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Still Time to Apply for EAA/Ninety-Nines Flight Training Scholarship


May 22, 2013 - What's your price for flight? For some deserving young women between the ages of 16 and 20, it could be nothing, as EAA and the Ninety-Nines continue to accept applications for the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship, which can cover training costs through the first solo flight.

Karen Johnson was a member and chapter chair of the Ventura County Ninety-Nines. She passed away in January 2013 during a frost control flight in Delano, California. The scholarship was named in her honor, as she was always known for inspiring many of her colleagues to pursue advanced flight training.

Johnson's Ventura County chapter raised the money for the scholarship in hopes of helping another young woman pursue her dream of flight. Charitable donations were made by Barry Schiff of the Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, as well as from friends and family of Karen Johnson.

EAA and the Ninety-Nines encourage young women to apply for this unique scholarship opportunity. If you qualify, or know young women with a passion for flight, the application deadline is July 1. The application can be found on EAA's scholarships page.

Scholarship winners will be announced on Friday, August 2, during AirVenture Oshkosh WomenVenture activities.

Applicants are required to write a 500-600 word essay on why they want to fly, how they will apply their training, and their goals for the future, and winners are asked to write an additional essay following their training to share the experience with future applicants.

The first prize winner will receive $3,000 and the second place winner will receive at least $2,800, which will be paid in installments to a flight program of the winners' choosing.


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