Scholarship Offerings and Requirements

Whirly-Girls 2022 Scholarships

The list below includes scholarships for the Whirly-Girls 2022 scholarship season. The application deadline for Robinson scholarships has been extended to December 15, 2021. Recipients will be notified in December.

Please join us at HAI HELI-EXPO 2022 where we will announce the scholarship recipients and celebrate their achievements.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR 2022 ROBINSON SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE WHIRLY-GIRLS USING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.


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 and serves as a CFI refresher. Course valued at $3,000.
Requirements: each applicant must be a helicopter pilot with at least a private pilot certificate/license, preferably with an instrument rating, and 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 December 15, 2021. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2022.

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 sponsors an additional 4 hours of R66 flight time (5 hours total R66 flight time). The course includes 3.5 days of classroom instruction in the following subject areas: accident review, causes of fatal accidents, awareness training, SFAR 73, Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) review, R66 systems, and the Rolls Royce engine. One day is devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced RHC safety pilot. A tour of the Robinson Factory is also included. The course is open to any rated helicopter pilot who has at least 3 hours the Robinson R66 helicopter. A Robinson safety course is required by most insurance companies and serves as a CFI refresher. Course valued at $4,500.
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 December 15, 2021. Scholarship training must be completed by December 31, 2022.

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Whirly-Girls Scholarship Selection Factors, Eligibility & Process

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

Judges look for evidence of the following:

  • Goal for the flight training specified.
  • Experience, service to others, and what others have to say about you through your letters of recommendation.
  • Achievements in life, particularly in aviation and the helicopter industry.
  • Attitude toward self and others, as shown through the entire application package.
  • Neatness, ability to follow instructions, completeness and accuracy of your application.
  • Reliability, motivation, and commitment to success as shown through prior employment, jobs and activities, and service to others.
  • Dedication to your career as shown through prior employment, especially in the helicopter industry.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and teamwork as shown through prior jobs and activities.
  • Financial need.

Be sure to proofread your answers carefully prior to submission to be sure they express your intentions accuracy and are grammatically correct. You may wish to draft the essay questions separately and copy them into the form once you are satisfied.

 

 

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

 

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

 

  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $55 USD.

1. After applications are submitted, the Whirly-Girls scholarship committee reviews the content to make sure each applicant is qualified for the specified scholarships, and all required information is included.

2. Confidential application information is removed, and the remaining data is then compiled for review by sponsors and external judges.

3. Sponsors and independent judges rank applicants in order of qualification.

4. The Whirly-Girls scholarship committee considers each applicant’s scholarship ranking requests as well as the sponsors’ and judges’ ratings. They make the final decisions on which applicants earn a scholarship.

5. Scholarships are awarded at the Whirly-Girls annual awards banquet during the HAI HELI-EXPO convention, usually held in the first week of March, and must be used by each scholarship recipient by the end of the calendar year it was awarded. Members may apply for up an unlimited number of scholarships, but each applicant will be awarded at most one scholarship per year.