Apply TODAY for a 2020 Ladies Love Taildraggers’ Scholarship!

That’s right, LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ online scholarship applications are now available! If you are a female Sport pilot (or beyond) longing for additional flight training, we are looking for YOU! Read on for details and links to application forms.

Last year’s Scholarship program awarded an incredible 13 scholarships to well deserving lady pilots. Scholarship applications came from new pilots and through the ratings to ATPs. They came from CFIs, and those anxious to become CFIs. They came from ladies who seemed fearless, as well as those who struggled with confidence. All applicants were at their own, unique skill level, and yet many had a common theme; a keen interest in improving their flying skills and a challenge to financially make it happen.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals who donated to our Scholarship Fund, our volunteer CFIs, and discounts from flight schools, we were able to help. We stretched our dollars to the maximum! Through friendships, flying resources, and generous individuals, in 2019 we were able to help more women achieve their aviation goals than ever before.

It’s now time to apply for 2020 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarships.

  • If you’d like to earn a Tailwheel Endorsement, we have you covered!
  • If you’d like Advanced Tailwheel Training, we’re on it! (Options include Back-country Flying, STOL Training, Tailwheel CFI Training, Spin & Upset Training, Mountain Flying Training, Seaplane Training, Basic Aerobatic Training)

Ladies, submit an excellent application and we just might be able to make it happen for you! Do not delay. Our application period has begun and ends February 29, 2020.

A big THANK YOU to the following flight schools/CFIs for generously discounting or donating time and aircraft to LadiesLoveTaildraggers. A special “welcome aboard” to CFI volunteers – Daryl Hickman of, Flagler, Florida and Ella Blanks of Blue River Aviation, Palmer, Alaska for their bighearted donations!

Applicant Requirements

-Must be female

-Must be a minimum 18 years of age by May 1, 2020

-Must hold a minimum of Sport Pilot certificate

-Must have a current Flight Review

-Must have current medical as required by FAA airman’s certificate

-Must participate in telephone interview (finalists)

-Applications accepted worldwide

-Must write a short essay about your training experience for

Online applications are due by midnight February 29, 2020 and scholarship winners will be announced no later than April 15, 2020. Winning applicants must complete flight instruction by October 31, 2020 or scholarship is void.

2020 is going to be a great year for a few deserving lady pilots. Why not YOU?!!

Applicants much choose one of two application forms:

#1 Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarships are open to all female pilots. Flight instruction and a small travel allowance will be included with each scholarship awarded. Flight training opportunities occur across the U.S. and winners may be required to travel long distances. All flight training will be administered by FAA certified CFIs who are qualified to instruct in tailwheel aircraft. These CFIs support our mission to empower women to live their dream of flying a taildragger and make them the best tailwheel pilot they can be.

#2 Advanced Tailwheel Training Scholarship includes any Tailwheel Flight Training beyond a basic Tailwheel Endorsement. Scholarships are open to all female taildragger pilots including members of LadiesLoveTaildraggers. You MUST be a certified pilot and have a tailwheel endorsement to apply for this scholarship. Flight options include; Back-country Flying – STOL Training – Tailwheel CFI Training – Spin & Upset Training – Mountain Flying Training – Seaplane Rating – Basic Aerobatic Training. Flying is your passion and you get to decide the direction your training will take you!

AN INVITATION TO FLIGHT SCHOOLS: I welcome more Flight Schools to step forward and help train our scholarship winners. Participating flight schools will be promoted via our Scholarship program and follow up posts by scholarship winners. LadiesLoveTaildraggers is anxious to negotiate special rates with interested flight schools. Contact In all cases, travel expenses will be paid from the LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarship Fund.

Neither LadiesLoveTaildraggers, Judy A. Birchler, nor their members, agents, or representatives, are responsible for the quality of any training received with this scholarship, nor for any accident, incident, or any other event which may occur while the recipient of this scholarship is performing flight training or activities relating thereto, and the recipient agrees to sign a hold harmless agreement in favor of said entities upon receipt of the scholarship and before any flight is made.

Thank you and good luck!

1 Comment
  • Madeline Ungurain
    Posted at 16:20h, 28 January Reply

    Hi I was wondering,if awarded a scholarship does the training need to be done in the US? I’m looking for a little more info on the details of the scholarship. Please email me, Madeline, at

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