The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship

For Young Women Who Want to Learn to Fly

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2016 Scholarship Winners

The Ninety-Nines received 102 applications for the 2016 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship from young women with a passion for aviation.  We are pleased to announce the 2016 Solo Scholarship Winners.

16-year-old Bretlyn Marr from Statesville, North Carolina won a $3,000 scholarship and a King Schools ground school course.  Bretlyn joined the Civil Air Patrol in her freshman year of high school, where she has served as Aerospace Education NCO and prepared monthly lectures on various aerospace topics.  She has gained some flight experience in a Cessna 172 as a CAP cadet, completed the CAP training program in aircraft ground handling, and is currently enrolled in Sporty’s Learn to Fly course, which she plans to complete over the summer.

Bretlyn has an affinity and aptitude for math and science and hopes to attend Embry-Riddle and major in aerospace engineering.  She looks forward to qualifying for Embry-Riddle’s competition flight team, competing in the Women’s Air Race Classic and flying volunteer relief missions.

2017 update:  Bretlyn passed her Private Pilot check ride and will be a sophomore at Embry-Riddle in the fall of 2018.

The second place winner, 16-year old Maria Morrison of Port Townsend, Washington, won a $1,000 Solo Scholarship and a King Schools Ground School Course.  The Port Townsend Aero Museum has a very active youth volunteer program in which teens from the community work on vintage aircraft in exchange for flight training. Maria has been involved in this program since she was ten years old.  She has taken flight training through the museum and her parents who are both flight instructors.  She now teaches ground school to help prepare other teen volunteers for the FAA written exam. She is also a volunteer reporter with Aero News Network.  Maria has been coming to Oshkosh with her family for several years; In July 2016 she flew a Piper Super Cub 1,400 miles from Washington to Oshkosh on a solo cross country flight.

2017 update:  Maria passed her private pilot check ride.

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