These scholarships are available to GirlVenture attendees to attend EAA’s Air Academy, apply towards post-secondary tuition, or fund flight training. One application is good for all scholarships.
Available Flight Training Scholarships
Heather McRoberts Memorial Scholarship
Established by donations to the Antique Airplane Association of Colorado, this scholarship is a memorial tribute to Heather "Tinkerbell" McRoberts. Up until her death at the young age of 19, Heather always achieved her goals as a birthday tradition, from soloing in a glider upon turning 14 to obtaining her commercial and seaplane ratings four years later. Each year at EAA GirlVenture, this scholarship provides a $500 award to a participant, age 21 or younger, that expresses a commitment to pursuing aviation as a profession or as an avocation in adult life. The scholarship may be used to offset tuition to attend EAA’s Air Academy, or as a reimbursement for flight training-related expenses. If applicable, the award will be paid to the selected candidate's post-secondary school or program of choice.
Available Post-Secondary Scholarships
Cmdr. John Paradiso Scholarship for Women in Aviation/Aerospace
This endowed scholarship is a memorial tribute to Commander John Paradiso, a World War II naval aviator, and was generously established by his daughters, Johnnie Paradiso and Nina Clay Paradiso. It provides a $750 scholarship award to a young woman attending EAA GirlVenture 2022 who has a sincere interest in pursuing a career in aviation or in aerospace. Through their contribution, Johnnie and Nina wish to help those not fortunate enough to have a significant adult role model in their lives as they did. The scholarship may be used to offset tuition to attend EAA’s Air Academy. Consideration may also be extended to females for scholarship support of post-secondary educational pursuits in the fields of aviation and aerospace. If applicable, the award will be paid to the selected candidate's post-secondary school or program of choice.
Morgan Brittany Smith Memorial Scholarship
This annual scholarship of $3,500 is established to carry on the legacy of Morgan Smith, whose life was tragically cut short. This scholarship will help the applicant pursue higher education in the aviation/aerospace field. The applicant shall have a GPA above 3.5 and be active in the community either through community service or extracurricular activities. The award will be paid to the selected candidate's post-secondary school or program of choice. To receive this award, you must be an attendee of EAA GirlVenture Camp and must be present at the Wednesday presentation during EAA AirVenture.