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Alaska and Mat-Su Chapters'

2019 Scholarship Application

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Scholarship Terms and Conditions

(please read carefully)

  • Eligibility: Alaska Chapter 99s and Mat-Su Valley Chapter 99s scholarships are open to female Alaska residents 16 years of age or older.  Applicants for either scholarship may use the award towards her Private license or an Advanced Rating/Endorsement; Mat-Su Valley residents will be given preference for their scholarship, if there are no eligible applicants from the Mat-Su area then other applicants will be considered.
  • Applicants for scholarships must have soloed by March 31st.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship, but a separate application must be enclosed for each award sought.
  • The scholarship winner must agree to complete the goal for which the scholarship will be used within 18 calendar months of award.  The Scholarship money will be sent to the recipient’s flight school or instructor at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. If for some reason the scholarship money is not used or the winner does not complete the goal for which it is used in the timeframe allotted, the money will be returned to the awarding 99s chapter.
  • The Alaska Chapter and Mat-Su scholarship winners are required to provide monthly updates on her progress via email, phone call or meeting attendance.
  • Scholarships will be announced at the 2019 Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering and 2019 Alaska Chapter/Mat-Su Chapter May meetings; meetings are the second Wednesday of the month and third Tuesday of the month respectively.

 

Must be postmarked by March 31st.

Return Scholarship Application to:


Alaska Chapter 99s

c/o Scholarship Committee
PO Box 91962
Anchorage AK 99509

If you have questions, please contact:
Jodi Harskamp at 510-917-2073; jodiandneal@gmail.com

or

Sarah Downing at 248-705-8506; sbrettrager@gmail.com;

 

2019 Scholarship Details

For 2019 we will have 3 scholarships available. This year, we have two scholarships in memory of two amazing women whose families have donated money to further the flying careers of Alaska Women (so awesome!).  The Alaska Chapter of the 99s Jean White Memorial Scholarship of $1700 and the Joyce Penman Memorial Scholarship for $1500.  The Mat-Su Chapter of 99s will also be giving away $1800 in scholarship moneyl.

Jean White Memorial Scholarship

Jean White was just a smidge too short to join the WASPs, pilot Jean White found a way to serve by becoming an airplane mechanic and joining the Air Force.  Ellen 'Jean' White, an active Alaska Chapter 99 member, passed away January 16, 2017, after a short illness.  She was 95. 

Jean become interested in flying at age 13.  She earned her private pilot certificate as a college sophomore and learned to fly for free through the civilian pilot at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  Colleges were give a quota of 10, and she was the only female.

She had hoped to join the WASPs but was rejected because she was a quarter-inch too short.  Instead, she became an aircraft mechanic in the then Army Air Corps.  She was stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, from 1954-1958, and again from 1964-1968.

She retired from the Air Force in 1970, having progressed from buck private to the rank of Lt. Colonel.  She remained at Langley AFB, Virginia, to complete her master's degree and then returned to Alaska in 1971, where she worked for 20 years at Elmendorf AFB as a guidance counselor.

Joyce Penman Memorial Scholarship

Joyce Penman was born in Iowa in 1928, and she moved to Sika, with her husband John Penman, in 1960.  While in Sitka raising three children, she and John took up their love for flying.  Joyce Penman worked toward her pilot's license and soloed.  She told a newspaper that they took up flying for "funsies", and they even flew a 1972 Champion Citabria back to Indiana for a high school reunion one year. 

In Sitka, Joyce Penman was active in local Civil Air Patrol serving as a personnel officer.  She and John even survived a float plane crash in inclement weather, and would tell the story for years to come, without missing a detail. 

Later in life, after John passed, she toured the country with family and friends in her car with a personalized plate of "Olwomn", and was very active in various bowling leagues.  The only thing in life that slowed her down was cancer.  When Joyce Penman died in 2018 due to her illness, her children wanted to honor her memory with a scholarship for women in Alaska who had the same zest for flying and adventure in life.

 

 


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