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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2018
UPDATED August 29, 2018

Whirly-Girls Opens 2019 Scholarship Season

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2019 scholarship season. Deserving female aviators can apply for over $100,000 of helicopter flight training and educational scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity. Applications are due October 15.

This year, scholarship sponsors include Airbus, Erickson Inc., FlightSafety International, Garmin, Night Flight Concepts, Oregon Aero, Robinson Helicopter Company, Southern Utah University, Survival Systems USA, Western Helicopters Inc., and many private individuals. Awards are available for both experienced and newly-minted pilots and examples include classes in turbine transition, software use, commercial flight training, and a helicopter add-on rating.

Whirly Girls Vice President of Scholarships, Alison Martin, stated, “When the original thirteen members of the Whirly-Girls founded this organization, they were the only female helicopter pilots in the world. They envisioned a place where female pilots could find support and camaraderie and help one another succeed. Today, our group has grown to over 2000 members but, despite this growth, females still comprise fewer than 6% of pilots. This cripples our industry, and our sponsors provide these career-building scholarships in an effort to advance women and aid the growth of aviation. Every female pilot owes it to herself to apply.”

Scholarship applications are available at www.whirlygirls.org/scholarships/apply-now and are due October 15, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded in March at the Annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, GA. Winners receive a stipend to attend. 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 Alison Martin at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2018
UPDATED August 27, 2018

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls International
to Promote Female Helicopter Pilots

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant dollar amount to the 2019 awards and will help to produce the largest scholarship program in the Whirly-Girls’ 63-year history.

“There’s no possible way for current aviation infrastructure to meet the global demand for helicopter pilots,” said Michael Mower, Executive Director of SUU Aviation and Chief Flight Instructor. “Our scholarship contribution to the Whirly-Girls program will help promote female helicopter pilots in an effort to resolve the pilot shortages the helicopter industry faces.”

SUU Aviation and the Whirly-Girls will each leverage their unique resources with the common goal of recruiting more female students to the rotor wing industry. Women comprise only 6% of pilots in the United States, and increasing that number is a necessary component of solving the country’s pilot shortage. These scholarships will provide aviation-minded women with the resources to attend helicopter flight school while also connecting them with the mentorship and camaraderie of the Whirly-Girls organization.

The scholarships will be offered for the commercial/instrument rotorcraft flight lab at SUU Aviation. Scholarship recipients will also receive airfare, hotels, and tickets to the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO, an annual global helicopter conference where they will make connections with other industry professionals.

“The SUU Aviation program is a solid program for helicopter flight training,” explains Joni Schultz, President of Whirly-Girls International. “When we combine our strengths of mentoring with the possibilities provided by the SUU program, our ability to fuel the future of women in the helicopter industry grows immeasurably.” Scholarships such as these help to ease of the costs of helicopter flight training and provide a path to achieve a dream.

SUU Aviation offers training in rotor wing (helicopter) and fixed wing (airplane) aviation. The Professional Pilot Program offers certificates and ratings ranging from private pilot to certified flight instructor. Training takes place at the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah.

Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. d/b/a Whirly-Girls International is a nonprofit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. They provide mentorship, scholarship, and networking opportunities to over 2,050 members representing 49 countries.

Scholarship applications will be available in August and are due October 15. For more information, visit the Whirly-Girls website at www.whirlygirls.org or the SUU Aviation website at suu.edu/aviation.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2018

Whirly-Girls Announces 2018 Conference Scholarship Recipients

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that six women have been chosen as recipients for the 2018 mid-year scholarships. Helicopter pilots Melissa Hanthorn, Samantha Hansen, Amy Hartt, Heather Dingman, Kelly Murphy, and Tosha Cypher each received a scholarship to attend one of three industry-leading conferences: The HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, or HAI HELI-EXPO. Attendees at these conferences have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, strengthen their networks, and increase aviation safety.

CHC Helicopter and Collective Magazine generously sponsored two scholarships to the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas, Texas this October. Independent judges chose Flight Instructor Samantha Hansen of Hawaii and Aviator Melissa Hanthorn of Missouri to receive these scholarships. Launched in 2004, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit is aimed at sharing education and best practices in aviation safety. Both women will also participate in a Human Factors Safety Course following the conference.

Pilot Amy Hartt of Washington, Instructor Heather Dingman of Alaska, and Instructor Kelly Murphy of New York will be attending the 2-day HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar and Job Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada in November. Their admission is sponsored by Rotorcraft Pro Media Network. The HeliSuccess conference provides lower-time pilots, or those in a transition stage in their career, the opportunity for learning and networking and gives them inside information that can provide a competitive edge in the helicopter industry hiring process. The HeliSuccess Job Fair, on the last day of the seminar, consistently results in the employment of dozens of helicopter pilots.

The fifth scholarship, The Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial HELI-EXPO Scholarship, is awarded to Commercial Pilot Tosha Cypher of Alaska. Provided by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, the Jean Tinsley estate, and HAI, Ms. Cypher will be attending the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia where she will have access to all Whirly-Girls Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet activities and one HAI professional education class of her choice. This scholarship was founded in memory of Jean Tinsley, WG #118, who was a strong advocate of camaraderie and mentorship amongst female aviators.

Whirly-Girls Vice President of Scholarships, Alison Martin, explained, “Helping female aviators attend these conferences provides them with access to expertise and connections that may not be available in their current positions. This strengthens the entire industry by providing employers with a stronger talent pool and by increasing the diversity of commercial pilots.”

Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Alison Martin at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2018

Whirly-Girls Mid-Year Scholarship Cycle Enters Last Week

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that they are entering the last week of applications for the 2018 mid-year scholarship season. This mid-year scholarship cycle focuses on providing five women with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, or HAI HELI-EXPO. These awards are suitable for female aviators at all career stages as well as those reentering the industry. Applications are due by May 21st.

For lower-time pilots or those in a transition phase of their career, Rotorcraft Pro Media Network is sponsoring admission for two deserving Whirly-Girls to attend the 2-day HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar and Job Fair in October, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference provides an opportunity for learning and networking and the inside information obtained here can give them a competitive edge in the helicopter industry hiring process.

CHC and Collective Magazine are each generously offering an all-expenses paid scholarship to the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas, Texas this October. Launched in 2004, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit is aimed at sharing education and best practices in aviation safety. These scholarships include conference attendance fee, a 2-day HFACS course (taking place immediately before or after the summit), flight, accommodations, and meals. This conference is suitable for more experienced pilots or those with a strong interest in safety.

The fifth scholarship available is provided by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund and the Jean Tinsley estate. Jean Tinsley, WG #118, was a strong advocate of camaraderie and mentorship amongst female aviators. In commemoration of Jean’s love of meetings, also known as “hoverings,” one Whirly-Girl will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia.

Whirly-Girls Vice President – Scholarships, Alison Martin, stated, “In the helicopter industry, knowledge and networking are key to career progression. Helping female aviators attend these conferences provides them with access to expertise and connections that may not be available in their current positions. This strengthens the talent pool of the entire industry and benefits everyone.”

Scholarship applications are available at www.whirlygirls.org and are due May 21, 2018.

Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Alison Martin at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPDATED May 1, 2018

Whirly-Girls Release Five Mid-Year Scholarship Opportunities

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 mid-year scholarship season. This mid-year scholarship cycle focuses on providing five women with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, or HAI HELI-EXPO. These awards are suitable for female aviators at all career stages as well as those reentering the industry. The application deadline has been extended to May 21.

For lower-time pilots or those in a transition phase of their career, Rotorcraft Pro Media Network is sponsoring admission for two deserving Whirly-Girls to attend the 2-day HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar and Job Fair in October, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference provides an opportunity for learning and networking and the inside information obtained here can give them a competitive edge in the helicopter industry hiring process.

CHC and Collective Magazine are each generously offering an all-expenses paid scholarship to the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas, Texas this October. Launched in 2004, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit is aimed at sharing education and best practices in aviation safety. These scholarships include conference attendance fee, a 2-day HFACS course (taking place immediately before or after the summit), flight, accommodations, and meals. This conference is suitable for more experienced pilots or those with a strong interest in safety.

The fifth scholarship available is provided by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund and the Jean Tinsley estate. Jean Tinsley, WG #118, was a strong advocate of camaraderie and mentorship amongst female aviators. In commemoration of Jean’s love of meetings, also known as “hoverings,” one Whirly-Girl will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting at the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia.

Whirly-Girls Vice President – Scholarships, Alison Martin, stated, “In the helicopter industry, knowledge and networking are key to career progression. Without malice, women are still sometimes left on the outside of networking circles. Helping female aviators attend these conferences provides them with access to expertise and connections that may not be available in their current positions. This strengthens the talent pool of the entire industry and benefits everyone.”

Scholarship applications are available at www.whirlygirls.org and are due May 21, 2018.

Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Alison Martin at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2018

Whirly-Girls International Reveals 2018 Scholarship Winners

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 2018 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships were awarded February 25 at the Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet during HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 21 scholarships were bestowed upon deserving female aviators, the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

Winners of the 2018 Whirly-Girls Scholarships are:

 
“Women hold only 6% of pilot certificates. This represents missed opportunity in talent and diversity of thought for the helicopter industry,” said Alison Martin, Whirly-Girls Vice President of Scholarships. “With the help of our sponsors, we are providing mentorship and training that will result in great advancement for our aviation sector. These 19 women embody an exciting promise of future change and innovation.”

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was incorporated to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their Auxiliaries. Initiated in 1968, the scholarship program has grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and development scholarships valued today in excess of $90,000.

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

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