2019 Scholarship Recipients


From left to right: Tosha Cypher, Catriona Adam, Savanna Paulson, Ronnie Bogart, Holley Gardel, Amy Ehn, Joanna Forrester, Autumn Cabaniss, Sara Mazzarella, Pamela Garrity, Kelly Keane, Cara Brainard, Susanne Batesko, Margaret Bunge, Christina Marsaglia, Summerleigh Martin, Ivana Doverspike, Yasmina Platt, Krista Holstrom.
Not pictured: Nicole George, Renate Buchner, Lorena Knapp, Brianna Ludden, Suzireez Viljoen.

Congratulations to the 2019 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Recipients! Scholarships valued over $235,000 were awarded at the Annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet on March 3, 2019 during HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a record-breaking year for the Whirly-Girls.

Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, generous sponsors, Whirly-Girls and associate members, and donors, 24 scholarships were presented to deserving female aviators. This is the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

Recipients of the 2019 Whirly-Girls scholarships are as follows:

Joanna Forrester: Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
Sara Mazzarella: Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship
Holley Gardel: Airbus Flight Training Scholarship
Brianna Ludden: FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship
Autumn Cabaniss: Night Flight Concepts NVG Initial Qualification Scholarship
Pamela Garrity: Erickson Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
Cara Brainard: Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
Nicole George: Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
Lorena Knapp: Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarships
Catriona Adam, Yasmina Platt, Suzireez Viljeon: Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarships
Susanne Batesko, Kelly Keane: Garmin GTN & G500/600 Training Scholarships
Ronnie Bogart: Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
Renate Buchner, Margaret Bunge, Ivana Doverspike, Amy Ehn, Christina Marsaglia, Summerleigh Martin, Savanna Paulson: SUU Fueling the Future Flight Training Scholarship
Krista Holstrom: Thurn-Herr Annual Advanced Flight Training Scholarship
Tosha Cypher: Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial HELI-EXPO Scholarship

More information about these scholarships is available here.