The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships

Fall First Wings and 2023 AE Scholarship instructions and applications are in the Member Area of the website.

Each year Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships are usually awarded to qualified members for five different scholarship types, including two specialized scholarships: an Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship and an International Scholarship for pilots in developing countries.  In addition, the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) provides Research Scholarship Grants and, for Student Pilot members, the First Wings Awards. 99s members and other individuals have donated to the Fund through their estate bequests, individual gifts, and the Perpetual Scholarship program. Since 1941, the AEMSF has awarded over 800 scholarships plus more than 300 awards to student pilots working toward their first certificate. The amount awarded for these scholarships, including Research Scholar Grants and Fly Now/First Wings Awards exceeds $12 Million. The AEMSF’s investment account is currently valued at over $6 Million.

Fall First Wings applications are due October 1, 2022

Applicants must be Student Pilot Members for three months prior to the First Wings submission deadline and have logged five hours flight time within the preceding six months. Award is up to $6,000 for specific milestones as they are achieved. Instructions and application are available in the Members Only area. Click on Join 99s to become a member.

AE Scholarship Application Deadline is January 1, 2023

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
Up to $20,000 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.

Academic Scholarship
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: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral 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.

Technical Training Scholarship
Up to $20,000 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.

Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship 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, an internationally known aerobatic pilot, 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.


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