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Northwest Section
of The Ninety-Nines
The international organization of women pilots.

Scholarships

We give the following awards to honor the women who have been a part of our Ninety-Nines flying history, and to inspire us all to continue in the great tradition and spirit of this group.

Nominations are due by July 15 of each year to the respective chairs.

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) was established in 1940 to help members attain specific and realistic goals in their advancement toward aviation/aerospace accomplishments.

These goals may qualify for or further an aviation-related profession or charitable cause. Financial need must be demonstrated in order to progress toward a goal. (The Vicki Cruse Scholarship is excluded from this requirement.) One pilot training course, certificate or rating can be applied for at a time. The Fund is intended to extend opportunities to as many members as possible, although current or past scholarship winners may submit application for any scholarship or award for which they are eligible, and may be awarded scholarships in consecutive years.

How To Apply:

Complete details and eligibility requirements can be obtained at www.Ninety-Nines.org.

Past Recipients of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund:

2021: Meredith Datena

Columbia Cascade chapter, Multi-Engine add on

2020: Autumn Eels

Oregon Pines chapter, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Associate's

2020: Jiah Sims

Columbia Cascade chapter, Multi-Engine add on

2020: Magali Lewis

Columbia Cascade chapter, Citation 525(s) type rating

2018: Julie Lyn Baker

Greater Seattle chapter, Academic

2018: Sheryl Fisher

Columbia Cascade chapter, CFI

2018: Laura Lloyd

Columbia Cascade chapter, Multi-Engine rating

2018: Ashley Taylor

Idaho chapter, Commercial

2017: Sheri "Sharki" Kontra

Idaho Chapter, Multi-engine

2017: Tosha Cypher
Mat-Su Valley Chapter, CFI helicopter
2017: Alana Erickson
Idaho Chapter, ME Commercial add-on

Mountain Flying/Backcountry Scholarship

This was a one-time scholarship. The Northwest Section donated the money for this scholarship in the name of the Montana Chapter to honor them for their great job hosting the 2013 International 99s conference in Bozeman.

Past Recipient of the Mountain Flying/Backcountry Scholarship:

2015: Cindy Fritz
Cindy is active in the Idaho Aviation Association's efforts to maintain backcountry airstrips.

Northwest Section Scholarship

The Northwest Section Scholarship fund was created in 2013 from funds that the Section held in investment accounts. The scholarship is awarded annually for $1,000 or the amount requested, whichever is less. Examples are flight review, emergency maneuver training, ground school, components of student pilot training, floatplane rating, instrument proficiency check, or tailwheel instruction. Scholarship monies can be applied toward aviation expenses greater than $1,000, such as an additional rating or course of study, if the applicant clearly states there are sufficient funds from other sources to complete her training.

How To Apply:

The Northwest Section Scholarship 2022 application due date was February 28, 2022, and the award was announced at the Spring Board of Directors Meeting on April 9, 2022. Please read the full instructions as well as the "Tips for Applying for the Northwest Section Scholarship" available on this website's 99s Fly! blog. Work with your chapter's scholarship chair to create the best application package possible. Note: The essay is now strictly limited to 500 words. Your package must include a recommendation letter from your chapter chairman and supporting information listed in the instructions page of the application below. All information is to be submitted in one file to the NW Section Scholarship Chair, Teresa Bubb, nwsectionscholarship@gmail.com. Questions, contact Teresa Bubb at nwsectionscholarship@gmail.com.

Scholarship Application - PDF Format Northwest Section Scholarship Application

Past Recipients of the Northwest Section Scholarship:

2022: Jenna Breen

Jenna, a Greater Seattle 99s chapter member, will use her award towards her Commercial rating.

2021: Sheri “Sharki” Kontra

Sharki of Idaho chapter plans to use the scholarship to pay for her CFII. Before she completed her private pilot license, chapter member Sherry Kandle interviewed her.

2020: Mandy Schmidt

Mandy, a Columbia Cascade chapter member, trained for and completed her private pilot license.

2019: Karen Didisse

Karen Didisse of Idaho Chapter trained for and received her private pilot license.

2018: Cindy Repp

Cindy Repp of Intermountain Chapter will fly her initial cross country flight for the private certificate.

2018: Cindy Fritz

Cindy Fritz of the Idaho Chapter will train for her instrument rating.

2017: Candyce Goudey
Candyce Goudey of the Intermountain Chapter will train for her CFI rating.
2017: Laura Lloyd

Laura Lloyd of Columbia Cascade Chapter used her scholarship for an instrument rating. She achieved this on September 15, 2017 and is still going strong: on October 25, 2017 Laura earned her commercial certificate!

2016: Li Yang

Li Yang of the Columbia Cascade chapter planned to use her scholarship for floatplane training. She currently flies for SkyWest and actively mentors other pilots.

2016: Miranda Edwards
Miranda Edwards of the Montana chapter used her scholarship for training for her instrument rating.
2015: Vanessa Nelson
Vanessa Nelson of the Oregon Pines chapter was the recipient of our first Northwest Section Scholarship. She flies the J3 Cub that belonged to her dad, which she restored in 2011. Vanessa will use her scholarship for skiplane instruction.

Patty Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Patty worked as a substitute teacher to pay for flying lessons. After quickly earning her private, commercial, instrument, and CFI certificates, she became one of Montana’s first smokejumper pilots. Later, she flew charters and borrowed money to earn a type rating on a Citation. She interviewed in 1987-88 with several airlines and ran into gender discrimination barriers, but kept trying. Finally, she was hired by United Airlines in 1988 on the basis of her “thinking out of the box” during communication emergencies. She was one of 200 women out of 8500 pilots. Discrimination and harassment made it difficult, but she never gave up. She flew 727s, eventually earning a type rating in the 747, which she loved to fly. Patty retired from United at age 60. She continued flying, instructing, and mentoring, and was an aviation friend, leader, and active member of the 99s until her passing in 2021.


The purpose of this annual scholarship is to support women pilots in the continued pursuit of aeronautical skills, both professionally and recreationally.



  • It is open to any NW Section Ninety-Nines member seeking to increase proficiency or regain currency by adding a new rating or certificate.

  • This scholarship IS available to student pilots for initial flight training in obtaining their private pilot certificate.


See the application for more details.

How To Apply:

The 2022 Patty Mitchell Memorial Scholarhship application period opens May 1. The application due date is June 1, 2022, and the award will be announced on July 1, 2022. Training must be complete by one year later. Please read and follow the full instructions in the application. Work with your chapter's scholarship chair to create the best application package possible. Note: The essay is strictly limited to 500 words. All information is to be submitted to the NW Section Scholarship Chair, Teresa Bubb, nwsectionscholarship@gmail.com.

Scholarship Application - PDF Format Patty Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Application

Past Recipient of the Patty Mitchell Memorial Scholarship:

2022: Boo Carter

Boo Carter has been a member of the Idaho Chapter of the 99s since late 2017. After receiving this year's Patty Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, she signed up with Silverhwawk Aviation in Caldwell, Idaho (KEUL) to get her CFI rating. She had taken all the CFI tests during the Covid shutdown in 2020, but they have expired and I will start over again. Since this is a school, she says, "I can go as fast as my life will allow."

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