Scholarships & Awards

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

The 2017 Scholarship applications are now available.

· Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships for Women Pilots · Fly Now Award for Student Pilot Members · Research Scholar Grants

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 Peggy Doyle or Jacque Boyd, AEMSF Permanent Trustees. 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:

  • Flight Training Scholarship: 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. Requirements: Must be a current pilot with the appropriate medical certificate, and must be approaching the flight time requirement for the rating or certificate, if any. Jet Type Rating Requirements: Must have a current First Class medical certificate, or non-U.S. equivalent, and at least 100 hours multi-engine flight time or combined multi-engine and turbine time.
  • Academic Scholarship: Up to $5000 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. Requirements: Must be currently enrolled. Students must have cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Technical Training Scholarship: 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.
  • Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship: 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.
  • Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship:  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. An emerging economy country is defined as one NOT in the G20 countries.  The 2015 members of the G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

Procedures & Deadline: Each Applicant who belongs to a Chapter needs to request a recommendation from her Chapter. Each Chapter Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Chairman should notify members to submit scholarship applications by DECEMBER 1. The original application (including 99s Recommendation for Applicants belonging to Chapters) must be submitted by the Chapter Chairman to her Section Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Chairman by DECEMBER 20. Application forms: The files MUST be 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 or filled out while online. The file can be saved to your personal computer. Scholarship Applications

All Applicants and AE Scholarship Chairmen MUST read the following file: 2017 Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Instructions Applicants: Please download the appropriate application form. 2017 AE Flight Training Scholarship Application 2017 AE Academic Scholarship Application 2017 AE Technical Training Scholarship Application 2017 AE Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship Application for Emergency Maneuver Training 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.


BROADENING HORIZONS SCHOLARSHIP: Manitoba Chapter of 99s has formed two new scholarships! BROADENING HORIZONS SCHOLARSHIP is due May 1st and will be awarded at Poker Derby this year May 23rd! 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.

ROSELLA BJORNSON SCHOLARSHIP: The Manitoba Chapter (West Canada Section) 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

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: The Award of Excellence is a special project of the First Canadian Chapter, intended to promote women in aviation it is awarded to a top graduating female student pilots. This award is issued in the spring. Applications are available in PDF award-of-excellence-form-2016-deadline-feb-1-2017-revised or Word award-of-excellence-form-2016-deadline-feb-1-2017-revised

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.

    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 Canadian Ninety-Nines established the Canadian Award in Aviation to promote aviation within Canada. For the past forty years, individual Ninety-Nines and friends of the Canadian Ninety-Nines have contributed funds to provide an annual award of $1,000 – 2,000 to registered Canadian charitable organizations whose activities promote, improve or preserve aviation and aeronautics in Canada. The award allows our women pilots to promote aviation through other organizations. Individuals and Ninety-Nines do not qualify to receive this award.-

Application for the Canadian Award in Aviation (pdf)…CAIA Award Application Form 2016 DEADLINE AUG 31, 2016

Donate Now Through! Faire un don maintenant par!

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.

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.


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