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Whirly-Girls International Reveal 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc., a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the recipients of the 2023 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.  The scholarships will be awarded March 5 at the Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia.  Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 32 scholarships were bestowed upon deserving female aviators, the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

Recipients of the 2023 Whirly-Girls scholarships are:

Advanced Mountain Flight Training

Grace Wagner – Grand Canyon, Arizona

Airbus Inadvertent IIMC Training

  Maria Loken-Kim – Kona, Hawaii

Bristow Group Initial Helicopter Flight Training

Katherine Cowley – Squamish, BC, Canada

Erickson & Volo Mission Vertical Reference/External Load Training

Jessica Meiris – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Flight Safety International Bell 206/Bell 407 Flight Training

Munanie Mbatha – Ormond Beach, Florida

Garmin GTN & Flight Display Pilot Training Course

Allison Abellaneda- Lakeville, Minnesota

Bridget Colby- Camden, NSW, Australia

Amory Harris – Truckee, California

Garmin Aviation Online Training Course

Michelle Lambert – Bend, Oregon

Elizabeth Leidenheimer – Jackson, New Jersey

Leading Edge Flight Academy & Central Oregon Community College Helicopter Instrument Rating

Kellye Evans – Phoenix, Arizona

Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Flight Training Course

Adele Dobler – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Elizabeth Vavashe – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Flight Training Course

Jenetta Rutherford – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MD Helicopters MD500 Flight Training

Michelle Benke – Maricopa, Arizona

Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training

Allison Abellaneda – Lakeville, Minnesota

Adele Dobler - Amory Harris – Truckee, California

Heidi McBride – Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Leah Murphy – Salisbury, Maryland

Palm Beach Helicopters CFI/CFII Rating

Amy Ehn – Kona, Hawaii

PHI Aviation Bell 407 Scholarship

Michelle Astergard – Kungsbacka, Sweden

Sage O’Loughlin – Yamhill, Oregon

Robinson Helicopters R22/R44 Safety Course

Maria Romero Abella – Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Robinson Helicopters R66 Safety Course

Leah Murphy - Salisbury, Maryland

Southern Utah University (SUU) Career Flight Training

Isabella Blair – Grenada, Mississippi

Survival Systems USA Aviation Survival & Egress Training

Diana Arias – League City, Texas

Samantha Hansen – Hilo, Hawaii

Edward M Thurn Memorial Flight Training

   Haley Follman – Creede, Colorado

Lora Trout Memorial Flight Training

Leah Seitz – Larkspur, California

Whirly-Girls Jean Tinsley Memorial Heli-Expo

Vanessa Mendoza – Boise, Idaho

Whirly-Girls Initial/Add-on Flight Training

Genie Mulari – Corona, California

“The 2023 Scholarship offering has been record-breaking, and we are immensely grateful to our Sponsors for their generosity and support. The cost of flight training can be prohibitive for any pilot, and with the continued help and involvement of our sponsors, we are able to provide crucial training opportunities and mentorship to a new generation of female helicopter pilots” said Joanna Forrester, Whirly-Girls International Scholarship Director.

“Only 6% of helicopter pilots are women, and by raising awareness in the community and providing a strong scholarship program, one of our goals is to help widen the talent pool and bring a broader range of experience, skills and background to the aviation industry.”

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. ("WGSF") was incorporated to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their Associates. Initiated in 1968, the scholarship program has grown from a single $500 scholarship to a wide range of training and development scholarships valued today more than $500,000. For more information on Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc., please visit www.whirlygirls.org

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