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New Scholarships to Promote Female Helicopter Pilots
July 26, 2018 - To combat predicted pilot shortages in the helicopter industry, the Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation program has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will help to produce the largest scholarship program in the Whirly-Girls’ 63-year history.
SUU Aviation and Whirly-Girls will each leverage their unique resources with the common goal of recruiting more female students to the rotor-wing industry. These scholarships will provide women with the resources to attend helicopter flight school while also connecting them with the mentorship and camaraderie of the Whirly-Girls organization.
The scholarships will be offered for the commercial/instrument rotorcraft flight lab at SUU Aviation at the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah. Scholarship recipients will also receive airfare, hotels, and tickets to the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO, an annual global helicopter conference where they will make connections with other industry professionals.