The Ninety-Nines offers many local chapter and international scholarships to its members pursuing their aviation goals!

Adela Riek Scharr Scholarship

Award amount: $1000


  • Must be female currently enrolled full-time in an accredited institution of higher learning and be actively seeking a degree in an aviation-related career field. Academic programs may be engineering, sciences, liberal arts, business, as well as aircraft maintenance training. The applicant need not be a pilot, but determination of the relationship of the applicant's career plans to aviation is part of the selection process.

  • Have successfully completed a minimum of one (1) year in the academic program with an average grade of B or higher in the program-relevant courses.

  • Current Chapter Officers and Board members do not qualify for this scholarship.

  • Due Sept. 1st

To learn more --- Email the chapter at

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

Established in 1940 to help deserving members to further accomplishments, today the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund exceeds $4 million and provides:

  • Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships for licensed pilot members to advance in training and education in aviation and aerospace, including scholarships to complete additional pilot certificates and ratings, jet type ratings, college degrees, technical training and an Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship established in memory of 99 member Vicki Cruse.

  • Research Scholar Grants to add to the world's knowledge of women in aviation and aerospace.

  • First Wings Awards of up to $6000 towards completion of the recreational pilot, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate.

To learn more --- Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships

First Wings Award

The First Wings Awards are semiannual awards of up to $6,000 based on completion of specific training milestones. They are available to Student Pilot Members of The 99s who meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible, applicants must hold a student pilot certificate (or provide evidence that they meet their country's flight training requirement), have been an official Student Pilot Member three months prior to the application deadline, have logged 5 hours in the six months prior to the application deadline and show financial need.

To learn more --- First Wings Award

Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship

The Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship offers two annual scholarships to members of the North Central Section (“NCS”) under the auspices of The Chicago Area Chapter of the Ninety-Nines (“CAC”). Applicants must be a current member of The 99s and the NCS, and be in good standing with their chapter.

  • Advanced Certificate or Rating Scholarship awards $2,000 to be used to assist a 99 in the completion of an additional pilot certificate or rating. Applicants must be a current pilot with the appropriate medical certificate and must be approaching the flight time requirement for the desired rating or certificate.

  • Student Pilot Member Scholarship offers $1,000 to assist a Student Pilot Member toward completion of an initial pilot certificate in any aircraft. Applicants must have soloed and, if required for the pilot certificate sought, must have a current medical certificate and must have passed the written exam.

To learn more --- Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarships

Additional Scholarship Resources

Below are links to additional scholarship resources. These lists are not maintained or offered by the Ninety-Nines.

FAA Scholarship List

AOPA Scholarship List

EAA Scholarships

Women in Aviation Scholarships