Girls With Wings is devoted to introducing young women to role models in aviation-related occupations and it’s currently seeking scholarship applicants to show their motivation, inspirations and future plans in essay form. The scholarship winner must not yet have received her private pilot’s license, must be female, and will be sent a check to be used toward flying lessons at the flight school of her choice.
Last year’s winner, then-20-year-old Amy Blechman, a student studying aviation management with a pro-pilot minor, wrote a winning essay of less than 800 words. This year’s winner will get a flight training boost of up to $1000 made up of donations matched (up to $150) by “K. Jones,” according to the Girls With Wings web site. The funds are made up of donations, and at the time of this writing the pool was $625. There are some requirements for the winner, who will be notified Dec. 1, 2009.
The 2009 winner will be judged on her willingness to “be a superlative Girls With Wings role model,” and show potential to continue her interaction with the organization and encourage more young girls to pursue their interest in aviation. The Girls With Wings Web site provides sample essays from last year’s applicants.