Pilot of the Year Scholarship

Annual deadline of February 14th

Our 2023 Chapter Pilot of the Year was Kim Olson. 
Embarking on an aviation journey thirteen years ago,  her path was initially illuminated by a visit to the United sim center in Denver, courtesy of a cousin who works for the FAA. However, life took its course, steering her away temporarily. Eleven years ago, unable to shake the aviation bug, she became a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, where the influence of remarkable pilots reignited her passion for flying. Determined to pursue her dreams, she enrolled at Miramar Community College three years ago to complete ground school and resumed flight training at Plus One Flyers club. Holding an AGI and currently on the path to obtaining her CFI, she proudly took on the role of Lead Tutor for Miramar’s esteemed aviation department. Having served as the Student Pilot Chair and now leading as Chair of our San Diego 99s, her enthusiasm thrives in connecting and networking within the aviation realm.  A mentor for Miramar students, flight attendants making the transition to the flight deck, and dedicated 99s members, she finds fulfillment in guiding and supporting others’ aviation journeys. Among her cherished flights are those for Pilots n Paws, inspiring her ambition to establish a nonprofit for a flying animal rescue. Currently enrolled in the Horizon Pilot Development Program, she diligently accumulates flight hours to join their team while concurrently pursuing a tailwheel endorsement. Engaged with the IAC, she aspires to dive into aerobatic competitions alongside the Hammerheads team. Enrolled in The Ninety-Nines Professional Pilot Leadership Program/PPLI, she relishes the mentorship, camaraderie, and invaluable training that shapes her into a stronger leader. Her passion lies in empowering others, nurturing their strengths, and fostering their development. 

The Pilot of the Year Scholarship will be awarded to one Ninety-Nines Student Pilot Member or Full Member for a value of $2,500 to be used towards her initial pilot certificate or an advanced certificate/rating.

To be eligible for the Pilot of the Year Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a member of the Southwest Section of the 99s. 
  • Have a minimum of five hours of flight training in the 6 months prior to the application deadline
  • Have a current and valid medical certificate
  • Have a pilot certificate
    • Student pilots must have their written completed or have soloed
  • Receive their flight training within the United States.
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.