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Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund
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Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund

In 1986 Lady (Anita) Smith, widow of Sir Keith Smith, bequeathed her entire estate to the establishment of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund and directed that the income of the Fund be applied in perpetuity for “advancement in the State of South Australia of the Science of Aeronautics and of education therein”. A specialist Advisory Committee provides continuing guidance to the trustee to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are being achieved.

Since 2005 the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund (Smith Fund) has provided sponsorship funding to Mid North Christian College for the development of an Aviation Pathways Program. Secondary students from the College and other schools around South
Australia participate in the Aviation Course which incorporates Aviation Engineering, Flight Training (subject to weather
constraints) and studying Basic Aeronautical Knowledge.

The Smith Fund have provided ongoing support for nearly 20 years which has allowed many students from around South Australia to gain experience in the industry as well as launching their Aviation careers. Several alumni have continued on to follow careers
ranging from service in the Royal Australian Air force, further study at Oxford University’s Aerospace Engineering course, farming, as well as recreational pursuits. The Mid North Christian College Aviation Committee continue to be caretakers in providing a
dynamic and broad Aviation Course that follows the real-world developments in the aviation industry. Under God’s guidance we will continue to support students through our Aviation Course in their journey as it relates to the aviation industry in South Australia and beyond.