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16 March 2021

2022 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Recipients

From
left: Diana Arias, Amory Harris, Elizabeth Leidenheimer, Rebecca
Torres, Sarah Trask, Michelle Lambert, Cecily Olsen, Courtney Guinan,
Hannah Santamaria, Dierdre Ratigan, Lora Trout
Not pictured: Mariah Dugan, Leah Murphy

 

Whirly-Girls International Reveals 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls
Scholarship Fund Inc., a non-profit, educational, and charitable
organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation
industry, has announced the recipients of the 2022 Whirly-Girls
Scholarship Awards. The scholarships were awarded March 6, 2022 at the
Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas,
Texas. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 18 scholarships were
bestowed upon deserving female aviators, with a total value of over
$100,000. This is the largest scholarship program in the helicopter
industry.

Recipients of the 2022 Whirly-Girls scholarships are:

  • Airbus Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions Training Scholarship
    • Mariah Dugan, WG #2230
    • Amory Harris, WG #2244
  • Bristow Group Initial Helicopter Training
    • Diana Arias
  • Edward M. Thurn Memorial Scholarship
    • Hannah Santamaria, WG #2147
  • Erickson & Volo Mission Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
    • Dierdre Ratigan, WG #1976
  • FlightSafety International Bell 206/407 Initial Flight Training Scholarship
    • Leah Murphy, WG #1956
  • Garmin GTN & G500/600 Course Scholarship
    • Cecily Olsen, WG #2234
    • Lora Trout, WG #2101
  • Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course Scholarship
    • Lora Trout, WG #2101
  • Garmin G1000H NXi Fundamentals eLearning Course Scholarship
    • Lora Trout, WG #2101
  • Garmin G1000H NXi Advanced-IFR eLearning Course Scholarship
    • Lora Trout, WG #2101
  • Krista Holstrom Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
    • Michelle Lambert, WG#2236
  • Leading Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community College Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship
    • Rebecca Torres, WG #2078
  • Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
    • Sarah Trask, WG #2251
  • Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
    • Lora Trout, WG #2101
  • Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
    • Deirdre Ratigan WG #1976
  • Whirly-Girls Initial or Add-On Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship
    • Elizabeth Leidenheimer
  • Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial HELI-EXPO Scholarship
    • Courtney Guinan, WG #2222

“Women
hold only 6% of the pilot certificates issued in the aviation industry.
The generous support of our sponsors shows their commitment to
expanding the place female aviators have in the Helicopter community,”
said Kim Barwick, the VP of Scholarships for the Whirly-Girls
Scholarship Fund. “These scholarships are our way of encouraging these
exceptional women to achieve their goals and grow into future leaders in
the industry.”

Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund was incorporated to
oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls
and their Associates. Incorporated in 1974, the scholarship program has
grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and
development scholarships valued today in excess of $100,000.

Whirly-Girls
International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in
1955 and currently has over 2,200 members representing 47 countries. Its
goals include the promotion of women in the helicopter industry through
scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press releases,
magazine articles and informational displays in aviation museums; the
exchange of information among women in helicopter aviation; and the
promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft through increasing
public awareness of rotorcraft utility and versatility.

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

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30 September 2021

Bristow Group Adds Initial Helicopter Training Scholarship to Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund for 2022

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced an additional $5,000
scholarship to be awarded to a female starting in the helicopter
aviation industry. The additional scholarship is available due to the
commitment of the Bristow Group to support advancing the careers of the
international organization’s members.

The Whirly-Girls
organization is an international organization of over 2,100 female
helicopter pilots in 47 countries. Bristow Group recognizes the
importance women contribute to aviation and thus has partnered with
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. to assist women aviators in their
career development. Bristow Group is offering a $5,000 scholarship to
female Whirly-Girls associate members to assist in the completion of
their initial Helicopter Pilot Certificate.

“We are incredibly
appreciative of industry leaders like Bristow Group for supporting our
mission of advancing women in helicopter aviation through our
scholarship program.” Said Joni Schultz, President of the Whirly-Girls
organization.

Bristow Group is a civilian helicopter transport
company to worldwide offshore energy industries and is a leader in
search and rescue services.

“Promoting the careers for women in
aviation is one of our top priorities, and we are proud to be affiliated
with The Whirly-Girls organization to ensure deserving candidates are
nominated and selected for flight school,” said Mary Wersebe, Bristow
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer. “Although women
have been involved in aviation from its earliest days, women pilots, for
example, represent only six percent of the total pilot population.
Helping to cover the cost of flight school is a good first step to
ensuring more women pursue aviation careers and to change this balance
to be more reflective of society today.”

The Whirly-Girls
Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable
organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation.

For more information about all Whirly-Girls scholarships offered, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Kim Barwick at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.  Applications for this scholarship close October 10, 2021.

About Bristow Group Inc.

Bristow
Group Inc. is the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable
vertical flight solutions. Bristow primarily provides aviation services
to a broad base of major integrated, national and independent offshore
energy companies. Bristow provides commercial search and rescue (SAR)
services in several countries and public sector SAR services in the
United Kingdom (U.K.) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency
(MCA). Additionally, the Company offers ad hoc helicopter and fixed wing
transportation services. Bristow currently has customers in Australia,
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway,
Spain, Suriname, Trinidad, the U.K. and the U.S. To learn more, visit
our website at www.bristowgroup.com.

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2 September 2021

Whirly-Girls Open 2022 Scholarship Season

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of
the 2022 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 3, 2021.

This year, scholarship sponsors include
Airbus, Erickson & Volo Mission, FlightSafety International, Garmin,
Leading Edge Flight Academy, Central Oregon Community College, Night
Flight Concepts, Robinson Helicopter Company, Survival Systems USA, and
many private individuals. Awards are available for both experienced and
newly-certificated pilots, and examples include classes in turbine
transition, software use, commercial flight training, and a helicopter
rating.

Whirly-Girls Past-President, 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/
and are due October 3, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded in March at
the Annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas, TX.
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 Kim Barwick at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

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1 September 2021

Garmin Mid-Year Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International is pleased to announce the six deserving recipients of the Garmin eLearning
scholarships for 2021.

Garmin, long-time supporters of the Whirly-Girls, extended their support by offering eLearning courses to
current Whirly-Girls International members. These scholarships provide the opportunity to complete the GTN
Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course, G1000H NXi Fundamentals eLearning Course, or the G1000H NXi
Advanced-IFR eLearning Course.

Garmin’s mission is to be an enduring company by creating superior products for automotive, aviation, marine,
outdoor, and sports that are an essential part of our customers’ lives.

Our six scholarship recipients this year for the Garmin eLearning scholarships for 2021 are:

  • Fallon Blattner (Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course)
  • Courtey Guinan (Garmin G1000H NXi Advanced IFR eLearning Course)
  • Josilyn Lundquist (Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course)
  • Chelsea Montgomery (Garmin G1000H NXi Advanced IFR eLearning Course)
  • Paola Sisconetto (Garmin G1000H NXi Fundamentals eLearning Course)
  • Valerie Smith (Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course)

“Garmin is pleased to continue its aviation training partnership with Whirly-Girls. It is always a pleasure having
Whirly-Girls scholarship award winners in our instructor-led classes.” Says Jeff Hoing, Garmin Aviation
Training Manager. “We have recently released two new G1000H, GTN, and TXi eLearning courses that we hope
are as valuable to the Whirly-Girl members. Garmin looks forward to continuing to expand our partnership in
the future.”

Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women
in helicopter aviation. It was founded in 1955 and currently has more than 2,100 members representing 47
countries. Its goals include the promotion of women in the helicopter industry through scholarship awards,
mentoring, public appearances, press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation
museums; the exchange of information among women in helicopter aviation; and the promotion of community
acceptance of rotorcraft through increasing public awareness of rotorcraft utility and versatility.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 July 2021

Whirly-Girls International Announces Garmin Training Scholarships

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. today announced they will be
offering fifteen new Garmin® eLearning Scholarships to deserving members
of Whirly-Girls International in their mid-year scholarship round in
2021.

Garmin, long-time supporters of the Whirly-Girls, are
offering these Scholarships to current Whirly-Girls International
members. The scholarships provide the opportunity to complete the GTN
Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course, G1000H NXi Fundamentals eLearning
Course or the G1000H NXi Advanced-IFR eLearning Course.

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2021. There will be no application fee for this mid-year round of scholarships.

“Garmin
is pleased to continue its aviation training partnership with the
Whirly-Girls. It is always a pleasure having Whirly-Girls scholarship
award winners in our instructor-led classes,” said Jeff Hoing, Garmin
Aviation training manager. “We have recently released two new G1000H,
GTN, and TXi eLearning courses that we hope provide additional value to
Whirly-Girl members. Garmin looks forward to continuing to expand our
partnership in the future.”

“We are grateful to Garmin for their
generous support in allowing us to offer these Scholarships in addition
to our normal annual scholarship opportunities,” said Kim Barwick, VP of
Scholarships at Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund.  “Garmin have been great
supporters of the Whirly-Girls over the years, and this is another
example of their commitment to women in the helicopter industry.”

About Whirly-Girls International
Whirly-Girls
International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in
1955 and currently has more than 2,100 members across 47 countries. Its
goals include the promotion of women in the helicopter industry through
scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press releases,
magazine articles and informational displays in aviation museums; the
exchange of information among women in helicopter aviation; and the
promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft through increasing
public awareness of rotorcraft utility and versatility.

For more information go to whirlygirls.org or contact Kim Barwick at scholarships@whirlygirls.org

About Garmin
Garmin’s
mission is to be an enduring company by creating superior products for
automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor, and sports that are an essential
part of our customers’ lives. Garmin’s aviation business segment is a
leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and
government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation,
communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of
ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability, and value.

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25 February 2021

Whirly-Girls International Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced the recipients of the 2021
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships will be awarded March
20, 2021 at the Whirly-Girls Virtual Awards Banquet. Thanks to the
support of aviation leaders, 10 scholarships were bestowed upon 13
deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $90,000.

Recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls scholarships are:

  • Deirdre Ratigan: Airbus IIMC Training Scholarship
  • Hope Siebert: Airbus IIMC Training Scholarship
  • Lechelle Dippenaar: Edward. M. Thurn Memorial Scholarship
  • Tori Duke: Erickson & Volo Mission Vertical Reference/External Load
    Scholarship
  • Christina Jorgensen: Garmin GTN & G500/600 Training Scholarships
  • Catriona Adam: Garmin GTN & G500/600 Training Scholarships
  • Erin Johnstone: James Wisecup Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
  • Lora Trout: Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Alex Ambros: Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Sara Stanford: Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
  • Amy Ehn: Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
  • Marissa Colclasure: Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-On Flight Training
    Scholarship
  • Rebecca Eyer: Leading Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community
    College Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship

The Whirly-Girls extend their heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors for their support in these unprecedented times.

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc., is a non-profit, educational, and
charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter
aviation industry. The organization was incorporated to oversee and
administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their
Associates. Incorporated in 1974, 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2020

Whirly-Girls Announce New Instrument Rating Scholarship for Female Aviators for 2021
Leading
Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community College to Support New
Scholarship Opportunity for Members of Whirly-Girls International

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. today announced they will be
offering a new Instrument Rating scholarship in conjunction with Leading
Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community College (COCC) to a
deserving member of Whirly-Girls International for 2021.

This
scholarship provides the opportunity to receive a helicopter instrument
rating training course. Leading Edge Flight Academy will provide 21
hours of flight training in the Robinson R44 and 30 hours of ground
instruction. COCC will provide 14 hours of flight training in an
Advanced Aviation Training Device (simulator). Training will take place
in Bend, Oregon, USA and the course is valued at approximately $16,725.

“Together
with our newest contributor, Leading Edge Flight Academy and COCC, we
are pleased to offer an instrument rating scholarship in our program
this year,” said Joni Schultz, President of Whirly-Girls International.
“The training the recipient will receive is incredibly valuable,
life-saving valuable. We appreciate the efforts of all parties
responsible for making this opportunity possible. This scholarship adds
great value in the 2021 scholarship program. To quote Helen Keller
‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’”

“Leading
Edge Flight Academy, in partnership with COCC, is very happy to
announce the new Instrument Rating Scholarship. We are excited to be
joining the list of Whirly-Girl contributors and help advance women
pilots in the industry. The recipient will receive the required training
for a helicopter instrument rating, gaining the invaluable skills
necessary to become a better, safer pilot. At Leading Edge, we instill
our values of safety and professionalism with each student we graduate
through a course; helping the aviation community grow, one success story
at a time,” said Nicole Orlich, Director of Flight Operations for
Leading Edge Flight Academy.

“Leading Edge Flight Academy’s
commitment to safety and professionalism contributes an essential
element to the Central Oregon Community College Aviation Program,” said
Karl Baldessari, the Aviation Program Director at COCC. “The
long-standing relationship between the two organizations strengthens all
aspects of the programs to a point of national recognition. Through
scholarships like this, Leading Edge continues to support college, and
industry goals of equal access to an education of choice, and diversity
in the workforce.”

All active members of Whirly-Girls
International in good standing at the time of application who hold at
least a private pilot certificate/license will be eligible to apply for
the scholarship. Application details can be found atwhirlygirls.org/scholarship-offerings-and-requirements-scholarships

About Leading Edge Aviation
For
over a decade, Leading Edge Flight Academy has specialized in training
helicopter pilots, airplane pilots, and launching aviation careers.
Located in Bend, Oregon with 300+ days of sunshine for consistent,
four-season flying, Leading Edge’s start-to-finish support and above
industry standard training prepares you to meet your aviation goals.
Their management team of pilots -– with over 37,000 cumulative hours and
100+ years in the industry -– knows what it takes to prepare you for a
career in aviation.

About Central Oregon Community College
Central
Oregon Community College, the oldest two-year college in Oregon,
provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its
10,000-square-mile district. The COCC Aviation Professional Pilot
discipline provides students with the knowledge and skills required to
enter the exciting world of professional aviation. COCC provides
instruction in airplane, helicopter, and unmanned aerial systems in a
small class setting with the close support of experienced instructors.

About Whirly-Girls International
Whirly-Girls
International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in
1955 and currently has more than 2000 members representing 47 countries.
Its goals include the promotion of women in the helicopter industry
through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press
releases, magazine articles, and informational displays in aviation
museums; the exchange of information among women in helicopter aviation;
and the promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft through
increasing public awareness of rotorcraft utility and versatility.

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September 3, 2020

Whirly-Girls Opens 2021 Scholarship Season

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of
the 2021 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 12.

This year, scholarship sponsors include Airbus,
Garmin, Robinson Helicopter Company, Survival Systems USA, Western
Helicopters Inc., Erickson, Volo Mission, Leading Edge Flight Academy,
Central Oregon Community College, FlightSafety International, and many
private individuals. Awards are available for both experienced and
newly-rated pilots, and examples include classes in vertical reference,
safety training, software use, commercial flight training, a helicopter
add-on rating, and new this year, an Instrument rating.

Scholarship applications are available at https://whirlygirls.org/scholarship-offerings-and-requirements-scholarships/
and are due October 12, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded in March at
the Annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO in New Orleans,
LA. 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 Kim Barwick at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2020

Executive Director Jessica Kanellos

Whirly-Girls Announces the appointment of Jessica Kanellos, WG# 1771, as Part-Time Executive Director

Jessica
Kanellos is a Commercial, CFI/CFII helicopter pilot, mother of two
boys, Pittsburgh native and driven advocate for women in helicopter
aviation. Her former qualifications include completion of the
Professional Pilot Program at (then) Bristow Academy, followed by a year
of employment with Bristow as a CFI/CFII, Team Leader and Stage Check
Pilot. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and her
relevant experiences range from accounting and human resources to
volunteering with the American Helicopter Museum. Her expertise also
extends to multiple fundraising and sponsorship successes in favor of
fulfilling that mission of the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Jessica
joined the all-volunteer Board of Directors in the position of
Secretary in 2014. She was able to put that drive to use and found great
joy in giving her time and talents to the organization. As time
progressed, so did her involvement on the Board. In an opportunity to
grow the organizations’ outreach efforts in 2015, Jessica took on the
task of creating a youth event, Give it a Whirl™. The outreach is
dedicated to introducing kids to the world of helicopter aviation.

In
2017, Jessica moved into the role of Vice President of Membership. She
has been dedicated to the Whirly-Girls’ mission of advancing women in
helicopter aviation and is enthusiastic about committing more time to
this organizational mission. She feels strongly about increasing funding
opportunities for programs that directly support the membership as well
as growing the overall outreach efforts of both the Whirly-Girls
Scholarship Fund and youth education efforts through Give it a Whirl™.

After
an exhaustive search for the executive director candidate, the board of
directors voted unanimously for Jessica to be offered the part-time
position. On March 4, she accepted our offer and is honored to be chosen
for the new role.

About Whirly-Girls International

Whirly-Girls
International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in
1955 and currently has more than 2,100 members representing 47
countries. Its goals include the promotion of women in the helicopter
industry through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances,
press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation
museums; the exchange of information among women in helicopter
aviation; and the promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft
through increasing public awareness of rotorcraft utility and
versatility.

For more information on Whirly-Girls International, please visit www.whirlygirls.org. Jessica may be reached at executivedirector@whirlygirls.org.

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January 26, 2020

2020 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Recipients

Back
row, left to right: WG#2112 Sara Stanford, WG#1869 Joanna Forrester,
WG#1921 Samantha Challburg, Elissa Munguia, WG#1940 Bond Durham, WG#1829
Rebecca Pelassini, WG#2020 Catriona Adam, WG#1967 Allison Leinen.

Front
row, left to right: WG#2042 Amber Forest, WG#2073 Rebekah Taylor,
WG#1877 Melissa Shantz, WG#2015 Alexandra Ambros, WG#2078 Rebecca
Torres, WG#2060 Ivana Doverspike, WG#1908 Melody Steele, WG#2048
Margaret Bunge, WG#1355 Michelle Hovey, WG#2088 Paola Sisconetto.

Whirly-Girls International Reveals 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls
International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has
announced the recipients of the 2020 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.
The scholarships were awarded January 26, 2020 at the Whirly-Girls
Annual Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California.
Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 23 scholarships were bestowed
upon deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $135,000.
This is the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

Recipients of the 2020 Whirly-Girls scholarships are:

  • Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
    Melissa Shantz WG #1877
  • Airbus Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) Training Scholarship
    Michelle Hovey WG #1355
    Taylor Hughes WG #2116
  • CHC Safety & Quality Summit Scholarship
    Joanna Forrester WG #1869
  • Edward. M. Thurn Memorial Scholarship
    Catriona Adam WG #2020
  • Erickson & Volo Mission Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
    Samantha Challburg WG #1921
  • FlightSafety International Bell 206/Bell 407 Scholarship
    Allison Leinen WG #1967
  • Garmin GTN & G500/600 Training Scholarships
    Sara Stanford WG #2112
    Ivana Doverspike WG #2060
  • Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggles Initial Pilot Qualification Scholarship
    Rebecca Pelassini WG #1829
  • Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarships
    Vera Aitzinger WG #2105
    Paola Sisconetto WG #2088
  • Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
    Margaret Bunge WG #2048
  • Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
    Bond Durham WG #1940
  • Rotorcraft Pro Magazine/HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar Scholarship
    Rebekah Taylor WG #2073
    Amber Forest WG #2042
  • Southern Utah University (SUU) Fueling the Future Scholarship for Initial Flight Training
    Cydney Rallo
    Elissa Munguia
  • Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
    Rebecca Torres WG #2078
    Melody Steel WG #1908
  • Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship
    Summer Papple
  • Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial HELI-EXPO Scholarship
    Alexandra Ambros WG #2053
  • Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
    Bailey Spraggs WG #2118

“This
is an exciting group of women who are going to become agents of change
and innovation in the helicopter industry. With women holding fewer than
6% of pilot certificates, there is a massive missed opportunity of
talent and diversity of thought,” said Alison Martin, Whirly-Girls
President. “Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have the means to help
advance the industry through the mentorship and empowerment of female
aviators. We are excited to support our recipients throughout their
careers and stand alongside them as they forge new paths in the years to
come.”

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was
incorporated to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by
the Whirly-Girls and their Associates. 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
$135,000.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7, 2019

CHC Safety and Quality Summit Announces Scholarship Program for Female Aviators for 2020
CHC to Continue Support of Scholarship Opportunities for Whirly-Girls International Members

DALLAS
– CHC Group today announced that they will provide a scholarship to a
deserving member of Whirly-Girls International for the 2020 CHC Safety
and Quality Summit. One recipient from the organization will join more
than 500 professionals at one of the aviation industry’s premiere safety
events.

“The annual CHC Safety Summit is an influential event for
our industry,” said Alison Martin, President of Whirly-Girls
International. “Providing a deserving female aviator with the
opportunity to attend and collaborate with other helicopter
professionals about building a robust safety environment will broaden
everyone’s perspectives and continue the push forward in our joint
efforts to further the security of our pilots and friends.”

The
scholarship package includes the conference attendance fee, flights,
accommodations, meals and access to a two-day HFACS course that will be
held around the main conference. The 16th annual summit will take place
in Dallas from September 15-17, 2020. More information can be found at www.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com.

“We
are pleased to continue our relationship with Whirly-Girls
International to provide another deserving female aviator a chance to be
part of the 2020 Summit,” said Duncan Trapp, Vice President of Safety
and Quality at CHC Helicopter. “The success of this event is built on a
range of perspectives and experiences from our participants, and we are
happy to help offer access to aviators who might otherwise be unable to
attend.”

All active members of Whirly-Girls in good standing at
the time of application will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Application details are available to members at www.whirlygirls.org/scholarship-offerings-and-requirements-scholarships/.

About CHC

For
more than 70 years, CHC Helicopter has provided safe, reliable,
cost-effective helicopter service in some of the most remote and
challenging environments around the world. With extensive experience
transporting customers in the oil and gas industry, supporting
search-and-rescue and EMS contracts, and providing maintenance, repair
and overhaul services, our dedication to safety and reputation for
quality and innovation help our customers reach beyond what they thought
possible. Visit www.chcheli.com for information.

About Whirly-Girls International

Whirly-Girls
International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in
1955 and currently has more than 2,100 members representing 47
countries. Its goals include the Promotion of women in the helicopter
industry through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances,
press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation
museums; the exchange of information among women in helicopter
aviation; and the promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft
through increasing public awareness of rotorcraft utility and
versatility.

MEDIA/MORE INFORMATION
Brian Bianco
Senior Manager, Global Communications
CHC Helicopter
1 214.262.7426
Communications@chcheli.com

For more information on Whirly-Girls International and Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Kim Barwick at scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2019

Whirly-Girls Open 2020 Scholarship Season

The
Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of
the 2020 scholarship season. Deserving female aviators can apply for
over $180,000 of helicopter flight training and educational
scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by
strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity. Applications are
due September 1.

This year, scholarship sponsors include Airbus,
CHC, Erickson & Volo Mission, FlightSafety International, Garmin,
Oregon Aero, Night Flight Concepts, Robinson Helicopter Company,
Rotorcraft Pro Magazine, 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 President,
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 September 1,
2019. Scholarships will be awarded in January at the Annual Whirly-Girls
Awards Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, CA. 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 Kim Barwick at
scholarships@whirlygirls.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2019

Whirly-Girls International Reveals 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls
International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization
dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has
announced the recipients of the 2019 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.
The scholarships were awarded March 3, 2019 at the Whirly-Girls Annual
Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to the
support of aviation leaders, 24 scholarships were bestowed upon
deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $235,000. This is
the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

Recipients of the 2019 Whirly-Girls scholarships are:

  • 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
  • Joanna Forrester: Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
  • Sara Mazzarella: Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship

“This
is an exciting group of women who are going to become agents of change
and innovation in the helicopter industry. With women holding fewer than
6% of pilot certificates, there is a massive missed opportunity of
talent and diversity of thought.” said Alison Martin, Whirly-Girls
President “Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have the means to help
advance the industry through the mentorship and empowerment of female
aviators. We are excited to support our recipients throughout their
careers and stand alongside them as they forge new paths in the years to
come.”

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“WGSF”) was
incorporated to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by
the Whirly-Girls and their Associates. 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
$235,000.

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

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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:

  • Maria Metcalf: Airbus Flight Training Scholarship
  • Michelle Payne: FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship
  • Esther Beckett: Night Flight Concepts NVG Initial Qualification Scholarship
  • Anne Paya: Erickson Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
  • Louise Nutter: Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Josilyn Lundquist: Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Krista Holstrom and Samantha Hansen: ForeFlight Pro Plus Scholarships
  • Chelsea Atwater, Julie Kelly, and Grace Wagner: Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarships
  • Pamela Garrity and Alison Leinen: Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarships
  • Julie Klein: Embry-Riddle Commercial Helicopter Pilot Ground School Course Scholarship
  • Grace Wagner: Antipodean Aviation and Embry-Riddle Wire and Obstacle Environment Awareness Course Scholarship
  • Michelle Hovey, Julie Kelly: Garmin GTN & G500/600 Training Scholarships
  • Renate Buchner: Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
  • Carrie Schwausch: Thurn Herr Annual Advanced Flight Training Scholarship
  • Fallon Blattner: Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
  • Andrea Garcia: Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship

 
“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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