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99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund Scholarships

The Ninety-Nines offer aviation scholarships through local chapters and through the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF, an endowed trust fund of more than $5.5 million which provides significant scholarship aid to women pilots and student pilots. The Fund has awarded over 1,100 scholarships providing over $11.5 million in scholarship aid for initial ratings, advanced ratings, academic degree and Research Scholar Grants, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams.

Entering students, as well as advanced students, who don’t yet have a pilot’s license may be also be interested in applying for AEMSF Fly-Now Awards, semi-annual grants of up to $6,000 toward an initial pilot rating for women who are learning to fly. Since October 2013, AEMSF has awarded over 225 Fly Now Awards. For the spring 2020 Fly Now Awards, applicants need to join the 99s as student members by January 1 and submit their applications by April 1. For the fall 2020 Fly Now Awards applicants need to join the 99s by July 1 and submit applications for the Fall Fly Now Awards by October 1. Additional Information and rules for applying for Fly Now Awards are available at

In addition to the Fly Now Scholarships, the AEMSF also offers scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate, rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training, tail wheel endorsements and all kinds of type ratings, including jet type ratings.  What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training. Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s. The Fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields.

Additional information about scholarships offered by the AEMSF can be found at .

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UAA Scholarships

The University Aviation Association (UAA) awards thousands of scholarships every year either directly or through UAA affiliates. Check the links often to check for updated deadlines and new scholarships. If you have any questions or need the SIU UAA number contact Dr. Pavel.

ATCA Scholarship

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