Establishment of Fund

The McIntosh Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1921 by the people of Western Australia to perpetuate the memory of WWI flyer, Lieutenant John Cowe McIntosh, AFC.  He was killed in an aircraft crash near Pithara, WA on Easter Sunday 1921.  In 1983 administration of the Scholarship was transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA Division) Inc. [RAAFA].  
In 1991 the Fund faltered due to low interest rates and lack of sufficient funds to make a suitable award.  However, the generosity of an anonymous donor at that time, and generous support since has allowed the Fund to recover and make further awards.
John Cowe McIntosh
McIntosh was born in Scotland in 1892, and having moved later to Western Australia, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914.  On enlistment his occupation was recorded as architect and surveyor.
He served in the 4th Field Ambulance AAMC on Gallipoli and in France, and was promoted Corporal.  Just before the end of hostilities he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps to undertake flying training at Oxford in the UK.  McIntosh was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) in April 1919.
Rather than return to Australia with other elements of the AIF by ship, McIntosh joined forces with Lieutenant Ray Parer to enter the Australian Government’s £10,000 air race from England to Australia.  Although the race was won by Ross and Keith Smith in December 1919, McIntosh and Parer continued with their adventure.  Despite great difficulties and obstacles, they became the first airmen to fly a single-engine aircraft from England to Australia.  The epic journey took 208 days and McIntosh and Parer were each rewarded with a £500 cheque and an Air Force Cross.
Value of Scholarship
The award for the 2016 academic year will be $3,000 and is usually used by students to help defray the costs of equipment, books, or activities associated with their studies.
  • Descendants of persons who enlisted in Western Australia for service in any branch of the RAAFA
  • Undertaking a first course of tertiary education full time, in any year of that course
  • Must reside in Western Australia.
All applications must be made on the application form available below.  Applications close on Friday, 23 October 2015
Further information on the Scholarship are available from the Executive Assistant, Julie Stearne on 08 9311 4449 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.