Flight Scholarships for Female Pilots

Awards restricted to female applicants only from the Ninety-Nines and Other Resources

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund

Multiple awards for women pilots.Grants to help pay for the private pilot certificate to funding the entire cost of a jet type rating.

 Note: Chapter Awards are often restricted to their local area.

Alameda (CA) County 99s Scholarship
$1,000 based on essay/need. F with at least FAA written completed. Due November 15th. The applicant must be a female who is actively pursuing flight training, has soloed and passed her FAA Written Examination and must live within the nine Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).Contact  Genny Solorio for more details.

Alaska & Mat-Su 99s
The Alaska and Mat-Su Chapters of the 99's are offering three flight training scholarships to women. $1,000 for a Female Pilot with Private Pilot Certificate pursuing an Advanced Rating or Career in aviation, $500 for a Student Pilot with Solo Endorsement pursuing her Private Pilot License and a Private Pilot scholarship donated by Mat-Su Chapter in memory of Ruth M. Jefford. Deadline in June. http://www.ak99s.org/

Aloha Chapter Tweet Coleman Scholarship
$750+/- to a F who has passed the FAA written exam. Due in May. Visit http://www.orgsites.com/hi/alohachapterninety-nines/ for info/requirements.

Aloha Chapter Vivian Fagan Memorial Scholarship
$1,500 award. Visit http://www.orgsites.com/hi/alohachapterninety-nines/ for info/requirements.

Antelope Valley Chapter 99s Scholarships (Lancaster, CA area)
The chapter provides $250 each spring to an Antelope Valley College student majoring in the field of aviation. They also have a Future Woman Pilot program that provides up to $500 per FWP accepted into the program towards training. For information on the Antelope valley awards visit http://www.freewebs.com/av99s/index.htm

Pinky & Joe Brier Foundation Flight Scholarships                                                Several awards, up to $5,000 each, are given annually in honor Women Air Force Service Pilot, Tri-Cities airport owner (San Bernadino), first American female flight instructor and noted aviatrix Evelyn Pinkert Brier. Scholarship requirements:                

  • Women only, no age restriction
  • Accepted in a degree or flight school program leading to a career as a pro pilot
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25 if collegiate applicant
At the time of application submission, applicants must be one of the following:
  • Licensed private pilot
  • Licensed private helicopter pilot

Applications are due in March 1st each year. (Site is out of date, but award is current!) For more info- http://www.thebrierfoundation.org/
Tel: 1-866-746-5913

Central Oregon Chapter
$1000.00 to be awarded in two increments of $500.00 each. The second award will be pending a progress review. The award will also include a year's membership to the Central Oregon 99's chapter. Applicants must be a female pilot currently residing in Deschutes, Jefferson, or Crook County. If applicant has not yet received her private pilots license, she must have completed her solo and written exam to be considered for this scholarship. If applicant is already a licensed pilot, she must be working on an advanced or additional rating/license. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 25th Application & more details- http://www.centraloregon99s.org/scholarship.php  

Canada:  http://www.canadian99s.org/scholarships.htm
Colorado Chapter 99s Student Pilot Scholarship
$1,000 award. Eligibility Requirements: a female residing in Colorado, currently hold a Student Pilot certificate, have already soloed, have logged at least 10 hours of flight time (dual and/or solo) and be taking flight instruction in Colorado. Due Oct 31st. Visit their site for more info http://www.colorado99s.org/scholarship.htm.

Connecticut 99s Scholarship
Criteria: Female, residing or studying in the State of Connecticut, holding current medical certificate, and planning to make aviation a vocation, or an avocation that will contribute to the 99s mission of encouraging women to enter the world of aviation. Basic Requirements: Application, Essay, Letters of Recommendations. Due May 1. Contact Beth Robinson , 860-354-9920, with questions or request for applications. 

Coyote Country (San Diego area) 99s Pam Van der Linden & Barbara Brotherton Memorial Scholarships
Two awards of up to $1500 based on essay/need to SoCal F Private. Due in Oct. More info-  http://coyote99s.com

Dallas Chapter Scholarships
the Dallas chapter offers two scholarships: a Chapter Scholarship valued at $700 and a Future Woman Pilot (FWP) Scholarship valued from $100 - $300 (depending upon the number of applicants and cost of the checkride). Application requirements include 1) active member within the Dallas chapter for the past six (6) months; 2) minimum of 125 hours logged for the Chapter Scholarship; 3) minimum of cross-country sign-off for FWP Scholarship; 4) current medical and flight review (if applicable). Application deadlines are March 15th and September 15th annually. Contact Chris Hettenbach for details. http://www.dallasninetynines.org/.

E. New England Chapter 99s Scholarships
ENE scholarships for 2008 are: 

  • Marie Lepore Honorary Scholarship for $1,000
  • Karla Carroll Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 (both of these are open to men and women)
  • William Bridge Scholarship for $1,000 (open to women with at least their private pilot rating). 

The William Bridge Scholarship given by the chapter is an endowed scholarship in the amount of $1000 that is available to women pilots from New England who are pursuing advanced ratings in aviation. The deadline is January 31.

All scholarships require a New England connection — either a resident of one of the 6 N.E. states, or studying in one. Applications for all four scholarships will be available at the beginning of October; to be eligible, completed applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2008. For further information visit- http://womenpilotsene.org/scholarships.html

Eastern Pennsylvania 99s
The two $1,000 Eastern PA Chapter Scholarships are open to women who reside, attend school or are employed in the Greater Delaware Valley, OR who are members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application. Application need to be sent before the end of April, and the scholarships are awarded in June.
E.PA scholarships page.

Florida Goldcoast 99s Griner Memorial Flight Scholarship
Up to $2,000.00 to be used for an FAA certificate or rating, college
program or other worthwhile aviation endeavor Open to any active Florida Ninety-Nines member with a private pilot's license, who has been a member of a Florida Chapter for at least one year. Due in Oct. http://www.flgoldcoast99s.org

Florida Spaceport 99s/Walker-Blackwell Scholarship
$1,500 for flight training to a woman who has a PPL and is working on an advanced rating or certificate. To be eligible, you must be: at least 18 years old, live or be a permanent resident of FL, GA, NC, SC, AL, MS, LA or TN, have financial need and have a desire to make aviation your career. Due May 1st. FL Spaceport 99s Scholarship.

Fort Worth (N. Texas) 99s Chapter Scholarship
Fort Worth Checkride Scholarship. Our scholarship is offered 3 to 4 times a year. It is a reimbursement of up to $250 for any checkride. Applicants must live in the the Ft. Worth-Dallas Metro area and fill out a scholarship application. Interested women pilots or future women pilots may request applications by writing:
Karen Milchanowski
8601 Hidden Meadow Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76179-3023
Contact Karen Milchanowski

Garden State (New Jersey) Chapter 99s
$500 to a female who has soloed or better, due Oct 15th. Contact Diana Dade (732) 830-3323

Greater Seattle Chapter 99s
The Greater Seattle Ninety-Nines Chapter Scholarship is designed to assist a student pilot in progressing from her first solo to her check ride. Due in March.

Girls With Wings Flight Scholarship
GWW has traditionally offered a Private Pilot Scholarship to help defray the cost of flight training lessons in pursuit of a private pilot certificate. This scholarship is targeting those individuals who have soloed but have not completed the Private Pilot Course.  The Private Pilot Scholarship is an award in the amount of $1000.00. In addition, a second scholarship offered by Girls With Wings is the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to introduce the world of aviation to someone who has dreams of a career in aviation and who would benefit from experiencing the joy of flight. The award of this
scholarship is intended to fund introductory flight training to encourage achievement of a stated goal, whether as a pilot or in another field of study in aviation.  There is no prerequisite flight training required for this scholarship, just enthusiasm and the desire to learn. The Dreams Take Flight Scholarship is an award in the amount of $500.00.
Get more information at http://www.girlswithwings.com/scholarship.html

International Society of Women Airline Pilots, "ISA +21" Scholarships
The ISA Scholarship Program disburses cash awards towards pilot certificates and ratings, and type ratings to qualifying women. Applicants must posses FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate for Airplane, with an Instrument Rating, or non-US equivalent. Must have time in fixed wing aircraft to commensurate with the rating sought. For ATP applicants only, must have 1400TT and ATP written test complete.  Applications are due by December 10th and awards are presented  in May at the annual ISA +21 convention.

Visit http://www.iswap.org for details and an application

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.

Keystone Chapter 99s (PA)
The Keystone 99s offers a scholarship to assist a women pursuing their aviation goals, including attaining a private license or any additional rating. Any female who resides in eastern Pennsylvania, including the Leigh Valley north to the New York state border, is eligible. Get details at http://www.keystone99s.org/

Kitty Hawk Chapter
Kitty Hawk (NC) Chapter Scholarship. Each year, the Kitty Hawk 99s award a scholarship and a year’s membership in The Ninety-Nines to assist a woman who is working to become a licensed pilot or is working on an advanced rating or certificate. This Scholarship is open to all women pilots, including members of The 99s.  The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage women pilots, promote aviation within the surrounding community, and provide networking opportunities for women.  The scholarship is awarded annually in the spring. Once awarded, the funds are sent directly to the flight school, university, college or other institution chosen by the recipient.  Applicant must be: Female and at least 18 years of age, North Carolina resident or student of a North Carolina school & pursuing an aviation goal that includes flight training. The applicant must possess a current FAA Medical Certificate appropriate for the license or rating sought and if the applicant is a student pilot, she must already have her solo endorsement. Deadline- January. Get details here- http://www.kittyhawk99s.com/scholarship.html

Long Beach 99s/Rita Buhl Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is open to women in the South Bay area of Los Angeles working on a pilot license, pilot revalidation or further ratings. Minimum requirements are that the applicant must have soloed and have passed the written exam for a private pilot license or be a licensed pilot. Amount approx $1500. Get details - http://www.longbeach99s.org/

Marin 99s $500 "Wing Up" Check Ride Scholarship
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funding for the initial (private) or next level (instrument, commercial, etc.) check ride to support the dreams of women embracing aviation either as a personal passion or as a career. Application criteria includes: residency within 100 miles of Marin County Airport and the applicant must be eligible for the rating being applied for (ie: number of hours required), and have completed the written requirements for the rating. Due Dec 1st. Get details - http://marin99s.org/

Maryland Chapter 99s
$500/varies, may not be given every year. Contact the 99s International organization for this years Maryland 99s chapter chair contact info- 1-800-994-1929 or (405) 685-7969

Montana 99s Chapter Esther Combes Vance Scholarship
Amount $500, due in February. The scholarship is open to any Montana female student pilot or a Montana female interested in learning how to fly. She must be a resident of the state of Montana and receive her flight training in Montana by a Montana registered CFI. Contact- http://www.montana99s.org/

Monterey Bay Chapter Scholarship
The Monterey Bay Chapter of the Ninety-Nines is offering a $2,000 award to be used by the recipient to obtain her private pilot license or to obtain an advanced rating to further her pursuit of a career in aviation. Must be a Santa Cruz or Monterey County resident. Application due Jan 31st. Details - http://www.montereybay99s.org/

Mount Diablo Chapter 99s
Note: this award has been suspended until further notice
One $1,250 scholarship for an addition rating or certificate -- due August 15. Criteria includes: private pilot license, current medical, must live within 50 NM of Concord Buchanan Airport, and be a member of The 99s. Download an application or visit The Mount Diablo Chapter Page.

Mount Shasta Chapter
A $1,000 scholarship to a female resident of Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Tehama, Glenn or Butte Counties. The scholarship can be used by the recipient to obtain the private pilot license, or toward an advanced rating to further her pursuit of an aviation career. Apps due Dec 31st. Additional info at http://www.mountshasta99s.org/Scholarship.htm

North Jersey Chapter 99s Riach Memorial Scholarship
he North Jersey Chapter of the Ninety-Nines awards the Dodie and David Riach Memorial Scholarship annually to as many as three pilots, or student pilots, who are pursuing flight training in New Jersey. Each scholarship is valued at $2,150, and must be used for flight training. Due in October. http://www.nj99.com/scholarships.html

National Agricultural Aviation Association Scholarship            $2,000 awarded by the Women of the NAAA in 2008. The competition is open to all NAAA members and the children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, or spouse of any NAAA operator, pilot member, retired operator or pilot who maintains an active membership with the NAAA as well as allied industry members and the children, grandchildren, sons in-law, daughters-in-law or spouse of an allied industry member. Must be a H.S. graduate. Due in August. More info- http://www.agaviation.org/scholarship.htm

New Orleans Chapter/Morris Memorial Scholarship
$500 to a female pursuing advanced ratings. Due July 31st. (May not be given annually or suspended in some years)
Contact Beth Ryder (504)429-0491

Oklahoma Chapter 99s Scholarship
$1,000 to an OK female, due in April. Contact OK 99s Scholarship Chair Donna Jackson (405) 329-5112
OKC 99s homepage.

Phoenix Chapter Scholarship
Two $2000 scholarships per calendar year to females: 1) A student pilot for her Private & 2) a certificated pilot pursuing an advanced certificate or rating.
Prerequisites: Female residing in AZ, must be at least 18. App due in Nov 1st. Visit their website PHX 99s Scholarship page or Contact Judy Yerian

Reno High Sierra 99s Chapter Ninety-Nines
$2000 Private Pilot  Award
$3000 Advanced Rating/Certificate 

Limited to female student pilots and female pilots who reside within 70nm  of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Student pilots must have soloed by the application deadline.  Advanced pilots must have already completed at least 5 hours towards advanced rating/license. More info- http://www.renohighsierra99s.org/

Rio Colorado 99s Chapter Scholarships

The chapter gives three $1,000 awards annually to a student pilot and those seeking advanced ratings or certificates. Applicant must be at least 18 and residing or studying in Colorado. Applications are due Feb 1st & Aug 1st. More info-  http://www.riocolorado99s.org/Scholarships.htm

Sacramento Valley  99s Shirley Lehr / Betty Alair Memorial Scholarships
The applicant must be a female who is actively pursuing flight training, has soloed and passed her FAA Written Examination and lives within 99 NM of Sacramento Executive Airport. The purpose of this scholarship is to help defray the cost of obtaining pilot ratings and certificates. The Scholarship Committee will consider financial need. Applications due in  April.  http://www.sacramento99s.org/

San Diego Chapter 99s Flight Scholarships                                                               
The San Diego chapter offers 4 awards annually to local aviatrixes or any member of the Ninety-Nines Southwest Section:
  • Marian Delano Memorial $1500 for student or advanced
  • SD99s Student Pilot award $1000 
  • Darlene Kelly Memorial Advanced Rating/Certificate $2,000
  • Dottie Sanders Memorial $1,000   

Details -  http://www.SanDiego99s.org

San Luis Obispo Chapter scholarships
To San Luis Obispo County women interested in becoming pilots.
The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with either obtaining the private pilot certificate, a rating or advanced certificate. Applications are due Feb 15th, June 15th & Oct 15th


  • Applicant must be a woman at least 17 years if age
  • Applicant must reside in San Luis Obispo County
  • Applicant must have accumulated at least 10 hours toward a private pilot license, of which a portion must have been logged within the last 4 months
  • Applicant must have passed the written portion of the exam for the rating for which they are training
  • Applicant must hold a current medical certificate

Details - http://www.slo99s.org/

Scioto Valley Ninety-Nines Alice Jackson Flight Scholarship
Each year the Scioto Chapter 99s (Columbus and Central Ohio) awards a scholarship to honor the memory of Alice Jackson, a balloon pilot and member of the chapter. This scholarship is awarded to an Ohio woman who is interested in aviation to help her fund the training necessary for a balloon or airplane rating or license. The requirements for eligibility for a woman interested in obtaining a private pilot certificate (free balloon, airplane, or glider) are as follows:

  • must be a woman, age 18 or older
  • must be a resident of Ohio (six months or longer)
  • must have completed a minimum of 10 hours flight training

The requirements for a woman interested in obtaining an advanced airplane pilot rating or license are as follows:

  • must be a woman, with at least a private pilot license
  • must be resident of Ohio (six months or longer)
  • must be a current member of The 99s, Inc.
  • must possess a current medical certificate appropriate for the license or rating sought
  • must agree to begin training within three months of scholarship award
  • must complete training within two years of scholarship award.

Apps due Jan 15th. Get more information at http://www.99s-sciotovalley.org/  

Tucson 99s flight Scholarships                                                           This scholarship is available as an aid in funding a private, instrument or commercial certificate. 2008 awards were for $3,000 each

  • Applicant shall have a current medical appropriate to the rating goal. 
  • The applicant must have passed the written exam appropriate to the rating sought before money is awarded, but not necessarily before application is submitted.
  • English proficiency
Applications are due April 1st. For more information visit- http://www.tucson99s.org/6.html  

Women In Aviation International
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for men and women who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. While many WAI scholarships are for females only, some are not so restricted.

  • Must be a WAI member to apply 
  • Men may apply providing the awards to open to males 
  • Applicants may only apply to 2 awards annually

At one annual WAI Conference, 60 women and men were awarded a total of nearly $700,000 in scholarships. Here is a past listing of awards (actual scholarships vary by year): 

Airbus A320 Type Rating Certificate Scholarships - $31,000
Airbus Leadership Grant - $5,000 each
Airline Ground Schools, Inc. - $3,000
Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship - $2,500 each
Bombardier Lear Jet 31A pilot type rating Scholarship - $22,000 each
Bombardier Lear Jet Maintenance Training Scholarship - $9,360
CAE SimuFlite Citation Corporate Aircraft Training Scholarship - $5,000
Cessna "Earn a Private Pilot's Certificate" Scholarship - $7,000
Cessna Scholarship for Citation Encore Type Rating - $18,800
Commercial Airline Pilot Airline/Jet Transition Course Scholarship - $22,495
Continental Airlines 737 Flight Training Scholarships - $8,000 each
Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation Scholarship - $1,000
Delta Air Lines Boeing B737-800 Type Rating Certificate Scholarships - $35,000 each
Delta Connection Academy Scholarship - $5,000
Elisha Hall Memorial Scholarships - Wright Chapter - $1,000
Express Jet Airlines Regional Jet Transition Course - $15,000
FedEx Express Flight Scholarship - $2,500
FlightSafety CAPT-WAI Scholarship - $22,495
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It Scholarship - $500
Kathy K. Hodgkins Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Keep Flying Scholarship 2008 - $1,000
Lockheed Martin - $1,000 each
New Horizons Memorial Scholarship - $1,000; $300; $300
R-W Foundation - $1,000
Ride the Sun - $500
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Type Rating Scholarships - $35,000 each
Spirit of Aviation Scholarship - $1,200
Telex Flight Training Scholarship - $900
United Airlines 737 Type Rating Scholarship - $33,000 each
WAI Washington State Chapter Scholarship - $1,000
Women in Aviation, International Achievement Award -$750 each
Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship - $2,000
Women Military Aviators - Dream of Flight Scholarship - $2,500
Chuck Yeager Foundation WAI Scholarship Award - $1,000