Courtesy Photo

Aviation Scholarship for Women

S.B. Ninety-Nines Offers $2,000 Fund

Amelia Earhart may be best remembered for her solo flight across the Atlantic — and her mysterious disappearance — but the pioneering pilot contributed many things to aviation. In 1929, she was one of the founding members of the Ninety-Nines, an organization founded to support the advancement of women pilots. The group still functions today with a global membership of more than 5,000 women from more than 30 countries. The Santa Barbara chapter is doing its part to support female pilots and recently announced the C.J. Strawn Aviation Scholarship for Women in honor of California pilot Cheryl Strawn, who perished in a midair collision in 2013. Applicants must be 16 years or older, live in California, and have a desire to be a pilot or airplane mechanic. The winner will receive $2,000, which will go to help defray the costs of flight or mechanic school. Applications are due by July 15. For more information, call Lynn Houston at (805) 698-6784 or email her at For more on the Ninety-Nines, visit

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Montecito Pushes Back on Streamlined Rebuild Process

Not so fast with fast-track rebuilding, leaders tell the county

St. George Files Suit Against Gelb for Unpaid Debt

Pair of Isla Vista landlords in legal tussle over property sales costs.

Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.