Scholarship and Awards

2019 AE Scholarship applications are available

Each year Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships are awarded to qualified members for fully funded advanced flight training, jet type ratings and technical training. Partial funding of $10,000 per academic year is awarded for academic scholarships. In addition, the AEMSF provides Research Scholarship Grants and Fly Now Awards for Student Pilot members of the Organization. Aside from generous donations received from 99s Chapters, Sections and individual members, the United Parcel Service Foundation has graciously donated significant funds in the past. 99s members and other individuals have donated to the Fund through their estate bequests and the Perpetual Scholarship program. Since 1941 the AEMSF has awarded more than 500 scholarships. The amount awarded for these scholarships, including Research Scholar Grants and Fly Now Awards exceeds $11 Million. The AEMSF’s investment account is valued at well over $5.5 Million dollars.

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships for Women Pilots
AE Scholarship Applications
Fly Now Award for Student Pilot Members
Research Scholar Grants
Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Winners
About the Fund

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships for Women Pilots

Established in 1940 to help deserving members to further accomplishments, today the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund exceeds $5 million and provides:

  • Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships for licensed pilot members to advance in training and education in aviation and aerospace, including scholarships to complete additional pilot certificates and ratings, jet type ratings, college degrees, technical training, an Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship established in memory of 99 member Vicki Cruse and an International Scholarship for pilots in developing countries, in memory of Kitty Houghton.
  • Research Scholar Grants to add to the world’s knowledge of women in aviation and aerospace.
  • FLY NOW Awards of up to $6000 towards completion of the recreational pilot, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate.

For more information: Contact Jacque Boyd or Shelley Ventura, AEMSF Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Scholarship Applications

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.

Application forms: The files MUST be downloaded, then opened with Adobe Reader on a computer, not on a tablet or smartphone. The fillable fields will not appear on a tablet or smartphone. The forms below may be downloaded or printed. The file can be saved to your personal computer.

All Applicants and AE Scholarship Chairmen MUST read the following file:

2019 Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Instructions

Applicants: Please download the appropriate application form after reading the instructions.

2019 AE Flight Training Scholarship Application

Fully paid scholarship to complete an additional pilot certificate or rating or pilot training course.
Examples: Multi-engine rating, commercial certificate, King Air competency or qualification training or Boeing 737 type rating.

2019 AE Academic Scholarship Application

Up to $10,000 scholarship towards one year of a college degree in aviation or aerospace. Students may re-apply for continuing support through graduation.
Examples: Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree in fields such as aerospace engineering, aviation business management, air traffic management, or professional pilot. Note: Flight training may be included if integral to curriculum.

2019 AE Technical Training Scholarship Application

Fully paid scholarship to complete an aviation or aerospace technical training or certification course.
Examples: ATP CTP, Airframe and/or Powerplant Mechanic certificate, Dispatcher certificate, Air Traffic Control training program, government or manufacturer’s safety training, specialized training or certification course. Note: Excludes any flight training and any technical training that is part of a college degree program.

2019 AE Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship Application for Emergency Maneuver Training

Fully paid scholarship to provide emergency maneuver and spin training in addition to an introduction to aerobatics. In memory of 99 Vicki Cruse, this scholarship is available to any licensed pilot member of The 99s without regard to existing ratings, financial need or length of membership. Complete details about the training can be found in the application package.

2019 AE Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship Application

This International scholarship in memory of Kitty Houghton, is offered specifically to encourage women pilots in emerging economy countries to pursue a career in aviation in their home country. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and enthusiasm for flying and have begun to work on their pilot’s license.

AE Scholarship Chairmen

99s Certification Pages
For the convenience of Chapter and Section AE Scholarship Chairmen, the recommendation and certification pages may be downloaded and completed separately when needed.

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.

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.


AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: The Award of Excellence is calling on all Female Pilots within the First Canadian Chapter Area, who will have completed their PRIVATE or COMMERCIAL Pilot’s Licence between Jan 1st and December 31st, 2018.  The award consists of a cash award, a complementary one – year membership to the Ninety-Nines and an individual plaque. Deadline for applications is Feb 1, 2019.   This award is issued in the spring.

Applications are available here… Award-of-Excellence 2018


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.



In 1974, the First Canadian Chapter, Ninety-Nines, established the Canadian Award in Aviation to promote aviation within Canada.
For the past forty-four years, individual Ninety-Nines and friends of the Canadian Ninety-Nines 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.

This year the trustees have decided to award $2,100 to the Alberta Aviation Museum, located in Edmonton, Alberta. They will use the money to construct a diorama depicting a Link Trainer room and the role of women, such as Margaret Littlewood, Link instructor, during the British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP).

Application for the Canadian Award in Aviation (pdf)… CAIA Award Application Form 2018  DEADLINE WAS AUG 31, 2018 


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.


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.


WEST CANADA SCHOLARSHIP: The 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. Read the scholarship rules and application   

The West Canada Section Scholarship application can be downloaded here… west-canada-section-99s-scholarship_2017_application

An applicant may apply for a scholarship in one of the following categories:

1. Advancement of flight training: This category is for an applicant who wishes to advance her flying capabilities toward a career in aviation. She must possess the minimum of a valid private pilot license at the time this application is made.

2. Education or research project: An applicant may choose to do an education or research project which will investigate or promote the advancement of women in aviation and enhance general understanding of the role of women in aviation. This project should result in the production of materials or design of a program, which would educate women about the possibilities and challenges of careers in aviation. This applicant is not required to have a pilot’s license.

3.  Advancement of career in aviation-related field: This category is for an applicant who wishes to advance her career in a non-flying but aviation-related field, such as aircraft maintenance engineer, avionics technician, aeronautics engineer, etc. This applicant is not required to have a pilot’s license.


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


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


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. Scholarship payments will be made directly to the recipient’s C-FLUG account, and are to be used by 1 July of the same year it is awarded. Complete the attached application form, including contact information for a flight school that can verify your flight record. The scholarship committee will be assessing all applications received by email or postmarked prior to January 21st each year. Final selection will be based on: current on type, career goals, experience and involvement in aviation. The C-FLUG (Club Plane) Scholarship award(s) will be presented each spring at the Manitoba Aviation Council convention.  Manitoba 99s can download the application here… 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

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

NEIL ARMSTRONG SCHOLARSHIP FUND: 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.
Detailed guidelines and applications forms are available at the COPA office or online at
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.

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 INTERNATIONALBe 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 are now being accepted. 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. 

COPA Scholarship Listing:

I Hart Flying Foundation
A $5,000 Flight Training Scholarship. Includes a Bose A20 Headset, Kings School PPL Online Course, a Jet Aviva Gift Bag, Aviation Life Clothing Gift Certificate, & Base Turn Clothing Gift Certificate.  Eligibility Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen female between the ages of 18-26 seeking their Private Pilots License. Due in November. Details –

International Council of Air Shows Jan Jones Memorial Scholarship
$2,000 award. Recipient must be a female holding a private pilot certificate, wishing to pursue aerobatic flight training. Applications due by July 1st. For more info visit –

Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship from the Ventura County Chapter 99s

A $3,000 scholarship and a King Schools Private Pilot Training Course. Open to young women between 16-20 years old. Apps due July 1st. More info –

Ladies Love Taildraggers Flight Scholarships

  • Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship $1,995 award value. Fly with stunt pilot Brian Lansburgh at Tailwheel Town
  • Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship – Up to $1,000 in Tailwheel training from a CFI of the winner’s choice
  • Stick & Rudder Master Class – $1,995 award value. Must have a Tailwheel Endorsement to apply for this scholarship.
  • STOL/Short Take Off & Landing Class – Up to $2,400 award. Must have a Tailwheel Endorsement to apply for this scholarship.
  • Tailwheel Endorsement & Unusual Attitude Training -Up to $1,500 Tailwheel Endorsement Training and Unusual Attitudes Training by Billy Werth of Billy Werth Airshows and Grayout Aerosports, LLC
  • Stinson Club Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship – Up to $1,000 from the International Stinson Club for tailwheel training from a CFI of the winner’s choice.

Visit the LLTD website for details and to apply for their awards at 

Whirly-Girls Helicopter Scholarships
Must be a member of the organization to apply. Awards offered include:

  • $8,000 Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship for upgrading or advancing a current helicopter rating
  • $8,000 Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship for a female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating
  • $6,500 Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
  • $3,000 Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
  • $4,500 Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
  • $6,000 Erickson Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship for a career-minded Whirly-Girl who needs a vertical reference/external load endorsement for a flight position
  • $10,000 FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship
  • $14,000 Airbus Flight Training Scholarship AS350 Turbine Transition Course
  • $12,000 Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggles Initial Pilot Qualification Scholarship

Women In Aviation International Scholarships
Various scholarships for women in flight training, jet type ratings, helicopter training, aircraft maintenance, aviation management and aviation academics. WAI scholarships are offered not only for students, but for WAI members of all ages and pursuits, including mechanics, engineers, dispatchers, ag pilots, flight instructors, and a range of other diverse occupations. The scholarships vary from year to year and the deadline is November of the preceding year. The 2018 awards for flight training from Private Pilot up:

Student Pilots may apply
$   250 – Ted Mallory Memorial Scholarship (for Private or IR)
$   500 – Wings Over 35 (Must be age 35 or older)
$   500 – Diane Endres Ballweg Scholarship (age 30>)
$ 1,000 – Bunny M. Connors Memorial Scholarship (for Private or IR)
$ 1,000 – HAI Initial Helicopter Scholarship (rotorcraft)

$ 1,500 – Three Flight Training Scholarships *Written Prep only* (Student +)
$ 2,500 – Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship

$ 2,500 – Women Military Aviators Dream of Flight Scholarship (military interest preferred)

$ 3,000 – AOPA Student Pilot Scholarship

$ 5,000 – Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship
$ 5,000 – Blackburn Northwest Flight Scholarships (Pacific NW resident only)

Private Pilot or better to apply
$ 2,000 – Anne Bridge Baddour Aviation Scholarship (PPL +150TT)
$ 3,000 – Dare to Dream Scholarship)
$ 5,000 – Sun Country Airlines Flight Training Scholarship
$ 9,995 – Texas America Flight Academy Accelerated Instrument Rating Course (PPL)
Note: Also See Connors & Mallory award under Student

For deadlines check their website.

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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