The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship

For Young Women Who Want to Learn to Fly

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The Ninety-Nines will award a $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during 2019 calendar year) with financial support for flight training through her first solo and beyond. In addition to the scholarship, the winner will receive a new Lightspeed Aviation Zulu 3 headset, a King School flight training course that can be used to prepare for a written exam and check ride or a future rating, and a set of aviation books written and autographed by aviation legend Barry Schiff.

The Ninety-Nines will announce the winner and award the scholarship at  the 99s Annual Aviation Appreciation Dinner in the Wittman Terminal Building at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh at 6 pm on Tuesday July 23, 2019.

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Scholarship Rules and How to Apply

  • There is no separate application form. Applications consist of an email with an essay attached to the email.
  • Applicants from countries outside the United States are welcome to apply.
  • Each applicant should send an email to
  • Include at the top of this email the following identifying information
    • Name, mailing address, email, cell phone and birthdate.
    • Airport code (e.g. KCMA) where flight training will be or is being taken.
    • Essay word count (excluding name, address, etc).
  • Attach to the email a not-to-exceed 500 words essay (not counting your name, address, email, cell phone, birthdate, word count. and airport). Essays longer than 500 words will not be considered. The essay should be a PDF or Microsoft Word file. Do NOT use Google Docs. Use the following format to name the file containing your essay: Last name First name 2019 Solo Scholarship Essay. e.g., Smith Karen 2019 Solo Scholarship Essay.pdf.
  • The essay should describe:
    • Why the applicant wants to learn to fly.
    • How the applicant will apply her training.
    • Applicant’s flight training to date.
    • Applicant’s goals for the future.
    • Applicant’s experience or involvement in aviation-related activities
  • Include AGAIN at the top of the essay the required identifying information:
    • Name, mailing address, email, cell phone and birthdate
    • Airport code (e.g., KCMA) where flight training will be or is being taken.
    • Essay word count (excluding required identifying information).
  • Note: For convenience, applicants may use this Word form (click here to download this word file) for the required identifying information and insert or paste the completed form to the beginning of BOTH the email and essay.
  • Send email and attached essay by July 1, 2019 to
  • Applications will not be considered if:
    • The essay is longer than 500 words, excluding required identifying information.
    • The essay is in any other format besides PDF or Microsoft Word. Our judges are unable to consider Google Docs essays.
    • If either the email and the essay do not contain all the required identifying information.
  • The scholarship funds can only be used toward an initial pilot's license and must be used by Sept 1, 2020.
  • The winner will be expected to provide a 400-1,000 word essay suitable for publcation in the 99s magazine to the scholarship committee at after her solo or after her check ride, sharing her training experiences and goals she has met.
  • The winner must join the Ninety-Nines as a student pilot prior to receipt of scholarship funds.
  • For additional information and to make sure you understand the rules, click here to read the FAQs.
Ventura County Ninety-Nines