The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship

For Young Women Who Want to Learn to Fly

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2017 Solo Scholarship Winner

Since the establishment of the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship in 2013, the 99s have received over 350 applications from young women with a passion for aviation.

At the July 25, 2017 99s Aviation Appreciation Dinner at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Ninety-Nines announced the winner of the 2017 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship:   16-year-old Brenna Koeppen from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.  In addition to a $3,000 flight training scholarship, Brenna received a King Schools ground school course courtesy of the King Schools, and 4 autographed books by aviation legend Barry Schiff.

Brenna took a $25 flight at age 14 at a Father’s Day event at her local county airport.  She has been hooked on aviation ever since.  She participates in Young Eagles, joined her local EAA chapter, attended a week-long EAA Air Camp, and volunteered at numerous EAA events and joined the Ninety-Nines at Oshkosh in 2017.

She is taking her flight training at Lakeland University Flight School where she has logged nearly 40 hours in a Cirrus SR20.   She soloed the week of her 16th birthday and is preparing for her written exam. In the summer of 2017 she enrolled in Lakeland University’s summer college aviation course.

Brenna waited for her 17th birthday  to take her check ride and is now a private pilot.

The Ninety-Nines are grateful to King Schools and Barry Schiff for their support of the 2017 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship.

Ventura County Ninety-Nines