions work among the lost and isolated people in our world. He has seen God’s hand opening up many doors as he continues to pursue this dream. Originally from Ontario, Derek has lived and moved throughout Canada. After graduating from Millar College of the Bible, Derek went back to Bala, ON, where he currently lives.
Derek holds a private pilot’s licence.
Born in the United Kingdom, Matthew had a early dream of becoming a pilot with the RAF. After moving to Canada in 2001 and later attending Capenwray Bible College, Matthew saw this dream of being a pilot transform into him feeling called to go into missionary piloting. Now attending the aviation program at Providence College and Seminary, Matthew hopes to use his flying skills to reach out and help others.
Matthew has earned his private pilot’s licence and will soon be completing his commercial licence.
After hearing the story of MAF pilot Nate Saint when he was just a child, Ken knew that God was leading him in the direction of mission aviation. Ken comes from a family deeply involved in international missions work and he wants to follow in his family’s footsteps.
Ken, originally from Calgary, AB now attends Prairie School of Mission Aviation, and has earned both his private and commercial pilot’s licences.
Erika was a student at Prairie School of Mission Aviation. As the daughter of missionaries, Erika has a passion for passion for missions. She and her husband hope to one day serve on the field together.
Erik Gault has had a life-long dream of becoming a pilot. Following high school Erik enrolled in the aviation program at PBI and eventually became a flight instructor there.
Erik and his wife feel a strong call to becoming missionaries with MAF and are working towards that goal.
Phil Henderson is an MK who experienced first-hand the need for mission aviation. Phil enrolled in the Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation program at Prairie School of Mission Aviation where he obtained his Private Pilot’s License with a night rating.
Phil and his family are currently serving with MAF in Chad.
David Vandevoorde was an MK who grew up in french-speaking Africa. Prior to enrolling in the aviation program at Providence College in Manitoba, David went on short-term mission trips to Brazil and Congo. It was in the Congo where David came into contact with an MAF pilot and felt God calling him to pursue studies in aviation. He has a deep desire to serve people overseas through aviation.
Chris Ball of Tillsonburg, Ontario, was a flight instructor at the Prairie School of Mission Aviation in Three Hills, Alberta, where he graduated in April 2006 with an Associate of Arts degree in Mission Aviation.
Chris and his family are currently serving with MAF in South Sudan.
Andrew Campbell of Winnipeg is a student at Providence College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba.
Andrew was enrolled in the missions track of a Bachelor of Arts program with aviation major.
Nathan worked as an aircraft maintenance apprentice and earned his instrument flight rating at Prairie School of Mission Aviation.
Nathan and his wife, Annie, serve among northern Canadian communities.
Upon completing his IFR and instructor ratings at Prairie School of Mission Aviation, Jason began the process applying to serve with MAF as a pilot.
Parents to two sons, Jason and his wife Melanie have served with MAF in Papua New Guinea.
Dallas was the recipient of our first $5,000 scholarship.
Dallas graduated from the pastoral program at Peace River Bible Institute before he and his family moved to Three Hills, Alberta, in May 2004.
By the following September, he had earned his private pilot’s licence at Prairie Bible College, and has since served with MAF in Uganda and Mongolia.