Scholarship and Awards

ANNUAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS Scroll down to the East Canada Section AND Chapter section of this page for more info.


The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

  • 2020 AE Scholarship applications are now in the Judging stage.
  • Notification of Results: By April 15, 2020
  • AE Scholarship Awards Banquet (Optional Attendance): 99s International Conference, July 2020
  • Winners’ Training Must Be Complete: By June 30, 2021

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1940 and has grown to over $5 million currently funding the following five scholarships:

  1. The Flight Training Scholarship covers up to $20,000 for one pilot training course, certificate, rating or type rating.
    Examples: Instrument rating, multi-engine rating, flight instructor certificate, airline transport pilot certificate, King Air training or Boeing 737 type rating.
  2. The Academic Scholarship provides up to $10,000 annually towards a college degree in aviation or aerospace. Students may reapply each year for continuing support through graduation. If flight training is integral to curriculum, either the Academic Scholarship application or the Flight Training Scholarship application may be used.
    Examples: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in fields such as aerospace engineering, aviation technology, aviation business management, air traffic management, or professional pilot.
  3. The Technical Training Scholarship covers up to $20,000 to complete an aviation or aerospace technical training or certification course.
    Examples: ATP CTP (or international equivalent), Airframe and/or Powerplant Mechanic, Dispatcher, Air Traffic Control training program, FAA / NTSB/ manufacturer’s safety training, manufacturer’s specialized training or certification course.
  4. The Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship for Emergency Maneuver Training is for the entire cost of flight training to complete a program of spin and emergency maneuver training, with some exposure to pure aerobatics.
  5. The Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship provides funds for flight training or education in an aviation-related field of study. Eligible members must be from a country with an emerging economy, that is, a country defined as NOT in the G20 member countries. The members of the G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
  6. Research Scholar Grants The documented history of woman’s place in the development and furtherance of aviation and aerospace. Documenting and fostering the leadership role of women in all facets of aviation including social, economic, engineering, historical, political, etc. The expansion of human knowledge in areas of specific differences faced by women in aviation: as pilots, as engineers, as administrators, in military aviation, etc. Special disciplines applied to these problems could include, but not be limited to: history, sociology, psychology, biology, economics, business administration, human engineering, ergonomics, etc. The grant may be used in conjunction with other research activities such as: completion of research requirements for an advanced degree or matching funds with other grants to fund a program larger than either grant could sponsor independently. Information on the AEMSF Research Scholar Grants, including eligibility requirements, application process, and deadlines, may be obtained from Dr. Jacqueline Boyd, AEMSF Research Scholar Grants.

East Canada Section/Chapter Scholarships & Awards


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, 2020 !! 

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, the First Canadian Chapter, Ninety-Nines, 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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