Scholarship and Awards

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

2020 AE Scholarship applications are available

NOTAM from your AEMSF Trustees!

Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, Chapters and Sections may submit only the number of applications permitted by their quota; Alternates will no longer be accepted. Additionally, Flight Training and Technical Training scholarships are limited to a maximum award of $20,000.

If a rating or training opportunity exceeds that amount, we’d like to have the applicant provide a very specific “plan” concerning how they’d complete that training if only $20,000 was awarded instead of a full-amount.

AE Scholarship Application Deadline is January 1, 2020.

We STRONGLY recommend that you contact your AE Chapter Chair well in advance of the January 1 submission deadline so she may start considering her recommendation letter for you.


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.

Note: Excludes any flight training and any technical training that is part of a college degree program
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 2018 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.

2020 Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Instructions

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

2020 AE Flight Training Scholarship Application

2020 AE Academic Scholarship Application

2020 AE Technical Training Scholarship Application

2020 AE Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship Application for Emergency Maneuver Training

2020 AE Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship Application

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.


ALL Applicants Submission Deadline: Received by January 1, 2020
• Chapter members – Submit to Chapter AE Chair
• Section members, no chapter – Submit to Section AE Chair
• Member-at-Large – Submit to 99s President
Chapter to Section Submission Deadline (when applicable): Received by January 15, 2020
Section to Trustees Submission Deadline: Received by February 5, 2020
Judging of applications (Trustees and Outside Judges): Between February 5 and April 15, 2020
Applicant MANDATORY Update to Trustees (when applicable): Received by March 5, 2020
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
Please read all instructions before filling out application.


1. Membership. For AE Flight Training, Academic or Technical Training Scholarships, applicant must have been a member of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. continuously for one full year as of January 1.
Exception: For Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarships and Vicki Cruse Emergency Maneuvers Training, there is no length of membership limitation. Student Pilot members may apply ONLY for the Fly Now
award or the Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship.
2. Goal. Applicant must have a specific and realistic goal for advancement in aviation or aerospace. This goal may be to qualify for or advance in an aviation-related profession or charitable cause.
3. Financial Need. Applicant must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to progress toward her goal.
Exception: There is no requirement to demonstrate financial need for the Vicki Cruse Scholarship.
4. Medical Certificate. For any scholarship or award request that involves flight training, applicant must submit a copy of a current valid medical, Basic Med or a Driver’s License (for certificates/ratings which do not require a medical) with her application. The medical’s date of issue must be prior to the applicant’s submission deadline and must still be valid on the applicant’s submission deadline (Jan 1). The class of medical required depends on the license, certificate or rating the applicant intends to pursue. If selected to receive a scholarship and the original application contained a medical of a lower class than required to execute the privileges of the requested certificate or rating, she will be required to upgrade her medical to the appropriate minimum class prior to the date that AEMSF receives her first payment request.
Minimum Required Class of Medical
• ATP – 1st Class
• Commercial and Jet-Type Ratings – 2nd Class
• Flight Instructor – 3rd Class
• All others – as required for the specific rating, license or certificate.
• Academic and Technical Training scholarships typically do not require a medical, unless there is a
flight training component to the program.

5. One Training Course. Applicant may request only one training course, certificate, rating or type rating.
Example 1: Application for “FAA Multi-Engine Instrument rating” by an applicant already holding an instrument rating. Request is for an add-on multi-engine rating with instrument privileges – allowed.
Example 2: Application for “Commercial-Instrument” by an applicant with neither rating will be disqualified, unless training for one of the ratings will be complete by March 5. (See Training in Progress below)
6. Training in Progress. Application may be made for a certificate/rating without holding a prerequisite certificate or rating provided training for that required certificate is expected to be completed before March 5.
Example: For an application for “Flight Instructor certificate,” applicant must either already possess the commercial pilot certificate or be in training with expected completion by March 5.
Note: Designated AEMSF Trustee must receive proof of completed prerequisite certificate or rating by March 5; late notification is grounds for disqualification.
7. Flight Currency. For any scholarship or award request (except Academic) that involves flight training:
• Applicant must submit the logbook entry or endorsement showing a successful flight review, competency or proficiency check, or practical test within two years of the applicant’s submission deadline. The date of issue on a pilot certificate is NOT sufficient proof of currency.
• In addition to the logbook pages submitted above, applicant must have logged a minimum of five hours in the six months immediately preceding the applicant’s submission deadline. The flight time may be PIC, SIC, SIM time or with an instructor. Submit the most recent two full logbook pages
(left and right side equal one full page).
• Landing, passenger carrying and instrument currency are not required.
8. Flight Time. Applicant must have sufficient flight time so that she will, upon completion of training requested in this scholarship application, meet or exceed minimum flight time requirements for the certificate/rating sought. Flight time building to meet this requirement may NOT be included in the funding request.
Example: An applicant for an instrument airplane rating requiring 50 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time may not include cross-country time building in her funding request. She may only include the costs of the required elements of training for the instrument rating.
Note: Applicants may report completed flight hours up until March 5 to the Designated AEMSF Trustee.
The Part II Pilot Experience must show the applicant’s plan to accomplish any remaining time building hours needed by June 30, 2021 and how the applicant will finance those hours.
9. Quotas are determined based on the number of Chapter and Section members officially recorded by 99s Headquarters on December 1. The membership total is available in the December Straight and Level at

a. A chapter may select one application for every 25 members. Divide number of chapter members by 25, then round off to nearest whole number. Regardless of size, each chapter is allowed at least one application.
b. A section may submit one application for every 100 members. Divide number of section members by 100, then round off to nearest whole number. Regardless of size, each section is allowed at least one application.
Note: Vicki Cruse and Kitty Houghton Scholarship applications are not counted in other AE scholarship quotas.


1. Use the correct application for the scholarship best suited to your purpose.
2. Download application from the 99s website. It may be completed by computer, typewriter, or by hand. Ensure that each page is neat and legible in English. Be sure all signatures are included and are dated by the applicable deadline. Signatures must be either verified electronic signatures, scanned ink signatures or original ink signatures. Note: A typed name is not a signature.
3. Determine your AE Scholarship Chairman and establish positive contact. Use the online directory to find her name and contact information, by going to the “Office, Position or Member Type” box, then selecting the appropriate title as listed below. Then select your chapter in the “Chapter” box or your section in the “Section” box. We STRONGLY recommend that you contact your AE Chair well in advance of the January 1 submission deadline so she may start considering her recommendation letter for you.
a. Chapter Members: Your AE Scholarship Chairman is your Chapter AEMSF Scholarship Chairman; if your chapter does not have a Scholarship Chairman, it is your Chapter Chairman.
b. Section Members not in a Chapter: Your AE Scholarship Chairman is your Section AEMSF Scholarship Chairman; if your section does not have a Scholarship Chairman, it is your Section Governor.
c. Members-at-Large: Your AE Scholarship Chairman is the International President.
4. Submit the complete application package, which consists of the Application Parts I-IX, including all documentation required by Part VI, to your AE Scholarship Chairman so that she receives it by January 1. Your AE Scholarship Chair should acknowledge receiving your application. Contact her if you have not heard from her before the Section deadline of January 15. If you are recommended, your AE Scholarship Chairman (See #3 above) will complete the 99s Certification and 99s Recommendation (Parts VIII and IX) to send to the next step in the review process.
5. All Applicants: You are responsible for ensuring that the application package is complete and true in every respect. You are responsible for following instructions, meeting all deadlines, and tracking the progress of your application through the review and selection process. Incomplete, late, or fraudulent applications will be disqualified. No eligibility requirements or deadlines will be waived
6. Application Submission and/or Shipping: DO NOT submit application directly to 99s Headquarters or to AEMSF Trustees. Submit to YOUR AE Scholarship Chairman. (See #3 above.) Electronic submission of applications as PDF attachments to email is the preferred method of transmittal. Combine entire package into a single PDF document before submitting. If submitting on paper, use 81⁄2”x11” or A4 size paper. Clip pages together; do not use staples or any type of binder or cover. Submit one original and keep one copy. Send in a single, trackable shipment but waive any signature on delivery. Retain shipment tracking number and proof of mailing. Make a copy of your complete application for yourself before sending to your AE Scholarship Chairman.
7. Mandatory Updates: If required for eligibility, you MUST send the following documentation to the designated AEMSF Trustee at so that she will receive it by the update deadline of March 5.
a. Proof of completion of any certificate or rating in progress as per General Scholarship Requirements.
b. Status of any scholarships or grants that were pending at time of initial application or were applied for since.
c. Any missing information or documentation, or any other change that affects eligibility or application.

QUESTIONS? Contact your AE Scholarship Chairman. If she is unable to answer your question, she should contact the Section AE Scholarship Chair or the AEMSF Trustees.

Note: 99s HEADQUARTERS is not involved with the AE Scholarship application process. Do NOT send questions or applications to HQ.


AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: This award is for gals who have already received their Private or Commercial licence and would like to join the 99s !! This award is intended to promote women in aviation and is awarded yearly to an outstanding female pilot who has finished their licence ( Transport Canada Written and Flight Test ) by the end of each December. Winner announced mid February following the year end. Applications are available here…Award of Excellence 2019 Application Page

AWARD OF MERITThe 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 AVIATIONIn 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.


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

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 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


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.

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 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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