Scholarship and Awards

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

Each year Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships are awarded to qualified members for five different scholarship types, including two specialized scholarships: an Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship established in memory of 99 member Vicki Cruse and an International Scholarship, in memory of Kitty Houghton, for pilots in developing countries. In addition, the AEMSF provides Research Scholarship Grants and Fly Now Awards for  Since 1941 the AEMSF has awarded almost 800 scholarships plus 275 awards to student pilots earning their first certificate. The amount awarded for these scholarships, including Research Scholar Grants and Fly Now Awards exceeds $12 Million. 

There are five separate Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship applications in order to accommodate the most common types of requests. The applicant should use the application form most appropriate to her circumstances and goal.






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FCC and Canadian Scholarships & Awards

DEE BRICHMORE BUTTERFLY AWARD: For women pilots who fulfill their dreams of learning to fly after other parts of their lives have unfolded. Dee Birchmore had many special qualities and achievements. Although she wanted to be a pilot from an early age, life took her in other directions. She was a “mature woman” when she followed her longtime dream and learned to fly. Not content to simply acquire the basic entry rating was consistent with Dee’s philosophy and work ethic. A lifelong learner, Dee also earned a Commercial licence and Instrument Rating. A few years after Dee learned to fly she was flying over a residential area of Toronto when her engine failed. She headed towards an open patch of grass where she would likely have had a safe emergency landing. But when she realized it was a schoolyard, she steered away and landed in a tree. The FCC of the 99s awarded Dee a specially created “Butterfly Award” to recognize her calm and compassionate decision-making, thinking of others rather than herself. This new award represents the winners’ mid-life flying achievements. We remember what an exemplary person Dee was by fulfilling her long held dream, later in her life. Dee had an exemplary flying record that brought her joy with the challenge of becoming a pilot. She shared her skills by flying recreationally and volunteering as an Operation Skywatch pilot. Dee sparkled when she was flying or when she joined her pilot sisterhood in other activities, like a butterfly which has emerged from a chrysalis!

Dee Birchmore Butterfly Award Criteria:

  • She must have completed her PPL on or after her 50th birthday.
  • She should live within the East Canada Section of the 99s but need not to be a 99.
  • Ideally she demonstrates her support for other women pilots in some way, such as by becoming a mentor to other women learning to fly, by becoming actively involved in the Ninety-Nines, or a role 

Dee Birchmore Butterfly Award Application 2021

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: A great way to join the Ninety-Nines! This award is an “ Entrance Award” and does not apply to existing members.  Calling all female pilots and who have completed their Private or Commercial Pilot’s License between Jan 1st and December 31st, 2021

The award will be presented to the female pilot who meets the criteria listed on the application and who has achieved academic excellence, and flight proficiency in the region of the First Canadian Chapter of the 99s ( Great Toronto area and surrounding vicinities ). The award is a special project of the First Canadian Chapter, intended to encourage women to join this Aviation Group.

The award consists of a one-year membership to the Ninety-Nines, a cash award of $400.00, an individual plaque and a plaque, to be displayed at the flying club of the winner’s choice!

AWARD OF MERIT: The Award of Merit is presented to a 99 who has given exceptional service to the organization. Lorna deBlicquy received this award in 1993. That same year, she was the first woman honoured to receive the Trans- Canada (McKee) Trophy. She has opened doors for all women in aviation through her successful efforts in changing government hiring policies. She became Canada’s first woman Civil Aviation Inspector.

CANADIAN AWARD IN AVIATION: In 1974, members of the First Canadian Chapter established the Canadian Award in Aviation to promote aviation within Canada. Individual 99s and friends of the Canadian 99s have contributed enough funds to provide an annual award of approximately $2,000 to organizations whose activities promote, improve or preserve aviation and aeronautics in Canada. Individual Ninety-Nines do not qualify to receive this award. The award allows our women pilots to promote aviation through other organizations.

Application for the Canadian Award in Aviation (pdf)…CAIA Award Application Form. The deadline is August 31st.

GOVERNOR’S SERVICE AWARD: The East Canada Section’s Governor’s Service Award was introduced in 1995 by then Governor, Joy Parker Blackwood, to recognize, on an annual basis, one member of the East Canada Section 99s for her outstanding and continuing contributions to the 99s and general aviation.

West Canada Section/Chapter Scholarships & Awards

WEST CANADA SCHOLARSHIP: offers an annual $ 1,500 scholarship (since 1995)  The applicant must be a woman pilot who resides in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Northwest Territories). She must be a person in good standing in the community.

ROSELLA BJORNSON SCHOLARSHIP: The Manitoba Chapter awards a ROSELLA BJORNSON SCHOLARSHIP annually. The Chapter was established in 1971. The first chapter chairperson was Rosella Bjornson who in 1973 became the first woman pilot to be hired for commercial jet service in North America. The Chapter Scholarship is named after Rosella as she is an exemplary role model for women who want to pursue a career in aviation. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund will receive an income tax receipt.  Donations may be sent to the Manitoba Chapter Ninety-Nines Scholarship Fund, e/o The Winnipeg Foundation, 301-161 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB. Scholarship info and applications,Rosella Bjornson Scholarship Info & Applications

BROADENING HORIZONS SCHOLARSHIP: Manitoba Chapter of 99s has formed two new scholarships! This scholarship is to give you a chance to fly an aircraft that you think will benefit you in your training and career (Floats, Skis, G1000, Home Build, C172, Retractable Gear, Taildragger, etc..). If you have any questions please ask Jill, Heather or Cindy as they are the Chapters Scholarship Committee. Further info at Manitoba 99s_Broadening Horizons Scholarship

MANITOBA C-FLUG SCHOLARSHIP: The Manitoba Chapter of the Ninety-Nines is pleased to announce the availability of a C-FLUG (Club Plane) Scholarship. The C-FLUG (Club Plane) Scholarship is for 10 or 20 hours of flight time on the club plane, C150 C-FLUG, for the purpose of building hours towards an advanced rating. This scholarship is open to female residents of Manitoba who are members of the Manitoba Chapter of the 99’s, and hold a Private Pilot License or higher.  C-FLUG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

AIRPORT ACCOMMODATION SCHOLARSHIP: This NEW scholarship is open to women working on flight training or building hours who would benefit by having accommodations adjacent to an airport are invited to apply. The due date is January 21 each year, however, applications throughout the year are accepted as well. Watch the Manitoba 99s webpage for further information and applications. manitoba99s/scholarships/

BC Aviation Council: BC Aviation Council members recognize the financial pressures faced by students pursuing studies in aviation and aerospace, and the BCAC  provides scholarships and awards for students on an annual basis. Students actively pursuing studies in the following fields can apply for cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Bursary:

(Female Student) — $1,000

 Anderson Family Scholarship:

$5000 –

BC Float Plane Association:



The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship: is offered by the Ninety-Nines in partnership with the Ventura County chapter and is not administered through the AEMSF. The Solo Scholarship provides funding for flight training through first solo and beyond to young women between (16-20) who want to learn to fly. The application deadline is July 1. Additional info and how to apply can be found at

THE NINETY-NINES, INC. SCHOLARSHIP REGISTRY: The Ninety-Nines Scholarship Registry is a collection of scholarships offered by individuals, organizations, Chapters or Sections which will utilitize one application and set of instructions. Applications are collected and forwarded to the appropriate parties offering the scholarships. The Ninety-Nines do not review or judge the applications.

Mommy Pilots Scholarship from the Southeast Section of the Ninety-Nines: An $800 award to encourage pilot moms who are 99s to continue or further her aviation goals and/or career. The scholarship is awarded to assist qualified applicants who would like to complete a private pilot certificate, seek additional ratings, certifications, endorsements, aerobatic training, upset and recovery training, participate in aviation safety courses or training or seek an advanced degree in an aviation or aerospace subject.  Applicants must be members of The 99s and an expectant mother or adoptive or birth mother of a child under the age of 18. Apps due April 2nd. More details –

Scholarships Offered by Other Organizations

LADIES LOVE TAILDRAGGERS – TAILDRAGGER SCHOLARSHIP: Visit the LLTD website for details and to apply for their awards at 

ELSIE MACGILL NORTHERN LIGHTS AWARDS: The EMNLA are the pinnacle aviation and aerospace awards that recognize, promote and inspire past, present and future generations of Canadian women in the industry. The EMNL awards are separate from The Ninety-Nines, and was created by members of the 99’s. The goal of the Elise MacGill Northern Lights Award is to inspire the future leaders of Canada’s aviation and aerospace industry.  By recognizing the leaders who have come before, the ones currently driving our industry, and those who have the potential to lead, we hope to inspire the next generation of women in aviation. For more information visit

FOREST OF FRIENDSHIP: The International Forest of Friendship is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. The Forest was a gift to America on her 200th birthday in 1976 from the City of Atchison, Kansas (the birthplace of Amelia Earhart); The Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots), and the University of Kansas Forestry Extension. It contains trees from all 50 states and 35 territories and foreign countries, as well as a “Moon Tree” grown from seeds taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Tranquil walking paths weave through the Forest. The First Canadian Chapter 99s has honoured many of our members, past and present, with plaques at the Forest of Friendship. For more information and list of Canadians honoured, view here….

Reaching beyond The 99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships, scholarships both large and small are sponsored by 99s Sections and Chapters. Eligibility requirements vary considerably, so we recommend a thorough review of all scholarships listed.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF WOMEN AIRLINE PILOTSVarying grants and type rating awards. Criteria: Minimum 500 hours. The women of ISA+21 share a common professional bond of encouraging women worldwide to pursue careers as airline pilots. Each year, talented pilots are lost to the industry due to the high cost of flight training. These scholarships provide a means for ISA to contribute at a crucial point in a pilot’s career. Contact: International Society of Women Airline Pilots, Attn: Scholarship, 2250 Tropicana Avenue, Suite 19-395, Las Vegas, NV 89119-6541

WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL: Be sure to view their website and gain valuable advice on getting the scholarship you really want next year!

WHIRLY GIRLS – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN HELICOPTER PILOTS: Be sure to view their website for scholarship information.

COPA’s Neil Armstrong Scholarships:  First place scholarship is valued at $7,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. To qualify for the first place scholarship, applicants must be new flight students who have not yet achieved a pilot’s license, ages 15-21 years old.
Detailed guidelines and applications forms are available at the COPA office or online under
The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund was first established in April 1995 through contributions from friends of Neil Armstrong, COPA members and the Canadian aviation community. Contributions are made to the COPA Flight Safety Foundation, Neil Armstrong Fund from which a charitable tax receipt can be issued. 

Women In Corporate Aviation Scholarships: Applicants must be a member of WCA to apply.

  • AirFlite Pilot Training Scholarship – Value: $3,000
  • CAE Citation 500 Series Aircraft Type Rating Scholarship – Value: $22,000
  • Clear Skies Club Course: Aircraft Acquisitions, Charlie Bravo Aviation -Value: $5,000
  • Executive Jet Management Training Scholarship -Value: $2,000
  • FlightSafety International Citation Ultra Type Rating Scholarship – Value: $22,100

See their website for all criteria and to apply –

Women Soaring Pilots Association

$750 Sky Ghost Scholarship for glider pilots 25 or younger
$750 Brieglib Scholarship for the annual Women Soaring Seminar
$750 Maria Faber Scholarship for a glider pilot seeking advanced training or a certificated airplane pilot seeking a tow plane endorsement
$750 Competition Scholarship to a glider pilot who is accepted to fly in a specific glider competition
$1,500 Mid Kolstad Scholarship for a Private Glider License or add-on rating.
$1,500 Flying Montagues, Monique, or Soaring NV Scholarships
Apps are due May 15th. For details visit –


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