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Whirly-Girls International Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2017

Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the winners of the 2017 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Committee made the announcement on March 5th at the Whirly-Girls International Annual Awards Banquet during the HAI Heli-Expo convention in Dallas, Texas. The Whirly-Girls awarded 16 scholarships to deserving female aviators, setting the bar for the entire helicopter industry, thanks to the support of aviation leaders.

Winners of the Whirly-Girls Scholarships are:

Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
Melissa Wnorowski (WG#1850)

Airbus Flight Training Scholarship
Cathleen Perdok (WG#1133)

Antipodean and Embry-Riddle Wire and Obstacle Environment Awareness Course Scholarship
Michelle Hovey (WG#1355)

Embry-Riddle Commercial Helicopter Pilot Ground School Course Scholarship
Sabine Buehlmann (WG#1363)

FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship
Jessica Kanellos (WG#1771)

Garmin GTN & G500/600 Course Scholarship
Melissa Hanthorn (WG#1877)

Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggle Initial Pilot Qualification Scholarship
Sarah Snell (WG#1701)

Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship
Sami Challburg (WG#1921) & Sherri Spagnola (WG#1357)

Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
Amy Hartt (WG#1941)

Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
Elena Dawson (WG#1932)

Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
Abigail Stogdale (WG#1878) & Sami Challburg (WG#1921)

Thurn-Herr Annual Advanced Training Scholarship
Chelsea Atwater (WG#1917)

Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
Megan Dukes (WG#1340)

Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship
Nancy Bradshaw

Sarah Dufton, Whirly-Girls Scholarship Director, stated, “We are so amazed and heartened by the support that we have received from our loyal supporters and the Helicopter Industry as a whole. These key partnerships are absolutely pivotal in the success of women in helicopter aviation.”.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was incorporated in 1974 to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their Auxiliaries, and is a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Initiated in 1968, the scholarship program has grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and development scholarships.

For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Sarah Dufton at scholarshipdir1@whirlygirls.org.

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Whirly-Girls Hosts Casino Night – All Proceeds Support the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2017

Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, is proud to announce that it will be hosting its first ever Casino Night this year at HAI’s HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas. All proceeds will go towards the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund.

Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1900 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are becoming increasingly active in helicopter aviation. The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was incorporated in 1974 to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their auxiliaries, and is a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Initiated in 1968, the scholarship program has grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and development scholarships.

To continue in the spirit of supporting Whirly-Girls and its mission, Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) has agreed to sponsor the Whirly-Girls Casino Night. The party will immediately follow the Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet at the Magnolia Hotel’s Pegasus Ballroom in Dallas, Texas on March 5 at 8 pm, and all are invited to attend. All proceeds raised will go towards funding the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, thereby further promoting women in the helicopter industry. For more details about Casino Night, please visit www.whirlygirls.org.

ERHC was started in 1977 and incorporated in 1979 by local helicopter pilots with an interest in IFR flight for rotorcraft. With an active community outreach program to address concerns of helicopter issues, it continues to dedicate its efforts to establish IFR helicopter routes and approaches. ERHC is an affiliate member of Helicopter Association International (HAI).

For more information about Whirly-Girls International, please visit www.whirlygirls.org.

For more information on Eastern Region Helicopter Council, please visit www.erhc.org.

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Whirly-Girls Provide Scholarship Opportunities with the Help of Aviation Industry Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2017

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce that 15 scholarships will be awarded to deserving female aviators in 2017, setting the bar for the entire helicopter industry.

Last year, the Whirly-Girls awarded a record-breaking number of 28 scholarships at their Annual Awards Banquet during HAI’s 2016 HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky with the generous support from aviation companies. This year, scholarship sponsors include Airbus, Antipodean Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FlightSafety International Inc., Garmin, Guidance Aviation, Night Flight Concepts, Oregon Aero, Robinson Helicopter Company, Survival Systems USA, Inc., Western Helicopters Inc., as well as private individuals.

Scholarship Director on the Whirly-Girls Board of Directors, Sarah Dufton, stated, “The Whirly-Girls cannot overemphasize how much we value these loyal sponsors and valued partnerships. The Whirly-Girls are excited to not only honor the winners of these amazing scholarships but all of the supporters who stand by our organization every step of the way.”

The scholarships will be awarded at the Magnolia Hotel’s Pegasus Ballroom in Dallas, Texas on March 5 at 6:30 pm during their Annual Awards Banquet. Immediately following the Banquet, the Whirly-Girls will host their first ever Casino Night! The proceeds from Casino Night go to support the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund. For more information, please visit www.whirlygirls.org.

Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was incorporated in 1974 to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their auxiliaries, and is a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Initiated in 1968, the scholarship program has grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and development scholarships.

For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Sarah Dufton at scholarshipdir1@whirlygirls.org.

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