Scholarship Offerings and Requirements

Air Evac Lifeteam Bell Factory Flight Training Scholarship Winners (2015): (l) WG#1714 Banu Cole, WG#1822 Savannah Christy
2016 Scholarship Winners at Awards Banquet

Whirly-Girls 2017 Scholarships

These scholarships have been awarded. Some, possibly all, may be awarded again in 2018. Please come back soon as this year’s scholarships will be posted soon. Applications are usually due by October 1st.
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Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship: This scholarship is provided by the WGSF, Inc., and combines the Phelan International and Doris Mullen Flight Training Scholarships.
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This scholarship is given in memory of our founder, Jean, and her husband, Jim Phelan, along with the memory of Doris Mullen who lost her life in a Fixed Wing accident in 1968.  This scholarship provides $8,000 to ANY Whirly-Girl to be applied towards upgrading or advancing her current helicopter rating.  (It is typically applied toward Commercial, Instrument, Instructor, ATP, or Turbine Transition Training.)  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship: FOR FEMALE PILOTS RATED IN AIRCRAFT OTHER THAN HELICOPTERS. This scholarship, funded by the WGSF, Inc., is awarded to a certificated female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating and provides $8,000 to be applied towards earning her add-on helicopter rating.
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The applicant will be evaluated for evidence of intent to work in the helicopter industry. Requirements: the applicant must be an associate member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship: This scholarship is provided in memory of Keiko Minakata, WG #1339.

The scholarship gives a deserving Whirly-Girl the skills to cope with turbulence, rugged terrain, and landing zone selection in mountainous and canyon areas, with special emphasis placed on decision making.
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It also provides the skill needed to fly all sorts of private and commercial helicopter missions that require off-airport landings anywhere in the country, regardless of altitude or terrain.  It’s a real confidence-builder, especially if the pilot has very little experience in off-road operations.  It includes a ½ day extensive ground school with 5 hours of flight time.  The pilot taking this course should have 250 rotorcraft hours and need not be qualified or current in the MD500 series or the Schweizer/Hughes 300 series.  Training will be at Western Helicopters Inc., Rialto, California, USA.  Value $5,000 plus.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Airbus Flight Training Scholarship: Sponsored by Airbus, this scholarship will give a Whirly-Girl the opportunity to attend an AS350 Turbine Transition Course at the Airbus Factory School in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA.
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This is a 5-day course that provides both ground school and flight training for the AS350.  Course value is approximately $14,000.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Antipodean Aviation and Embry-Riddle Wire and Obstacle Environment Awareness Course Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a Whirly-Girl who wishes to increase her knowledge in how to conduct safe operations in the low-level environment.
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This course, provided by Antipodean Aviation and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is valued at $220 and is a self-guided online course.  The course is relevant to all operating areas around the world, but discusses specifically FAA, CASA, and EASA/JAA regulatory requirements in relation to low-level flight operations. Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Embry-Riddle Commercial Helicopter Pilot Ground School Course Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a Whirly-Girl who is seeking to achieve her Commercial Pilot Helicopter certificate.
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This 15-week advanced online instructor-facilitated course, valued at $950 and offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will provide the necessary information to prepare a Whirly-Girl for the FAA Commercial Pilot – Helicopter Knowledge Exam.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship:

Sponsored by FlightSafety International, this scholarship is awarded to a Whirly-Girl who possesses at least a Private Pilot Helicopter certificate and has landing currency in helicopters.
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This training program includes initial type training, recurrent training, and inadvertent IMC training using the world’s first Bell 206 FAA Level 7 qualified Flight Training Device.  This five-day course consists of academic training and 6 hours in the FTD.  Training will be available at FlightSafety’s Helicopter Learning Center of Excellence in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.  Course value $10,000.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Garmin GTN & G500/600 Course Scholarship:

This scholarship will be awarded to a Whirly-Girl who wishes to increase her knowledge in how to maximize the benefits of Garmin equipment capabilities and to be confident in operation and integration of Garmin equipment as part of their flight operations.
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This course, provided by Garmin Aviation Training, is valued at $795.  Location of the Garmin course is dependent on the course date attended by the recipient.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggles Initial Pilot Qualification Scholarship:

Sponsored by Night Flight Concepts, this scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl an initial Night Vision Goggles (NVG) endorsement for a flight position, such as airborne law enforcement and airborne EMS to a variety of government agencies.
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The course, valued at $12,000, will provide 8 hours of ground instruction and approximately 6 hours of flight training in a Robinson R66 turbine helicopter.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2016.  The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or holder of a green card (permanent resident).  Applicant must possess a current Commercial and Instrument Helicopter Rating and a current Class II Medical, and preferably have 50 hours of unaided night flight. The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship: This 5-day, 40-hour Crew Resource Management Instructor (CRMI) course, sponsored by Oregon Aero’s Randy Mains, Chief CRM/AMRM Safety Instructor, will be provided to a deserving Whirly-Girl.
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This course will be held at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa in Sidney, Vancouver Island, Canada on January 13-17, 2017.  The CRMI course, valued at $2,000, follows the recommendations of the FAA, Transport Canada, EU-OPS, JAR ICAO, EASA UK CAA, and CAMTS and will assist the recipient in becoming a CRM Instructor within her organization.  Preferred applicants will have a CFI and have had some exposure to CRM that is, have taken a class. Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017. The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship:

Sponsored by Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), this scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl currently flying Robinsons the opportunity to attend the R22/R44 Safety Course and build either R22 or R44 time.
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RHC provides this 3.5-day course in Torrance, CA, USA, which includes an hour of flight with a safety instructor and sponsors an additional 4 hours of either R22 or R44 flight time (5 total hours).  The course includes 3.5 days of classroom instruction in the following subject areas: accident review, causes of fatal accidents, awareness training, SFAR 73, and Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) review.  One day is devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced RHC safety pilot.  A tour of the Robinson Factory is also included.  The course is open to any rated helicopter pilot who has at least 3 hours in the R22 or R44 helicopter, one hour of which was flown within 30 days prior to attending the course.  This course is required by most insurance companies and serves as a CFI refresher.  Course valued at $3,000.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

NEW FOR 2017: Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship:

Sponsored by Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), this scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl currently flying Robinsons the opportunity to attend the R66 Safety Course and build R66 time.
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RHC provides this 3.5-day course in Torrance, CA, USA, which includes an hour of flight with a safety instructor and sponsors an additional 4 hours of R66 flight time (5 hours total R66 flight time).  The course includes 3.5 days of classroom instruction in the following subject areas: accident review, causes of fatal accidents, awareness training, SFAR 73, Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) review, R66 systems, and the Rolls Royce engine.  One day is devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced RHC safety pilot.  A tour of the Robinson Factory is also included.  The course is open to any rated helicopter pilot who has at least 3 hours in any type of Robinson helicopter model, one hour of which was flown within 30 days prior to attending the course.  A Robinson safety course is required by most insurance companies and serves as a CFI refresher.  Course valued at $4,500.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship: Survival Systems USA offers this course to two deserving Whirly-Girls to learn the knowledge and skills to react in an aircraft-ditching emergency, care for themselves in a sea survival situation, and to participate to the maximum extent in their rescue.
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These two scholarships, each valued at $1,400, are provided by Survival Systems USA and The pilots taking this course should have at least a Private Pilot Helicopter certificate and are required to have no physical limitations that would prevent them from participating in strenuous physical training.  Training will take place at Survival Systems USA in Groton, Connecticut, USA.  Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20th, 2017.  The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2018.

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Whirly-Girls Scholarship Selection Factors & Eligibility

In evaluating scholarship applications, the judges look for evidence that you have a set goal in mind for the scholarship training, that there is a good probability that you will succeed, that you will go on to reap benefits from your training, and that you are the type of person that someday will share your talents with others.

Judges look for evidence of the following:

Goal for the flight training specified.

Experience, service to others, and what others have to say about you through your letters of recommendation.

Achievements in life, particularly in aviation and the helicopter industry.

Attitude toward self and others, as shown through the entire application package.

Neatness, ability to follow instructions, completeness and accuracy of your application.

Reliability, motivation, and commitment to success as shown through prior employment, jobs and activities, and service to others.

Dedication to your career as shown through prior employment, especially in the helicopter industry.

Ability to accept responsibility and teamwork as shown through prior jobs and activities.

Financial need.

 

 

  • Scholarship winners must provide the scholarship committee a plan to use the scholarship prior to December 31 of the year the scholarship was awarded.

 

  • Winners are also asked to write an article for the Collective Pitch newsletter about their scholarship experience and volunteer at least 5 hours for the Whirly-Girls.

 

  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD.