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Dottie Sanders Memorial Flight Scholarship

Offered by San Diego Ninety-Nines

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 7, 2024
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

June 30, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a woman who (a) resides in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, or Imperial County, California or (b) is a member of any chapter of the Southwest Section of the Ninety-Nines, and is seeking funding for flight training? If so, the Dottie Sanders Memorial Flight Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one (1) female resident of the above counties OR a female member of any chapter of a Southwest Ninety-Nines Section who is seeking funding for flight training. In addition, PPL applicants must have completed a solo flight and passed the written exam for a private pilot license, while those applying for an advanced rating/certificate must hold a private piloting certificate. Funds may be used to help fund Private Pilot training OR if a certified pilot applicant, may be used to fund training for the Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, or any Flight Instructor certificates.

If you’re a woman who is residing in or part of an eligible Ninety-Nines Section in Southern California, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About San Diego Ninety-Nines

The Ninety-Nines is a group of women pilots formed in 1929 to support and advance women in aviation. It was named after the original number of charter members and has since grown to almost 5,000 members from 35 countries. Many accomplished female pilots, including Amelia Earhart, Jackie Cochran, and Eileen Collins, have been members of the Ninety-Nines. The San Diego Chapter includes pilots at various levels, from students to Airline Transport Pilots. The group seeks to bring together women who share a common interest and accomplishment in aviation and support the aviation community.

Eligibility information

In addition to meeting the below eligibility criteria, PPL applicants must have passed the written and soloed and those pursuing an advanced rating/certificate must hold a Private certificate.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest


Other Category





San Diego County, Imperial County, Riverside County, Orange County


Applicants must (1) either (a) reside in one of the above counties OR (b) be a Member of any Southwest Section of Ninety-Nines chapter, (2) hold a current medical certificate, and (3) have passed the written test and have soloed.

Application information

In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit a valid medical certificate, pilot or student pilot certificate, and their last two logbook pages with entries.


Letter of Recommendation

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Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact San Diego Ninety-Nines at [email protected].

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