Augustine Heights father-of-two and aspiring pilot Jamie Zammit has the wind at his back after landing a prestigious scholarship.
The USQ Springfield student received the $7,500 Jeppesen Pilot Scholarship at the recently held 2018 Regional Aviation Association of Australia National Convention.
“I’m stoked. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders,” he said.
“It means I can concentrate on my studies and it gives me a safety net to continue my career and academic ambitions.
“It’s quite humbling to know that my hard work and perseverance has paid off, and that there are people out there who believe in me and are willing to support me financially.”
Mr Zammit has always had a burning desire to become a pilot.
However, university was not on his radar until one day, while working as a team leader for a security company, he decided he wanted to chase his dream.
He is currently in his first year of a Bachelor of Aviation and determined to make his childhood dream come true.
“Flying is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I felt that dream had almost slipped away,” he said.
“USQ has not only allowed me to follow my passion, but has given me the confidence and support through my lecturers to continue growing, learning and overcoming those speedbumps that sometimes get in the way.
“We have two beautiful children and I want them to realise that if you want to achieve something in life, you have to work hard for it.”
USQ Head of Aviation and Logistics Professor Paul Bates said Mr Zammit was a worthy recipient of the Jeppesen Pilot Scholarship.
“Jamie is one of the hardest working students I have met and his dedication to his studies and passion for flying makes him the perfect recipient of this scholarship,” Professor Bates said.
“He has all the attributes and qualities to be a great pilot and should be commended for never giving up on his dream.”
Mr Zammit is close to obtaining his Commercial Pilot Licence having completed about 200 hours of flight training.
He is also hoping to be accepted into the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program (QGFPP), which is open to high-achieving USQ students studying a Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations).