Richmond, BC – Pacific Coastal Airlines is proud to announce the establishment of three scholarships to support Indigenous youth and pilot-AME training students. The scholarships will be funded by the proceeds from the annual Pacific Coastal Airlines Memorial Charity Golf Tournament and will be awarded in partnership with the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC). These scholarships aim to support Indigenous and BC students to achieve their aviation career aspirations and help promote job opportunities in the aviation and aerospace sector.

The $10,000 Pacific Coastal Airlines, Daryl Smith Memorial Indigenous Youth Aviation Scholarship, and the $10,000 Pacific Coastal Airlines, Paul Biglin Memorial, Indigenous Youth Aviation Scholarship are open to any Indigenous students across Canada who are attending school in BC. The scholarships are awarded to students who are actively pursuing training as a pilot, aircraft maintenance engineer (AME), flight attendant, flight operations, airport operations, or airline management and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in aviation. The selection will be based on agreed criteria between BCAC and Pacific Coastal Airlines.

The $10,000 Pacific Coastal Airlines, Sheldon Smith Memorial, Pilot – AME Aviation Training Scholarship is open to all BC residents who are actively pursuing training as a pilot or AME. The scholarship recipient must demonstrate how the training will contribute to their aviation career and show a commitment to pursuing a career in the small to medium-sized British Columbia aviation sector. To learn more about the application process and deadlines, please visit

“We are thrilled to offer these scholarships in partnership with BCAC,” said Quentin Smith, the President of Pacific Coastal Airlines. “By supporting the education and training of young people who are passionate about aviation, we hope to contribute to the growth of the industry, and help to address the current pilot shortage in Canada.”

Heather McCarley, Chair of British Columbia Aviation Council thanked Quentin and said “We congratulate Pacific Coastal Airlines in establishing these excellent scholarships by adding to BCAC’s growing list of scholarships in support of aviation training in BC.”

Pacific Coastal Airlines wishes to invite anyone to participate in the 29th Annual Memorial Charity Golf Tournament taking place on Thursday, May 25. To register, donate, or become a sponsor for our Annual Memorial Golf Charity, please visit our website


About Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately-owned British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) that currently flies to 16 airports in British Columbia. Connecting to additional destinations along the central coast of British Columbia through its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes, located in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. Pacific Coastal is also the operator of WestJet Link, connecting smaller cities in British Columbia and Alberta with WestJet’s domestic hub at the Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport. 

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