Scholarship Offerings and Requirements

Whirly-Girls 2024 Scholarships

The list below includes scholarships for the Whirly-Girls 2024 scholarship season. 

You can apply for a scholarship here

Remember: the deadline is October 1, 2023. 

Please join us at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 in Anaheim, California where we will announce the scholarship recipients and celebrate their achievements.

To view the descriptions and requirements for each scholarship, please click its title below.

Are you an Associate member and unsure which scholarships apply to you? 

For student pilots, or pilots flying aircraft other than helicopters:

  • Whirly-Girls Initial or Add-On Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship
  • Bristow Group Initial Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship
  • Southern Utah University (SUU) Career Flight Training Scholarship

For maintenance technicians (Whirly-Girls who are also maintenance technicians may also apply):

  • Bell Training Academy Maintenance Scholarship
  • Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Full Airframe Maintenance Course Scholarship
  • Southern Utah University (SUU) and Whirly-Girls Breaking Barriers: Female Maintainers Scholarship

For Associates and Whirly-Girls:

  • Lora Trout Remembrance Initial or Commercial Training Scholarship
  • Garmin GTN & Flight Display Pilot Training Course Scholarship
  • Garmin Aviation Online Training Course Scholarship

Remember to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements!

Questions? Please contact the VP of Scholarships at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

 

Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
This scholarship is provided by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund with a total value of $8,000. This scholarship may be applied towards a Whirly-Girl upgrading or advancing her current helicopter rating.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Whirly-Girls Initial or Add-On Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship
FOR FEMALE STUDENT PILOTS OR FEMALE PILOTS RATED IN AIRCRAFT OTHER THAN HELICOPTERS. This scholarship, funded by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, is awarded to a female student pilot or certificated female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating and provides $8,000 to be awarded upon completion of her initial or add-on helicopter rating. 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024. If you are not currently an Associate member, you can join now.
Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial HELI-EXPO Scholarship
This scholarship 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 among female aviators. In commemoration of Jean’s love of meetings, also known as “hoverings,” one Whirly-Girl will receive a trip to join the Whirly-Girls for the Annual Awards Banquet and Whirly-Girls events at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California, February 25 - 29, 2024. The scholarship includes a HAI HELI-EXPO show pass with access to the expo floor, training seminars, and associated events; five nights’ shared accommodations; $600 travel and meal stipend, and a Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet ticket. This scholarship is valued up to $2400.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license. She must be a member in good standing at time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during the HAI HELI-EXPO event in 2024, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 25, 2023. Preference will be given to a Whirly-Girl who has not previously attended HAI HELI-EXPO.
Airbus Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) Training Scholarship
Sponsored by Airbus, this scholarship will give a deserving Whirly-Girl the opportunity to attend the Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) Course at the Airbus Helicopters North American Regional Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA. This is a two-day course that provides comprehensive IIMC and Unusual Attitude Recovery ground and flight training using Helisim LLC’s AS350 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). More information about this course is available here: https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/channel-specific/website-/us/training/pilot-courses/as350-h125/AS350-IIMC-course-POI.pdf. Course value is approximately $4,900.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
NEW THIS YEAR! Anastasia Mosquito Control District Ag Spray Scholarship
Sponsored by the Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County, Florida, this scholarship provides one Whirly-Girl with four days in a Mosquito Control District that will involve flying Bell 206B3 Jet Rangers dispersing dry larvicide, and possible NVG use if dispersing liquid adulticide at appropriate altitudes. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the agriculture industry and how to safely fly profiles at tree top height (day VFR) and/or 200 - 300 feet AGL. This scholarship will include around 4 - 6 hours of flight time in a Bell 206B3 Jet Ranger and is valued at approximately $4,800.

The applicant must hold a minimum of an FAA private rotorcraft certificate (or international equivalent) and FAA Class 2 medical certificate. Transport and meals are at the cost of the applicant, but lodging in a small on-site dorm can be included. This scholarship will need to take place during the season of April to November, 2024.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
NEW THIS YEAR! Bell Training Academy Maintenance Scholarship
Sponsored by Bell Training Academy, this scholarship provides an opportunity for a Whirly-Girl or Associate member to attend 505 B1.3 Field Maintenance course, which is two weeks at the Bell Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. This course covers description, function, operation and field maintenance tasks required to maintain helicopter airworthiness. Classroom and/or shop work in the following areas will be covered: system descriptions, airframe systems, equipment, fuel system/hydraulic system, structures, main rotor/main rotor drive system, tail rotor/tail rotor drive system, rotor flight controls, electrical system, and powerplant installation and rigging as related to the airframe. Course value is $8,850.

Requirements: the applicant must hold a valid airframe & powerplant (A&P) license (or international equivalent) or equivalent civil/military recognition document issued by the applicable National Authority and/or Regulatory Agency. Each 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed in accordance with Bell Training Academy's schedule and no later than December 31, 2024.
NEW THIS YEAR! Stewart ‘Stu’ Dietrick Memorial Scholarship -- Inadvertent IMC and Helicopter Upset Recovery Course
Sponsored by Bell Training Academy, this scholarship provides an opportunity for a Whirly-Girl to attend the Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) and Helicopter Upset Recovery Course at the Bell Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. The IIMC and Helicopter Upset Recovery Course has been developed so that following approximately 8 hours of procedural and theoretical training, pilots will have comprehensive knowledge of IIMC, Upset Recovery, and a thorough understanding of the avoidance techniques. The course will use the Bell 505 Flight Training Device to assist pilots in safely recognizing and avoiding the onset of IIMC. They will also learn and practice techniques to safely recover from IIMC and Unusual Attitudes. Course value is $6,350.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Bristow Group Initial Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship
FOR FEMALE STUDENT PILOTS CURRENTLY SEEKING AN INITIAL HELICOPTER CERTIFICATE. This scholarship, sponsored by Bristow Group, is awarded to a female student pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating and provides $5,000 to be awarded upon completion of her initial certificate. 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
If you are not currently an Associate member, you can join now.
NEW THIS YEAR! CAE S-76 Initial Training for Helicopter ATP Scholarship
Sponsored by CAE, this ATP scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl a full Sikorsky S-76 initial training course with the objective of completing her ATP helicopter checkride. This course includes at least 14 hours of flight training in their Sikorsky S-76C+ simulator, 43 hours of aircraft ground training, 8 hours of systems integration training as well as 2 hours for the oral practical test and 2-3 hours for the practical test in the simulator. Course value is approximately $22,000.

The applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of 14 CFR Section 61.153, and aeronautical knowledge of 14 CFR Section 61.155 and Section 61.161. Current or former military pilots may be eligible for an ATP certificate by meeting the military experience requirements under 61.73. The candidate will meet the requirements to sit for the ATP checkride in the helicopter, and the written exam must be completed prior to the start of the course. International applicants are welcome to apply but must hold an FAA certificate, meet the requirements shown above to enable the upgrade to ATP, and be able to obtain TSA clearance to be able to train in the USA.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot who meets the 14 CFR requirements laid out above. The applicant should clearly indicate in their submission how the training is expected to assist her in her helicopter aviation career. She must also 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 25, 2023. Please note that transport and expenses are not included, and scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.

Edward M. Thurn Memorial Scholarship
In its eighth year, the Edward M. Thurn Trust provides $15,000 to any Whirly-Girl to be applied toward upgrading her current helicopter rating. It may be applied toward commercial, instrument, flight instructor, airline transport pilot (ATP), night vision goggle (NVG) or turbine transition training to advance a candidate’s career.

Edward M. Thurn, a strong advocate for advancing women in the aviation industry, joined the US Army in 1966, earning his wings in 1967 at Ft. Wolters, Texas. He held rotorcraft ATP and fixed-wing private pilot ratings with 9600 hours of flight time in 19 different models of aircraft. His aviation experiences were many: serving in Vietnam as a Huey UH-1 pilot, working as an air traffic controller in Indianapolis, flying missions for spraying, moving cargo, acting as a medevac with Evergreen Helicopters, serving as a corporate transport pilot with Paramount Aviation, flying with the National Guard, and serving as a Captain for Colgate-Palmolive Corporation.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license. The applicant should clearly indicate in their submission how the training is expected to assist her in her helicopter aviation career. She must also 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Erickson & Volo Mission Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
This scholarship is sponsored by Erickson and Volo Mission to provide a career-minded Whirly-Girl who needs vertical reference/external load training for a flight position. This course includes 18 hours of flight time in the R44, 10 hours of classroom/ground instruction, and 3 hours of field operations instruction. She need not be turbine qualified. Training must be completed at Volo Mission in Campbell, Texas, and accommodation is included. This course is valued at $20,500.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a commercial pilot certificate/license with at least 1000 hours total time. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
FlightSafety International Bell 206/Bell 407 Scholarship (PENDING)
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. This training program includes initial or recurrent training, and includes focus on inadvertent IMC training in the Bell 206 or Bell 407 Flight Training Device. The five-day initial course consists of academic training and 6 hours in the FTD; the recurrent training is three days and 4.5 hours in the FTD. Training will be available at FlightSafety’s Helicopter Learning Center of Excellence in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Course value: $5,800.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Garmin GTN & Flight Display Pilot Training Course Scholarship
Garmin Aviation Training is providing THREE scholarships to Whirly-Girls or Associate members who wish to improve their knowledge in how to maximize the benefits of Garmin equipment capabilities and increase their confidence in the use and integration of Garmin equipment. Travel expenses including the cost of lodging, rental car, travel, and meal stipend will be coordinated and funded through the Garmin Aviation Training Department. International recipients will receive a flight stipend to assist with their travel costs. This course is valued at $750. Training will occur at Garmin!s headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. To learn more about this course, please visit https://www.garmin.com/en-US/ search/?query=gtn%20classes.

Requirements: the applicant must be a Whirly-Girl or 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024. If you are not currently a member, you can join now.
Garmin Aviation Online Training Course Scholarship
Garmin Aviation Training is providing TWO scholarships of the recipient!s choice for the GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning course, the G1000H NXi Fundamentals eLearning course, OR the G1000H NXi Advanced-IFR eLearning course. These courses provide comprehensive training on Garmin's aviation systems and devices for a variety of pilot usages and scenarios. Visit https:// www.garmin.com/en-US/search/?query=elearning to learn more about the value and applicability of each of these courses to your training and career.

Requirements: the applicant must be a Whirly-Girl or 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024. If you are not currently a member, you can join now.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Lora Trout Remembrance Initial or Commercial Training Scholarship
FOR FEMALE STUDENT PILOTS OR FEMALE PILOTS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS THEIR COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER RATING. Sponsored by Panhandle Helicopter Academy, this scholarship is in remembrance of Lora Trout, WG 2101. Lora, a wildland fire rapeller, was working toward her dream of one day becoming a fire pilot when she tragically lost her life in a helicopter accident. She flew for Panhandle Helicopters during the 2021 tour season and became part of the Panhandle Helicopter family. Lora made friends wherever she went and was quickly making a name for herself in the aviation community. Panhandle Helicopter Academy says is their pleasure to offer this scholarship in honor of such a special person who meant so much to them.

This scholarship is awarded to a Whirly-Girl or Associate member working towards achieving their Initial or Commercial Helicopter Rating and provides $6,000 in training to be conducted at Panhandle Helicopter Academy in Panama City Beach, FL. The applicant will be evaluated for evidence of intent to work in the helicopter industry and intent to complete the remainder of their helicopter ratings at Panhandle Helicopter Academy.

Requirements: The applicant must hold a minimum of an FAA Third Class Medical certificate. International applicants are welcome but are responsible for their Flight Training Security Program (FTSP) Application to be able to train in the USA. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation costs. She must be a Whirly-Girl or 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024. If you are not currently a member, you can join now.
Leading Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community College Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship
Sponsored by Leading Edge Flight Academy & Central Oregon Community College, this scholarship provides a Whirly-Girls the opportunity to receive helicopter instrument rating training. Leading Edge Flight Academy provides 21 hours of flight training in the Robinson R44 and 30 hours of ground instruction. 14 hours of flight training in an Advanced Aviation Training Device (simulator) will be provided by Central Oregon Community College. Training will take place in Bend, Oregon, USA. Course value is approximately: $18,475

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license. She must also 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Flight Training Scholarship
Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters, this scholarship provides TWO Whirly-Girls the opportunity to attend the AW139 factory type rating course in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leonardo provides this 22-day course, valued at $71,900. This comprehensive, in-person course includes all ground training, full flight simulator, flight, skills assessments, and much more. This course will commence at the end of April 2024; therefore, applicants must be available for training during this time.

Requirements: the applicant must hold a valid commercial helicopter pilot or airline transport pilot license (or international equivalent) and a class I or II medical certificate (or international equivalent). Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 1000 flight hours in helicopters and prior helicopter turbine experience. Transportation and lodging costs will be at the responsibility of the candidate during the duration of the course. Each 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed in accordance with Leonardo Helicopter’s training schedule and no later than December 31, 2024.
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Full Airframe Maintenance Course Scholarship
Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters, this scholarship provides FOUR Whirly-Girls the opportunity to attend the complete AW139 Airframe Maintenance Course. This training will take place at the Training Academy located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is valued at $45,700. Leonardo provides this 6-week course, which includes 4 weeks of in classroom theoretical training, and 2 weeks of hands-on training in the Maintenance Training Simulator (MTS).

Requirements: the applicant must hold a valid aircraft maintenance license (or international equivalent) or equivalent civil/military recognition document issued by the applicable National Authority and/or Regulatory Agency. Preference will be given to applicants with their full maintenance license; however, those with only airframe licenses will be considered. Applicants must be able to read/write and understand instructions in the English language and be available for training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the duration of the course. Transportation and lodging costs will be at the responsibility of the candidate. Each 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed in accordance with Leonardo Helicopter’s training schedule and no later than December 31, 2024.
MD Helicopters MD500 Flight Training Scholarship
Sponsored by MD Helicopters, this scholarship is awarded to a Whirly-Girl who possesses at least a private pilot helicopter certificate/license and has landing currency in helicopters. This training program includes initial type training, recurrent training, and inadvertent IMC training in the MD500. This five-day course consists of academic training and 5 hours of flight time. Training will be available at MD Helicopter Headquarters in Mesa, Arizona, USA. Course value: $10,000.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship
This remote learning, self-paced Crew Resource Management Instructor (CRMI) course, sponsored by Oregon Aero’s Randy Mains, will be awarded to TWO deserving Whirly-Girls. Recipients will be provided with a 300-page, color, CRMI manual along with a flash drive with over 5 GB of information, to include 14 digital PowerPoint instruction modules that follow the course manual, video clips, pictures, slides, and over 20 printable PDF files applicable to CRM subjects to facilitate the individuals’ self-study and future instruction when giving the course. Once the recipient has thoroughly studied all the material found in the manual fully, the course will culminate with 4 hours of instruction and to answer any questions via Zoom with Randy. The manual comes with a signed course certificate of completion. Preference will be given to applicants with a CFI certificate who have had some exposure to CRM course training.

Requirements: the applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private certificate/license. Each 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Palm Beach Helicopters CFI/CFII Rating Scholarship
Sponsored by Palm Beach Helicopters, this scholarship provides the opportunity to receive helicopter Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument training. Palm Beach Helicopters provides 45 hours of flight training in the Robinson R22 and 100 hours of ground instruction. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed prior training in the R22/R44 and attended the Robinson Safety Course. The applicant should be able to obtain an instructor SFAR 73 endorsement in the R22 and R44 by the end of CFI and CFII training. Upon completion of training, the candidate will be considered and must be interested in employment with Palm Beach Helicopters. Training will take place in Lantana, Florida, USA. Course value is approximately: $21,000.

Requirements: Each applicant must be a commercial helicopter pilot with instrument rating and maintain a flight weight of 200 lbs or less. She must also 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
PHI Aviation Bell 407 Scholarship
Sponsored by PHI Aviation, this scholarship provides TWO Whirly-Girls the opportunity to attend a Bell 407 Flight Training Course valued at $10,000. This five-day course includes 20 hours of ground school and 6 hours of flight training completed at FlightSafety International in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a tour of the PHI headquarters facility. This comprehensive, simulation-based course is designed to meet the professional training needs of all Bell 407 operators and provides instruction in the following subject areas: aircraft systems, hydraulics/flight controls, avionics, flight planning, performance, and much more.

Requirements: the applicant must be a commercial helicopter pilot with an instrument rating and a class I or II medical certificate. Preference will be given to those applicants who have at least 1200 flight hours in helicopters and are interested in working in the offshore oil industry. Each 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
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. 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 scholarship is open to any rated helicopter pilot who has at least 5 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. Course valued at $3,750.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license, preferably with an instrument rating, who is working towards their flight instructor certificate. The applicant must have at least 5 hours of model specific (R22/R44) Robinson Helicopter time. She must also 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
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. RHC provides this 3.5-day course in Torrance, CA, USA, which includes an hour of flight with a safety instructor and 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 the Robinson R66 helicopter. A Robinson safety course is required by most insurance companies. Course valued at $5,270.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a commercial pilot certificate/license, preferably with an instrument rating, and is working towards their flight instructor certificate. The applicant must have at least 3 hours of model specific (R66) Robinson Helicopter time. She must also 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Southern Utah University (SUU) Career Flight Training Scholarship
Southern Utah University (SUU) is providing a scholarship to a woman interested in attending the university’s aviation program. This is an initial flight training scholarship that will provide a female student with a total of $20,000 to be used for flight training while attending SUU.

The recipient will begin flight training during the 2024-2025 school year at SUU and must complete her first solo in helicopters during her first semester. After successful completion of her first semester, the recipient will receive $10,000 to be applied to her second semester, during which she will complete her private pilot certification. During her third semester, the recipient will complete her instrument rating and then receive the second $10,000 to apply to her fourth semester, where she will complete her commercial rating.

Requirements: each applicant must be a United States citizen and must have NO prior helicopter ratings. Applicants must have the intention of completing all helicopter ratings and the college degree program at SUU. She 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 as an Associate no later than September 25, 2023. She will be required to enroll at Southern Utah University no later than June 2024, to begin flight training during the 2024-2025 school year. If you are not currently an Associate member, you can join now.
NEW THIS YEAR! Southern Utah University (SUU) and Whirly-Girls Breaking Barriers: Female Maintainers Scholarship
Southern Utah University (SUU) is collaborating with the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund to provide TWO women with the opportunity to pursue studies in the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) field. These scholarships are specifically designed to empower aspiring female students and propel them towards successful careers in aviation maintenance. Each scholarship has a total value of $5,000, which will be evenly divided across five semesters, amounting to $1,000 per semester.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must gain admission to the AMT Program at Southern Utah University showcasing their dedication to pursuing studies in this field. Applicants must also demonstrate strong academic achievement by maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 throughout the scholarship’s duration.

The recipient must commit to enrolling in the AMT Program during the 2024-2025 academic year and must not defer or postpone any semester within the program’s duration. Continuous enrolment is a crucial requirement to remain eligible for the scholarship.


Requirements: each applicant must be a United States Citizen and must have the intention of completing the AMT program at SUU. She 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 as an Associate no later than September 25, 2023. She will be required to enroll at Southern Utah University no later than June 2024, to begin training during the 2024-2025 school year.If you are not currently an Associate member, you can join now.
Survival Systems USA Aviation Survival & Egress Training
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. This scholarship, valued at $1,890, is provided by Survival Systems USA. Each pilot taking this course should have at least a private pilot helicopter certificate/license and is required to have no physical limitations that would prevent her from participating in strenuous physical training and compressed air training. Training will take place at Survival Systems USA in Groton, Connecticut, USA.

Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license. She 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 25, 2023. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2024.