Scholarship Finalists!

Check out these amazing applicants and give me some feedback on your favorites! 

Laura Galvez

The Essay of Laura Galvez

My grandfather treasured his little Cessna and loved to fly family and friends. My uncle used to share stories from flying with the Air Force in Desert Storm and he continues to share his experiences as a pilot flying international routes commercially. When I finally received my private pilot’s license this year, my mind and spirit knew for certain flying was in my blood. I aspire to one day to fly airplanes as an aerial firefighter. My passion for aerial firefighting stems from my time with the fire department, as well as being a Californian who has seen the effects of wildfires on family and friends. I want to be involved with the collaboration and advancement in this arena to problem-solve and streamline ideas for new training opportunities and larger-scale solutions.

Previously, as a volunteer firefighter, personal trainer, and corporate manager, my drive was geared towards leadership training and mentorship for young adults. Even as a young college student, while completing the leadership academy and overseeing the Fitness Major’s Association, mentorship resonated with me. I continue to share this passion by volunteering for events such as Women Can Fly gatherings and working to expand my flight school. I am inspired by the mission of Fly Girl and have joined its cause! As a member of the 99’s, and my chapters soon to be new treasurer, I’ve found another way to get involved with mentorship for potential pilots and also serve my local community.

I came from a successful, yet demanding corporate job providing financial stability and the funding for my private pilot’s license. It did not, however, bring any personal or career fulfillment. In order to save money to fly, I moved into an RV, tightened my budget, and began working for my flight school, Epix Aviation. Despite no tuition assistance or personal contributors for my next ratings, I made the decision to fully commit to flying. This allows me to be around aviation full-time and provides an opportunity for me to utilize my business skills in this family-operated flight school. I am the best candidate for this award because of my determination to accomplish the goals set ahead. In academia, I graduated magna cum laude and have been an active member of honor societies such as Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key. It is my fundamental belief we should strive for excellence and take pride in each pursuit because following what moves us is a privilege.

After completing my instrument, my goal is to finish the commercial rating and have my first job as a pilot by fall. In 10 years, I believe my dream to become a successful aerial firefighter and strong pilot mentor in the community will be my reality. In order to maintain the path I envision, I am seeking financial assistance for my commercial rating. The generous flyGIRL/Sporty’s Scholarship award would enable me to make definite strides towards the high impact career goals I seek to accomplish. I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.

Kelsey Sagen

The Essay of Kelsey Sagen

Growing up, my mom always told me, “Find a job that you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Through my pursuit of becoming a professional pilot, that’s exactly what I intend to do.

My career in aviation began as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines in 2017. Through my experience in the industry, the opportunities I had to see the flight deck sparked my interest in becoming a pilot. I began asking questions, and soon I met a pilot who noticed my interest and asked if I’d ever considered becoming a pilot. This was the first time that I recognized that aviation could be a career possibility for me. I sat down and began researching and decided I would introduce myself to flying by taking a few lessons.

Within the first lesson or two, I was obsessed. My thought process went from, “Should I pursue a career in aviation?” to, “I have to do this, now how am I going to make it work?” I paid for my private license training primarily by picking up extra shifts at Delta and taking money out of my savings. It was difficult to balance working overtime and scheduling flight lessons, but I am proud to say that over the last seven months I was able to get my private license. Soloing for the first time and getting my license are two of my proudest moments to date! I could not be more excited to pursue this career.

In five years, I would love to see myself back at a big carrier like Delta. Every day that I go to work, I dream about what it would be like to be on the other side of the flight deck door. I am already familiar with the aviation lifestyle, and to be able to actually fly the plane would be incredible. In ten years, I hope to be a captain, and I know that I would make a good leader. I have held many different leadership positions throughout my life, some of which include being captain of my dance teams, president of a club at my university, and working as a lead flight attendant.

Getting my pilot’s license was very exciting, but it was also bittersweet. Picking up extra shifts alone is not enough to pay for my flight training, and I know I need to continue to build up my savings before I can start my instrument training. Regardless, I am willing to do whatever it takes. If I were to receive this scholarship, I would be grateful beyond words; this scholarship money would allow me to keep pursuing my passion and advancing my future without a need to stop. Consistency is important in aviation, and if I were to receive this scholarship, I could immediately begin earning my instrument rating.

I have been training with Air Trek North at their South Saint Paul (Fleming Field) location. I received my private pilot’s license in a Cessna 150. I would love to continue my training with them. Their Cessna 172 is instrument equipped, and I plan to get my instrument rating in that plane. The Cessna 172 is $150/hour wet, and the instructor fee is $85/hour.

If you selected me as a flyGIRL scholarship recipient, I can promise it would be put to good use. I am a very dedicated individual, and throughout my time in academics and in my career at Delta, I have received awards of dedication and leadership. I earned the award for being “most dedicated” three of four consecutive years on my high school dance team. In college, the scholarships that I earned were all centered on leadership. I have always been a good student, graduating top ten of my class and Magna Cum Laude. At Delta, I consistently get written accolades of a job well done from coworkers and passengers. When I set my mind to something, I make it happen; I don’t give up.

I will continue to become more involved in Women in Aviation events. I have met wonderful people through the organization thus far. I enjoyed volunteering at the Stars of the North chapter’s Girls in Aviation Day. It was wonderful to connect with people whose passions are similar to mine and fun to watch the next generation get excited about airplanes!

Being a part of the aviation community has been such an amazing experience for me. I have met many people who have been willing to advise me, help with my studies, or take me up on a plane. Someday, I will do the same for others. I hope you will consider me for this scholarship; you would be helping me pursue my dream. 

Heather Geer

The Essay of Heather Geer

“Do you want to fly?” I can still see the smile on my dad’s face as he looked over at me in the right seat. I remember the excitement I felt at five years old as I wrapped my hands around the yoke and experienced my very first taste of flying.

I took my first flying lesson in Honolulu, HI in 2009. I knew I was hooked the first time I sat in the left seat. I also knew that the cost of obtaining my private pilot’s license was going to make it nearly impossible to obtain. I was going to learn to fly no matter how long it took me to get there. The cost of flying in Hawaii was exorbitant, so I saved every bit of extra money from my non-profit job and completed 4 hours of flight training and ground school. I also gained six hours of backseat stick time in a T-6 Texan belonging to the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation. My goals were clearly defined the moment I strapped into that airplane: I wanted to fly Warbirds to preserve the lost history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and inspire other young women to follow their flying dreams.

In January 2016, I flew with a CFI friend who allowed me to trade labor (assisting with annuals and maintenance, etc.) for flight time. In 2017, my parents generously gifted me the funds to complete my training through my first solo. At just under 32 hours, I completed my first solo on May 13, 2017. I have volunteered with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation since 2009, assisting with fundraising and grant writing, as well as with maintenance on the Foundation’s former T-6 Texan. I have volunteered with the Heritage Flight Museum, assisting with their Fly Day operations and special events and will step into a volunteer aircraft marshaling position for the 2020 Fly Day Season. I have learned a great deal about aviation through these volunteer experiences & they have provided me the opportunity to learn more about Warbirds and my interest in preserving their history.

My 5-year goal is to be the pilot in command for T-6 Texan flying demonstrations with BRAVO 369, preserving the untold history of Lend-Lease and the WASP. In 2020, I will serve as co-pilot of a T-6 Texan on a flight that will re-create the Alaska Siberia Air Route that was used to deliver warbirds to our Russian Allies during WWII. While relatively few women fly Warbirds today, women pilots were primarily responsible for ferrying the aircraft to Great Falls, Montana during WWII to deliver them to the 7th Ferrying Group who were responsible for delivering them to Fairbanks, Alaska to the Soviet Pilots. My 10-year goal is to be a tailwheel CFI and provide training to other pilots who want to fly tailwheel aircraft. I would be the only female tailwheel CFI and one of only a handful of tailwheel CFIs in my area.

As a student pilot who has had to pause training on more than one occasion due to cost, I realize that it is more financially responsible to obtain funding to complete my training prior to restarting training. If I were awarded the flyGIRL/Sporty’s Scholarship, I will be able to complete my remaining 20 hours of training. In addition to a small financial bonus from my workplace, this scholarship will complete my cross country training, check ride and gain my license and tailwheel endorsement. Previous flight training was financed through labor trade and through financial gifts from family members. I am completing my training at Command Aviation’s Flight School in Bellingham, WA with completion expected by October 1st, 2020. The current wet rate of my flight instruction in a 1978 Piper PA28-161 is approximately $180/hour including instructor rate.

I would consider it honor to be a recipient of the 2020 flyGIRL/Sporty’s Scholarship and will endeavor to pay forward the opportunity to fly to other women in need who aspire to be pilots.

Lea Hadzick

The Essay of Lea Hadzick

Before I knew what an airplane was, how lift was generated, or what drag and thrust have to do with it, I was four days old on a 737-200, Denver to Albuquerque. A year later, I was placed into a car seat with my teddy bear in a Cessna 172 being flown by my father. Before I was born my mother was a flight attendant, so you could say it’s in my blood.

My eyes have always been skyward. Living in Denver again the past 2 plus years has been a great experience for my husband and I. We love the mountains, running on trails, and traveling on my benefits. I am a flight attendant with United Airlines which has allowed me the chance to be a crew member with some amazing people, including awesome female pilots.

I flew with an amazing female pilot over a two-day trip. I was just beginning my flight training when we worked together. I was so nervous, trying to muster up the confidence to start a conversation with her, but I am beyond happy I did. Elizabeth let me know about an inspiring group she is a part of, the Ninety-Nines and Women In Aviation International.

I was already quite aware of the two groups from my father. However, hearing of it as a 26-year old flight attendant with less than five flight hours, from a Ninety-Nine herself was a completely different sound. On the layover that night, I remember searching for everything I could find about Women In Aviation International and the Ninety-Nines. What chapter would I be a part of? How could I get in touch with these amazing ladies of aviation? When is the first meeting I would be able to attend? What can I do as a student pilot to give back? It’s been a lot of new responsibilities between work, flight lessons and studying for the written tests. I am quickly gaining rhythm and am excited to advance my role as a Women In Aviation International (and Ninety-Nines) member with as much engagement as I can!

My flight training is going great and I love every experience. From the deicing nightmares to the landings that I don’t even feel. They say the best part of flying is the early years, and I can appreciate why. Every lesson is a new humbling challenge with a thrill of learning something new.

I am currently flying with Flights Inc. at Centennial Airport and paying as I go. Since my first flight in late November 2018, I have been flying paycheck to paycheck (as a 2-year reserve flight attendant). For as long as I can, I plan to pay for my ratings as I am now. However, very soon I will need to increase the frequency of my flying to focus on my training as much as I can. For example, I am currently on a company-offered leave of absence for the month of October, so I can work through most of my instrument rating. October was the first month I was able to be awarded a leave, due to my seniority. I will do the same in November. The leaves are of course totally voluntary but completely unpaid. I am foregoing multiple paychecks to dwindle my accrued funds for the opportunity to fly more often.

I need the scholarship award to delay borrowing for as long as possible. Since my first flight at the controls, I was on a path. This award money will allow me the opportunity to focus on my training without the financial stress of a large loan with interest.
Being granted this scholarship would benefit our organization by raising up one of its own during a stage of training when monetary assistance goes a really long way. I would be proud scholarship recipient honored and grateful to be among the many who have flown before me. I am excited to be an added enthusiast-advocate for Women In Aviation International and all-female pilots.

It would be my honor to be “that” someone as Elizabeth was for me. She solidified my already awakened passion through a kind of encouragement that I did not even realize I needed.

Stacy Williamson

The Essay of Stacy Williamson

“Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that can not fly.”

― Langston Hughes

These lines by African American poet Langston Hughes encompass my desire to achieve my dream of becoming a pilot.  I have learned that everyone’s journey into aviation is different.  For some it takes a few months, for others it takes years.  When I began my aviation journey, I was only exploring this new fascination. The goal was to challenge myself to achieve something that once seemed impossible.  Then, when I received a surprise blessing in the birth of my daughter two years ago, that goal had to be put on hold.  As I am also a mother of twins, with this new addition to the family, you can imagine that things around here got a bit chaotic. Yet I have now learned to navigate that chaos by leaning on friends and family members.  It truly takes a village to raise a family as a working mother. 

Although it has been four years since I started this aviation journey, I am holding fast to my dream of becoming a pilot. With each weekly lesson, I try to learn something new and challenge myself to get better.  I also continue to push myself through the fear of failing.  That fear latches on and tries to demotivate if I begin to overthink my objectives. The breakthrough comes when my children meet me after each lesson and we explore the airport together and converse with fellow pilots. If I am able to influence them by my dedication to achieving this goal, that is a win in itself.

My children have been around airplanes their entire lives because of the passion that I hold for aviation. It is a skillful balance of working full-time and pursuing this dream.  Workdays are long and nights are full of afterschool activities and helping them with homework.  To sustain this lifestyle, we prioritize and get creative.  For example, I read flight test preparation books to them as bedtime stories.  We also spend hours together at the local aviation museum learning about engines and different types of aircraft.  This joy of aviation I share with my children, I hope remains with them and they grow up to also become aviators.

In order to achieve my overall goal of becoming a pilot, I have now decided to set smaller goals along the way.  Achieving the first solo, flying cross-country, taking the written test, etc.  This will allow me to maintain a positive mindset in pursuit of this dream.  The remaining hurdle is the looming costs of flight lessons.  It is difficult to justify the expensive costs of flight lessons with the reality of day-to-day family costs such as saving for college education, groceries, utilities, and daycare.

This scholarship would assist with these costs and allow me to continue the pursuit of this dream.  When I become a pilot, I will be committed to inspiring the next generation of aviators by introducing the world of aviation to those that may not have access to such a niche field.  Whether it is by leveraging my social media presence to inspire others, speaking at STEM events at local elementary schools, volunteering at local fly-ins, or mentoring other flight school students who face similar hurdles. Everyone’s journey is different and I am committed to achieving success and bringing into the aviation realm as well.

Kristina Leng

The Essay of Kristina Leng

One of the hardest things to do in life is to follow your dreams. Dreams are often scary, unfamiliar and at times can seem unrealistic. When we are children, we are told to dream big and are re-assured by our parents and teachers that we can literally do anything that we put our minds to. But what about as adults? As we grow older, we tend to focus on the things in life that require our immediate attention: bills, children, and the ringing phone always come before our dreams.

As long as I can remember my Dad has been my best friend, mentor, and guide throughout my entire life. I have looked up to him and wanted to be like him since I was a baby. My Father has set the bar in our family for chasing dreams and manifesting them into reality. When I was 15, I decided to start taking flying lessons as I wanted to be just like my Father when I grew up. I stopped flying after just 2 short months. The timing wasn’t right, and I continued to focus on my other extracurricular activities including ice hockey. My father was a hockey player as well as my coach all the way up until I left for college. I received a Division 1 College Scholarship to play Ice Hockey at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I enjoyed a great collegiate hockey career and finished strong with a National Championship from Lindenwood University. After college, I worked many different jobs trying to find that one job that “fit me” perfectly.

As I continued into my master’s degree, at the age of 33 I came to a realization that in spite of my professional achievements and successes in life, something was missing. I wasn’t happy, and I was searching for happiness in all the wrong places. I started listening to my dreams and intuition and put pen to paper. I decided to finish the training that I once started as a young teenager.

In June 2019, I walked into our local FBO and signed up for my “intro flight.” I am excited to say that I finished and received my Private Pilot’s License just four days ago! After accomplishing this lifelong dream of becoming a Pilot, I realize that my aviation journey has just begun. There is absolutely no way I can stop now, and I will allow nothing or no one to get in my way. This scholarship would give me the opportunity to continue to follow my lifelong dream as I start the marathon to becoming an Airline Pilot. This life-long childhood dream of growing up to be just like my Dad is finally becoming a reality. The FlyGirl Scholarship will give me the financial boost that I need as I fly right into instrument training.

I believe that I should be awarded this scholarship not only because of my hard work, dedication and drive to become an Airline Pilot- but I also fully intend to give back and pay it forward when my time comes around. I am lucky to have such amazing Female Pilots and support in my life, and I can’t wait to one day be on the giving side of the aviation spectrum.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me, my life-story and aviation journey!

The Essay of Natalee Negron

In 2005 I didn’t realize cleaning aircraft would be the start of a passion for me. Fast forward to today, 14 years later, 11 of which have been with Allegiant Air, and my resume now reflects the vast experiences I have gained in the aviation industry. I’ve worked as a TSA Officer, handled and taught all aspects of airline ground handling, operations, and customer service. I’ve continuously moved up in the industry and the next step is for me to break another glass ceiling and move to the other side of the flight deck door to be in command of the aircraft. I believe all of the different positions I’ve held within the industry will help me become a better pilot.

Not only will I bring a great sense of teamwork to the company that will employ me as a pilot, but I will also bring diversity. I’ve never truly viewed myself differently because of my Puerto Rican heritage or being a woman. It wasn’t until a Captain with my company, an Indian woman, pointed it out to me; that I will be a very small percentage of the piloting community. That may have intimated some, but for me, it became a great motivator to succeed. I have seen little girls’ eyes light up when they board the aircraft and see that it is a woman flying. One day, I would love to be the reason that a little girl pushes her older brother out of the way so she can look into the flight deck and start asking what all the buttons do.

I have successfully achieved becoming an instrument-rated, single-engine commercial pilot this year. It has not been an easy accomplishment for me. It required many sacrifices, both personal and financial. I come from a family of modest means, so I do not have the financial support some flight students are fortunate to have. My mother’s health has never been well, but it has been declining rapidly after she was diagnosed with kidney cancer late last year. In addition to having to help my mother, my older brother has been battling a terrible drug addiction, leaving me to be the only one to help my parents. Though some may seek sympathy for being in a situation such as mine, it has been a major motivator for me to pursue my dream of flying. I’ve had many moments of doubt and would tell myself that someone like me, someone that doesn’t come from a wealthy family or is the first generation to attend college, to pursue a career, just can’t make it. Struggling financially month to month can truly discourage you from focusing on your education. Hectic days that consist of training in the morning, helping my parents, going to work in the afternoon then having to find a clinic for my brother to get the treatment he needs, all while I to find time to study for my lesson the next day has left me feeling as if maybe now isn’t the time to focus on my dreams. But, at the end of the day, the thought of having my parents aboard my aircraft and they can proudly say that their daughter is piloting them has kept me going. I want to set an example to future pilots and not just tell them, but prove to them, that no matter what situation life hands you, you CAN do it.

If chosen, I will finish my flight training at the school I am currently enrolled at, L3Harris Commercial Training Solutions. With the financial assistance of a scholarship, I will be able to finish my Multi-Engine rating and then move on to my CFI/CFII/MEI certificates. I will continue to dedicate myself to my training and accomplish what I have set out to conquer- to become an airline pilot.

With great appreciation, Natalee A. Negron

 

 

261 Comments

  1. Marie Peterson

    Of course I’m bias… But these are all amazing women. I’m proud of my daughters’ ambitions and pleased to read that she will be surrounded by like minded and talented female aviators!
    Lea Hadzick, knows there’s more to life, has caught the fly bug and believes in herself! Momma is smiling proud!

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    • flygirlllc

      Marie,
      Thank you very much for sending me your comments. Lea is an amazing individual, as they all are (which makes this so challenging)! Have a great night! Natalie

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      • Michael stern

        I am voting for Heather Geer i think it would be great to have a woman Warbird instructor to teach others in order to keep history flying.

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        • flygirlllc

          Thanks, Michael! I love her passion for the warbirds too!! We definitely share that interest! Natalie Kelley

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      • LCDR Trevor DiMarco, USN

        I would like to submit my support for Heather Geer. I second all of the positive comments regarding her character, care and passion.

        I was first introduced to Heather when I heard her on the radio during her first solo. She sounded equal parts competent, commanding and excited. It is clear that this is a life-long passion. This is evident when you look at the books on shelves: books on flying, history of flight, mechanics of airplanes and general aviation educational manuals. Helping to bring her lifelong dream to fruition would be an incredible gift. No doubt, in return, you would have the very best representative – a walking testimony to your generosity and advancement in women in aviation. – LCDR Trevor DiMarco, USN E/A18G pilot

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        • flygirlllc

          Thank you LCDR DiMarco for sending me your impression of Heather. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service! 🙂 Natalie Kelley

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    • Rick Kluver

      I vote for Kristina,
      I have had the privilege of flying with her and enjoy seeing the excitement that Aviation bring to her.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you Rick for sending me your thoughts about Kristina! I appreciate it very much! Natalie Kelley

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      • Jamie

        My vote is for Lea Hadzick!

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        • flygirlllc

          Thank you Rick for sending me your “vote!” Natalie

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    • Stephanie Bush

      I vote for Heather Geer. Not only is she kind, genuine and overall a badass chick, her hard work and dedication is an inspiration to others.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you, Stephanie! Natalie

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    • Erin

      Heather Geer would make a worthy recipient for your scholarship. She’s been working on this a long time and could finally get her PPL with the help of your generous funding. – Erin Recke, B-737 pilot Alaska Airlines

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you Erin for your response. I appreciate it! Natalie Kelley

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    • Susan Skugstad

      I have to submit my vote for Heather Geer. I first met her when she was a young girl riding horses at a barn where I took lessons. She was incredibly friendly and positive and took on lots of work both at the barn and with outside work to support her goals. She excelled in her riding and competition and I can hardly tell you what she looks like without a smile.

      I know Heather will be an outstanding and untiring ambassador to represent the women who flew the warbirds. She’s a perfect role model for other young women who have a desire to fly. A scholarship awarded to Heather is a smart investment to further the face of women in aviation.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you very much, Susan! N Kelley

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    • Marcy posey

      I enjoyed reading these essays. What wonderful stories. Lea Hadzick’s was my favorite. Make your dreams come true and FLY!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks, Marcy! They are each very impressive individuals! I wish they all lived closer to me so we could go flying together! Haha! I appreciate the time you took to read the essays and send me your thoughts. I love how involved people have been in this process! Natalie

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    • Rochelle K

      I’m casting my vote for my niece Heather Geer. As long as I can remember she has loved flying. Her strong passion for the women pilots who were instrumental in WWII and women’s pilots foraging ahead today. I love listening to her and seeing her face light up when she is sharing history about the women of flight. I’m so proud of her accomplishments in her life. I would love to see her reach her dream of teaching others the love of flight and the history with it.

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      • flygirlllc

        Rochelle,
        Thank you for sending me your thoughts on Heather! I love that she has a passion for sharing the WASP history as well!! Thanks again, Natalie

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  2. Kate S

    Heather Geer is a great friend and a dedicated aviator. I can’t think of a more worthy recipient. In the 15 years I spent in the warbird industry, there was a significant and noticeable lack of women warbird pilots. I never completed my flight training, largely due to cost, but also because I yearned to fly in old tail-wheel aircraft and there were at that time zero instructors or aircraft available. It would be wonderful to see Heather tick all those boxes and be an inspiration to other female would-be aviators.

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    • flygirlllc

      Kate,
      I love the warbirds too and appreciate that about Heather. She is very impressive. I’m fortunate to have met so many wonderful female pilots through this process. #thankful Natalie Kelley

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    • Tanya Stewart

      I am voting for Heather Geer.

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      • Nancy

        I’m voting for Heather Geer and her passion to fly!

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        • flygirlllc

          Thanks Nancy! N Kelley

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  3. Jake

    Kristina Lengs essay was a notch above the rest. The way the words are articulated to fit her thoughts and passion about flying is spectacular!

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    • flygirlllc

      Jake,
      Yay! Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. I love the engagement from everyone!! :). Natalie

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      • Kristi

        I vote for Kelsey Sagen. Tough decision but her story resonated with me. Good luck to all.

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        • flygirlllc

          Thanks, Kristi! It is a tough decision! I appreciate your time! Natalie

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    • Megan

      My vote is for miss Laura Galvez.

      I know she has worked hard to get where she’s at in starting her aviation career and this is just the beginning for her. This scholarship will truly help her crush her goals as a female pilot.

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      • flygirlllc

        Hello Megan! Thank you so much for sending me your “vote!” Natalie

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  4. Cassandra

    I would choose Kristina Leng! Good luck to all of these amazing women!! They all sound driven and wonderful. Good luck choosing the finalist!!

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    • flygirlllc

      Cassandra,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to send me your thoughts. It is much appreciated! ✈️ Natalie

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      • Kim Knott

        Heather Geer gets my vote! She is clearly passionate and committed to pursuing her flight instruction regardless of financial restrictions. Working full time for a non profit she is “hands on” involved in giving back to others which is a highly deserving quality. Her 5 year goal of flying with Bravo 369 and eventually as a tailwheel CFI is inspiring to both young and old. Let’s not forget the importance that women have played in aviation! Heather you ROCK, best of luck!

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        • flygirlllc

          I’m impressed with Heather’s efforts as well! Thank you! Natalie

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    • Ella

      I can certainly relate to Kristina’s desire to find her dream while striving to make her dad proud…she deserves it!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you Ella! Natalie Kelley

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    • Megan K

      Heather Geer has my vote! And my 9yr old daughter’s vote as well! My daughter and I became part of Heather’s family when I married her cousin. Even before we were married, Heather welcomed us into the family and has always made us feel at home. She even let my then 6yr old daughter ride her horse, Chloe, and walked her around the pen for a couple of hours while my daughter had the time of her life! Something my daughter STILL talks about. I truly admire Heather. Her dream of honoring the WASPs is so cool and I know those veterans that are no longer with us are looking down so proud of her. When we visited the air museum in Seattle, my daughter was very impressed by the stein women that, served in WWII. By continuing to honor their legacy, Heather would be continuing to prove to women of all ages “the sky is the limit” but we can go even further! She’s very dedicated and I know the scholarship would mean so much to her. We love you Heather! Good luck!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you, Megan, for your comments and your email! I appreciate your time and effort! Natalie Kelley

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  5. Chiara Fortuna

    Kelsey Sagen

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Chiara! N Kelley

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      • Tracy Stein

        My father was a military pilot and shared this same passion. I vote for Heather Geer.

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  6. Cathy Hackney

    Stacy Williamson gets my vote – mother of 3, working hard towards a dream and sharing that passion with her children. Being a working female is hard enough- add the title of mother to that and it’s a game changer. Buts she’s not giving up!

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    • flygirlllc

      Cathy, Isn’t that the truth!?! Thank you for commenting and sharing your thoughts. It is much appreciated❤️. Natalie

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      • Robert Joslyn

        I vote for Stacy Williamson. I have been her CFI since she started her flight lessons. She’s very enthusiastic about flying and is very determined to get her PPL.

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        • flygirlllc

          Robert,
          Hello! Thank you for taking the time to send me your thoughts on Stacy. She is very passionate about flying and has great determination. I know she will earn her PPL and use it often! Thanks again, Natalie Kelley

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        • Kristine Moe

          I vote for Heather Geer, an awesome lady!

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          • flygirlllc

            Thank you Kristine!

  7. Cheryl Rutoski

    Kelsey is a hard working women. She is very determined to fulfill her goal to become an airline pilot.

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    • flygirlllc

      Cheryl, I appreciate your comments. I love sharing each of these women’s passions with everyone too. It’s nice to know their efforts do not go unnoticed. Natalie

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      • Julie Crisp

        I vote for Stacy Williamson. She has such a passion for flying and shares that enthusiasm with so many and instilling the love of flight with her children. She is a great representative for “women in the air.”

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        • flygirlllc

          Thank you, Julie! Natalie Kelley

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  8. John Rutoski

    I vote for Kelsey Sagen, she seems like a hard working young professional whom will become a very good pilot and mentor to other expiring pilots.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, John, for taking the time to read these essays and send me your thoughts. It is much appreciated! Natalie

      Reply
    • Darya Shah

      My vote is hands down for Kelsey Sagen! Hats off to the rest of the group, proud to see such talented woman surrounding her. But Kelsey is one in a million. The way her eyes light up when she shares her flying experiences, her dreams, her ambitions. It’s truly moving. She will be such a huge asset to the industry!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!! I’m impressed with each of these ladies and this will be a difficult decision! Natalie Kelley

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        • Jean Grzeika

          My vote is for Stacey Williamson. She is very passionate about flying.Shes also a dedicated mother to her children,also to her husband and her job. Stacey puts her whole self into doing the best to achieve the highest achievement there is in all she does.0

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          • flygirlllc

            Jean,
            Hello! Thank you for reaching out to me and sharing your thoughts on Stacy! She is an impressive woman!!! Natalie Kelley

  9. Katie Hennessey

    I am so excited for Stacy! She deserves this so much as she is so passionate about aviation! She shares this beautiful experience with her lovely children and exposes us all to this world through her variety of photos and videos on her social pages. What a wonderful person to represent this scholarship!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Katie! I really appreciate everyone’s input. Blue skies, Natalie

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  10. Drake H

    I thoroughly enjoyed Stacy Williamson’s essay and was touched by her aviator application to more than just her career goals. Concretely, Stacy has exerted much of her passion in motherhood, personal/vocational brand and in her community. This scholarship would allow her to fly and flourish in more than just realizing her dream as a pilot.

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    • flygirlllc

      Drake, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it very much! 🙂 Natalie

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  11. Ashley

    Kristina Leng gets my vote!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Ashley!!! Natalie

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      • Maria

        Kristina Leng’s pulls on my heart strings. I can tell that she has all it takes to be a successful pilot, and I also think she would bring others along with her. I see prior successes, strong family, a dream of flying that she has returned to more strong and readier than ever. By her essay, I can tell that she will succeed at instrument training and more. FlyGirl, I vote for Kristina Leng.

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        • flygirlllc

          Maria,
          Thank you for sending me your comments about Kristina. I need all the input I can get because this is a difficult decision! Natalie Kelley

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        • Lauren Ham

          Heather Geer FTW!!!

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  12. Amanda

    As Kristina Leng‘s coworker I would absolutely love to see her get this scholarship. She’s an amazing woman and id love to see her passions fly, literally!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Amanda for your response. I appreciate the feedback immensely! Natalie

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    • Rooz

      Kelsey Sagen would an excellent choice. Her passion for aviation is bar none. She has and will continue to go the extra mile to make her dreams a reality. Kelsey Sagen is my hero.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks!!! Natalie

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    • Gail Vondra

      I think Kelsey Sagen is very worthy of your generous scholarship. She seems to be a very dedicated hard working young woman, and I would love her to be able to fulfill her dreams.

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      • flygirlllc

        Hello Gail! Thank you for taking the time to learn about these women and for supporting Kelsey! She is an impressive woman! Natalie

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  13. Juanita Williams

    I am so impressed with all these young women but would like to see Kristina Leng be the proud recipient of the Fly Girl scholarship. She has taken a different road to find her real dream but I am sure all her experiences have been beneficial in carrying her to this point. It appears that this prize would assist her in meeting her final goal and make this dream become reality.

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    • flygirlllc

      Hello flyGIRL Juanita!!! I know you from FB!! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!! Natalie

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      • Tracy Case

        Amazing women and all have great stories, accomplishments and dreams. I would pick Kelsey; her humble yet confident Spirit is refreshing.

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        • flygirlllc

          Thanks Tracy! She is remarkable. They all have great, humble spirits, which makes this very challenging! Natalie Kelley

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  14. Linda

    Kelsey Sagen

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Linda!! Natalie

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      • Brynn

        Kristina’s essay was beautifully written and she has been an inspiration to me my entire life. I can think of no one more passionate, driven, and deserving of this scholarship!

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        • flygirlllc

          Thank you for your comments!! Natalie

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    • Quintina Rogers

      Laura’s story is so aspiring. She is very deserving of this scholarship!

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      • flygirlllc

        Hi! Thank you for commenting! Laura is awesome! Whatever happens, each of these women will all be great pilots!! Natalie Kelley

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    • Rooz

      Kelsey Sagen would an excellent choice. Her passion for aviation is bar none. She has and will continue to go the extra mile to make her dreams a reality. Kelsey Sagen is my hero.

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      • flygirlllc

        Kelsey is great! I enjoyed speaking with her. She has a great attitude and personality! Thanks for your thoughts! Natalie

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  15. Anna Anderson

    Kelsey Sagen is a practical dreamer who excels in dreaming big dreams, and accomplishing them! There is always a great cost to herself (the dream of being a pilot is no exception), but she chooses the hard thing anyway, knowing how important it is to do the work you love! She inspires me to believe in seemingly impossible dreams, and shows me it’s actually possible with hard work and people who believe in you. The diligence, research, careful saving, and creativity she has demonstrated is impressive, and I’m confident she will always represent females in aviation well! In conclusion, I believe Kelsey Sagen makes a worthy candidate for the Fly Girl Scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you very much Anna! I appreciate your feedback!! 🙂 Natalie

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  16. Christian Porter

    Laura is very hardworking and dedicated to her dream. She has excelled In every arena that she has been in and will continue this. She definitely deserve and will appreciate this scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Christian,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I need all the help I can get! This is tough! All of these women are amazing! Natalie

      Reply
  17. Helen Saunders

    What a great group of candidates! All of these women seem like great role models, but the essay by Laura Galvez really stood out to me. Her passion for aviation and mentorship really shone through, and her experience in such varied fields will surely mean she can relate to so many women looking to change to a career in aviation. I love that her aspiration is to really make a difference, and eventually end up tackling wildfires with the Fire Department. The commitment and motivation to plan that far down the line is inspiring. Good luck!

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    • flygirlllc

      Helen,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! I appreciate you taking the time to learn about these women. They each have a great story and I know they will all be great pilots! Natalie

      Reply
  18. Angela

    Congratulations to all the women nominated for this amazing scholarship! Kristina Leng would be a great representation of the FlyGirl mission. Her story is inspiring, motivating and heart felt. I greatly admire her courage to challenge gender norms as a female hockey player and her drive to become a pilot in a male-dominated industry. I respect her desire to honor her father, follow her dreams and her passion for aviation. She is an inspiration and role model to women. I look forward to what she will accomplish with the FlyGirl scholarship and beyond.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Angela! I appreciate your comments! Natalie

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  19. Amanda

    I think that Kelsey Sagen would be an amazing recipient of the fly girl scholarship. Watching her take the steps to pursue her passion has been inspiring. She has always been one to set her mind to something and stick with it no matter what. It has been so neat to watch her overcome obstacles continuously and not give up, but just work through the next thing one step at a time. I know that if she was to receive this scholarship, she would be able to pursue this passion and career with dedication and determination. Kelsey would be an amazing woman to represent fly girl because of her gentle and caring determination. She has a contagious personality that can bring a smile to anyone around her. She will pursue this career with integrity and inclusion to everyone around. Kelsey is a wonderful candidate and I think she would be a great choice for the fly girl scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Amanda! N Kelley

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  20. Amanda

    I think that Kelsey Sagen would be an amazing recipient of the fly girl scholarship. Watching her take the steps to pursue her passion has been inspiring. She has always been one to set her mind to something and stick with it no matter what. It has been so neat to watch her overcome obstacles continuously and not give up, but just work through the next thing one step at a time. I know that if she was to receive this scholarship, she would be able to pursue this passion and career with dedication and determination. Kelsey would be an amazing woman to represent fly girl because of her gentle and caring determination. She has a contagious personality that can bring a smile to anyone around her. She will pursue this career with integrity and inclusion to everyone around. Kelsey is a wonderful candidate and I think she would be a great choice for the fly girl scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Amanda for reaching out and taking the time to send me your thoughts about Kelsey. She is pretty awesome! :). Natalie

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  21. Kori Sagen

    Kelsey is my daughter and of course I vote for her but more because of her sacrifice for others and her determination. She has worked hard and truest has a financial need for the scholarship but will also represent the program well and will pay it forward in the future!

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    • flygirlllc

      Kori,
      Thank you very much for commenting! I appreciate it. Kelsey is a great candidate and seems like a wonderful person! Natalie

      Reply
  22. Susan Field

    Wow. Stacy Williamson is fighting the fight! I feel her essay in my bones because working full time and juggling my kids’ activities and lives makes flight time and training difficult at best and near impossible at times. How refreshing to hear her volunteer goals and see her make aviation a part of her whole family’s life in order to keep working toward her goals! I love to hear women
    hold their hand out to pull up the next person. Just like you, Natalie! Goals.

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    • flygirlllc

      Susan, Thank you for taking the time to let me know your thoughts on the nominees! I appreciate it very much! All of these women are an inspiration to me as well! Natalie

      Reply
  23. Brenda Fowler

    Kelsey Sagen, comes from a hardworking, determined family. I know she will do her best to make her dream come true. She is a great candidate for the Fly Girl Scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Brenda for sharing your thoughts on Kelsey! :). Natalie Kelley

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  24. Nikki Grandt

    Kristina’s essay deserves the scholarship!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Nikki!

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  25. Zac

    Kristina’s essay spoke to me the most out of the seven finalists. I also know Kristina personally as she lives two houses down from me. I watched Kristina work extremely hard this summer during her PPL training.She is very disciplined and focused. Kristina is working multiple jobs jobs to save money and the $4k scholarship would allow her to focus on her instrument rating!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Zac for taking the time to share your comments! I appreciate it! Natalie

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  26. Paris Jeffcoat

    Although the seven finalist have all written great essays, Kristina’s spoke to me the most. As one of Kristina’s best friends I have watched her go through some of life’s toughest situations. Kristina does not mention this in her essay, but she has overcome unimaginable adversity in her life over the last five years. This money would be a great investment for your organization as Kristina is on her way to new heights in every aspect of her life. She mentions “giving back,” when it’s her turn. I can tell you from experience that not only will she will give back, but she will give back more than what she has received. You would be doing the right thing by awarding Kristina this scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      I have enjoyed getting to know more about Kristina. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, as well. Stay tuned! It is a tough decision! Natalie Kelley

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  27. Kim Hickson

    I would absolutely love to see Kristina Leng win this scholarship! I’ve never seen such a dedicated individual turning her dreams into a reality! As a professional aviator I truly understand the commitment and sacrifices it takes to succeed in the aviation world and Kristina has what it takes to not give up!! You go girl!! So proud!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Kim for reaching out and sharing your thoughts about Kristina!! Natalie Kelley

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    • Anne Muirhead

      Kelsey Sagen is my choice. I admire her enthusiasm.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thank you Anne for sharing your thoughts! Natalie Kelley

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  28. Lisa Leng

    Thank you for considering my daughter, Kristina Leng, for this scholarship. I love seeing how hard Kristina works. She has been working two jobs to help pay for her training. She is following a dream that she has had for a long time. It is really nice to see her achieving her goals. I know how much this scholarship would help her. I am very impressed and proud of Kristina, as well as the rest of the girls on this site. Best of luck to all!

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    • flygirlllc

      Lisa,
      Your daughter is amazing! She is going to be a great pilot!! Thank you for taking the time to send me a message! I appreciate it! Natalie

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  29. Maria Leng

    Kristina Leng is a beautiful person. I’m her aunt. I’ve never seen her work as hard as she has getting her pilot’s license, and now her instrument rating. I fully expect she will continue to amaze and delight us. Kristina has a big heart and always thinks of others. Scholarships like Fly Girl offers allow women to achieve their very exciting and expensive goal. It’s great to see so many promising women in Aviation. Thank you for considering her!

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    • flygirlllc

      Hello! Thank you for writing Maria! Kristina is impressive and I’m sure you are proud of her. You should be! Flight training is challenging! I appreciate your time very much! Natalie Kelley

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  30. John Leng

    Kristina is very focused and a scholarship would be a well rewarded investment in her.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion on Kristina! It is much appreciated! Natalie

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  31. Brayden Paur

    Kelsey Sagen’s aspirations are impressive and so attainable. According to her essay, she has her dream clearly set out before her and that is to become a captain. That dream is something that she has been working towards and has had to make sacrifices to do so. She is, as she stated in her essay, “willing to do whatever it takes.” That’s the kind of tenacity that is needed to pursue this career.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you for your thoughts on the scholarship applicant, Kelsey. It is very helpful to me! Natalie Kelley

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      • Claude

        I vote for Stacy Williamson! I’m married with no kids and still struggle to find the time to do the things I truly enjoy. I am in awe of Stacy and her drive.

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        • flygirlllc

          Claude,
          Good evening! Thank you very much for your comments! I appreciate your time and thoughts very much! Natalie Kelley

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  32. Kristina Thomas

    Such a proud moment to read all the essay’s! Having watched Kristina’s flight training from the FBO as a CFI, I can attest she will put the scholarship to the best use possible in completing her Instrument Rating and be a role model in “Passing the Baton” to the next young lady that follows her footsteps..We all pull each other along here and I know she will go far and do the same..

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Kristina, for letting me know your thoughts about Kristina! I appreciate your time! Natalie Kelley

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  33. Shirley Leck

    Kelsey is a goal oriented person and always has been. She accomplishes whatever she chooses to do and does so above and beyond what is required of her. She deserves to receive the scholarship because she will be an asset to any airline.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Shirley for letting me know your thoughts on the applicant, Kelsey. It’s very helpful! Natalie Kelley

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  34. Captain James M. Preiss

    I’ve known Kristina for many years. She lives next door to me. Her father Chris and I are Captains for United Airlines. Kristina is deserving of this scholarship and any money granted to her will be used toward her instrument rating as she is currently training! She is one of the hardest working people I know. She has the passion, desire and motivation to go far in her aviation pursuit This would be a great investment for both Sporty’s and flyGirl!

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    • flygirlllc

      Captain Preiss, Thank you very much for your time. Kristina is very impressive! I know she will go far in aviation! Natalie Kelley

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  35. Bob Manson

    Kristina Leng has always amazed me. I’m her dad’s cousin, and I learned with admiration over the years about her stellar hockey career and her many other undertakings. And now she has amazed us all again – not only with her recent adventure skydiving from 10,000 feet, but especially with her focussed determination in obtaining her private pilot’s licence and pressing on towards her instrument rating. It’s clear that – just like several others of us in her immediate and extended families – Kristina is truly an aviation person. I experienced her aviation enthusiasm and knowledge this summer when I went with her and her dad to Oshkosh (my first time), and it looks to me as if she is going to go a long way! I highly recommend Kristina Leng for the flyGIRL scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, Bob! I appreciate your feedback! Natalie Kelley

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  36. Fred Sweet

    They are all amazing applicants. I would highly recommend Miss Leng for the scholarship. I have a personally observed her as a CFI and she has demonstrated singular focus discipline dedication and sacrifice to start her career in aviation after other significant life experiences. She is definitely in the top 1% of all students I’ve mentored over the years. I think they are all excellent candidates and look forward to observing them become leaders in aviation

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Fred for your feedback. I really appreciate it! Natalie Kelley

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  37. Chris Leng

    What a great group of finalists, congratulations everyone! As a mentor to many young aviators, it is so exciting to see someone reach their goals in the aviation field. What’s even more exciting is when you get to see someone “pay it forward”. I have high confidence that Kristina Leng will more than excel when it becomes her time. As Kristina’s father I am obviously biased, so let me just say how proud I am of her and once again, so impressed with her amazing work ethic. Good luck everyone!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you very much, Chris! Natalie Kelley

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  38. Penny Kluver

    My husband and I are friends of Kristina Leng and her parents. We saw her just after one of her first lessons. She showed so much enthusiasm about flying! Fast forward 5 months and we saw her after she got her PPL and she was already talking about the next step in flying. The scholarship money would certainly help her to achieve that goal. She is a very motivated individual and shows great discipline.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Penny, for sharing your comments on Kristina. I appreciate your insight and time! Natalie Kelley

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      • Dustin Johnson

        It is with whole-hearted confidence I ask you to consider Heather Geer for this illustrious honor. Heather would represent you well. She has spent her life, including her love of flying, in service to others. She works at a homeless shelter for women, kids and families with kids as one of the leaders of the organization in her role as Development Director. AFC is one of the most successful in the State of Washington,
        having served over 300 families in her tenure, including nearly 500 homeless children. Her leadership has helped lead two families in the last 26 months from homelessness to home ownership. With her father, they have worked to bring history to life – highlighting the importance of the T6 Texan in American history. As the anniversary of that flight approaches, Heather continues to work with a small board of leaders to celebrate and bring awareness to America’s alliance with Russia in World War II. No doubt you, too, can play a pivotal role in helping this cause by gifting Heather with this awesome award, helping further her flight education in pursuit of this awesome dream.

        I cannot fathom a person of greater character, moral and ethical excellence, a true heart for giving back, and someone that will accept this honor humbly, with incredible gratitude and will represent you and your interests better than any expectation you shall set.

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        • flygirlllc

          Thank you so much for taking the time to send me your thoughts on Heather! Natalie Kelley

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  39. David

    Wow, what a difficult choice you have. Simply from my perspective, Stacy Williamson seems to need the scholly the most. And I think my second would choice would be Laura Galvez, since she wants to use the award to help give back by becoming an aerial firefighter.

    Again, all are deserving and I sure don’t envy you having to pick only one!

    Thanks for all you do for aviation, Natalie!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks, David!! It’s good to hear from you and I appreciate your thoughts!! Natalie

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  40. Kristi F

    Stacy gets my vote! Talk about someone that does it all and still finds a way to pursue her passion to make it a reality…such an inspiration!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you very much, Kristi! I appreciate your time! Natalie Kelley

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  41. Susan Grouse

    I vote for Stacy Williamson. I have known Stacy for many years and it’s a honor to call her my friend. Stacy is a very driven person. Flying has been a passion that she shared with her children. In addition to her children Stacy has always been an amazing mentor to many young adults trying to find their path. The care that Stacy put into assisting these young adults is inspirational. If she were to get this scholarship I know she will be there to guide many other women on their path to achieving their dreams of being a pilot.

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    • flygirlllc

      Susan,
      Thank you very much for sending me your comments on Stacy! I appreciate it! Natalie Kelley

      Reply
  42. Scott Williamson

    “I believe that a girl should not do what she thinks she should do, but should find out through experience what she wants to do.”

    Amelia Earhart could have been describing Stacy Williamson when she said that. Although the two women are generations apart, the message is timeless.

    Flying has stirred a new passion which only gets temporarily quenched when she’s at the controls over New England with her instructor.

    This scholarship would make a huge difference in Stacy’s life and that of her family. I know, because I’m biased – I’m her father-in-law. But I’d feel the same just from knowing the character Stacy possesses and her willingness not just to try, but succeed.

    “There’s more to life than being a passenger,” said Earhart. This scholarship would help Stacy get out of the passenger seat and continue as the pilot.

    Thank you for considering her application.

    Scott Williamson

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, Scott! I have enjoyed chatting with Stacy. She is a remarkable person with such a beautiful, infectious smile! The decision is challenging because they are all great candidates! I thank you again for your time. Natalie Kelley

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  43. Linda Williamson

    Upon reading the essays of all these exceptional candidate, they all deserve scholarships! What remarkable women!

    Stacy Williamson truly works hard to balance all of life’s challenges while following her passion for aviation. After the birth of her third child, it would have been easy to give up her dream of becoming a pilot. She was very committed to attaining that goal.

    She is not only a terrific role model for all of her children, but shares her love of flying with other women who may have those same dreams.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you again, Linda!! N Kelley

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  44. DONNA Byrd

    Stacy Williamson is such a deserving person for this! She is such a hard worker, a great mom, and a true friend to so many!

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    • flygirlllc

      Donna,
      Thank you for your thoughts!! I appreciate it!! Natalie Kelley

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  45. Elaine D. Snively

    Please vote for Stacy. She has met many challenges in her life and flying is just one of them.

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    • flygirlllc

      Elaine,
      Thank you! I appreciate your time sending me your vote!! 🙂 Stacy is awesome!! Natalie Kelley

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      • Charity Ewald

        I am voting for Heather Geer. I want to see that Texan fly through MT once again.

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  46. Linda Williamson

    Upon reading the essays of all of these exceptional candidates, they all deserve scholarships! What remarkable women!

    Stacy Williamson truly works hard to balance all of life’s challenges while following her passion for aviation. After the birth of her third child, it would have been easy to give up her dream of becoming a pilot. She was very committed to attaining that goal.

    She is not only a terrific role model for all of her children, but shares her love of flying with other women who may have those same dreams.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks, Linda! She is quite a mother and role model! I’ve enjoyed chatting with her. It’s a really difficult decision because they are all great candidates! Thanks again, Natalie Kelley

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  47. Stephanie

    I am in the 99’s with Stacy Williamson. She is a dedicated and passionate pilot. She shares her passion for aviation with her 3 young children, always taking them on aviation themed adventures. Aside from her passion for aviation she is very kind, considerate and compassionate. She has worked hard on achieving her dream of being a pilot and is well deserving of this scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Hello Stephanie! Thank you for letting me know your thoughts on Stacy. She is awesome!! I wish she lived closer so we could go flying together! I guess I’ll have to travel up north soon to visit her! :). Natalie Kelley

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  48. Sarah

    I vote for Stacy Williamson! Her passion for aviation is infectious. I admire how her whole family is learning to pursue their dreams and aim high from her ambition to become a pilot. By supporting Stacy, you’re supportIng 3 additional future pilots💙💙💖

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    • flygirlllc

      Hello Sarah! Thank you for letting me know your thoughts on Stacy. She is a very strong and passionate woman. I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to get to know her and look forward to watching her journey!! Natalie Kelley

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  49. Susan Neal

    I don’t know any of the candidates personally. Natalee Negron gets my vote. Her past flight experience shows she is determined to become an airline pilot. My husband had the same drive when he was struggling to pay for his flight training.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, Susan! I appreciate your opinion! Natalie Kelley

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  50. Sasha

    Stacy Williamson is a great mom and friend. She deserves to pursue her dream and achieve it! Wishing her much luck

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks, Sasha for your feedback! Natalie Kelley

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  51. Melissa Hesse

    I’m voting for Stacy Williamson. She had amazed me by working full time, being the mother of three young beautiful children all while following her dream & passion on becoming a pilot.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, Melissa! N Kelley

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      • Dustin Johnson

        It is with whole-hearted confidence I ask you to consider Heather Geer for this illustrious honor. Heather would represent you well. She has spent her life, including her love of flying, in service to others. She works at a homeless shelter for women, kids and families with kids as one of the leaders of the organization in her role as Development Director. AFC is one of the most successful in the State of Washington,
        having served over 300 families in her tenure, including nearly 500 homeless children. Her leadership has helped lead two families in the last 26 months from homelessness to home ownership. With her father, they have worked to bring history to life – highlighting the importance of the T6 Texan in American history. As the anniversary of that flight approaches, Heather continues to work with a small board of leaders to celebrate and bring awareness to America’s alliance with Russia in World War II. No doubt you, too, can play a pivotal role in helping this cause by gifting Heather with this awesome award, helping further her flight education in pursuit of this awesome dream.

        I cannot fathom a person of greater character, moral and ethical excellence, a true heart for giving back, and someone that will accept this honor humbly, with incredible gratitude and will represent you and your interests better than any expectation you shall set.

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    • Jenny Garcia

      Heather Geer

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    • Dave Kennedy

      I vote for Heather Geer. Even though it may seem bias as I am her cousin, I firmly believe that her passion for aviation and the preservation of women’s history in aviation makes her an excellent choice for this scholarship. She’s a beautiful person and an amazing teacher who is always willing to share her love of aviation and educate anyone who is interested. By choosing Heather, it will allow her to share these wonderful traits with more people who seek the same knowledge and have the passion.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks, Dave! N Kelley

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  52. Kelly

    As a fellow female student pilot, I feel that Kelsey Sagan has the same never give up, hard working attitude that I have. And I SO respect that! My vote is for Kelsey! Good luck!

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  53. Steve

    All of these women are deserving, and I see your dilemma. They are all committed and have/are sacrificing much to reach their goals. My vote goes to Stacy Williamson, because I understand the affects of trying to stay involved with your dreams to fly with family obligations. I got my private certificate in college, but putting my flying on hold for the next 30 years for family and job obligations was hard. Stacy deserves the support to reach her flying dreams and the ability to share it with her family, which will be an inspiration to her kids and others.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Steve! I appreciate your time! Natalie

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  54. Terry Green

    Heather Geer is my first and only choice. She has an amazing spirit and is supported by family and friends both in and out of aviation.

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  55. Caylynn

    I am voting for Heather Geer! Knowing her personally I have seen her dedication and how hard working she is. She is so passionate about the aviation community and would love to see her complete her training and keep the WASP History alive!

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  56. Adrianne Reynolds

    I align with Kelsey the most; working hard, involved in a multitude of facets in aviation, and longing to immerse herself into this lifestyle.
    She’s got my vote.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, Adrianne! I appreciate your time and comments! Natalie

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  57. Maya

    My choice is Heather Geer. Having followed BRAVO 369’s progress as well as spending time at the Heritage Flight Museum, I know that Heather will prove to be an invaluable asset to both organizations as a certified private pilot.

    Her smile and unwavering optimism have helped her overcome many challenges in the male-dominated aviation realm and this generous gift will allow her to finish her dream.

    She will be an inspiration to all of the young museum visitors when she steps out of that warbird!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you! N Kelley

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  58. Jordy

    My vote is for Heather Geer!!!

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  59. Beatriz De La Rosa Perez

    My vote is for Heather Geer

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  60. Joe Kunzler

    I’d like to see Heather Geer win it, she’s a natural ambassador for Airshow Fans and has put a lot of time into supporting her father w/ Bravo369 Foundation AND also Heritage Flight Museum.

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    • Alex tkach

      Laura galvez!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks, Alex!! Natalie

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  61. Rachel Lull

    My vote is for Heather Geer!

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  62. Daryl Wade

    Heather Geer has my vote. She has shown a lot of determination and commitment to her dream of becoming a pilot and fulfilling her dreams.

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  63. Mike Haslip

    My vote is for Heather Geer. I have a lifelong interest in aviation and history. Projects such as Warbirds bring our sense of history alive and current by providing wonderful touchstones for aviation to the general public and especially our youth. My sense is that Ms Geer’s determination, intelligence and background bring her to the top in your field of strong candidates. The scholarship would benefit both her career and the aviation profession, through her role in promoting the accessibility of all aspects of aviation to women.

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    • flygirlllc

      I love warbirds myself! Thank you for sending me your thoughts! Natalie Kelley

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  64. Cal McKay

    I vote for Heather Geer. Her passion for flying has been a dream for years. She has the drive to persue her dreams. She will be a wonderful instructor. She listens and is very patient with people.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks, Cal! I appreciate your time! N Kelley

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  65. James

    Heather Geer has my vote! Seems like the most deserving and motivated prospect! I witnessed her first solo and I was impressed in her confidence as a ground observer. Comms were great, a nice tight pattern and solid landings! Go Heather!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you, James! N Kelley

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  66. Verity

    Heather Geer

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you!

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      • Joshua Patterson

        Cal Fire needs a pilot like Laura Galvez!

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        • flygirlllc

          Joshua,
          Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts!! I know California would be lucky to have her!! Natalie

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    • Drew

      I’m routing for Laura. I can relate to her story on a personal level. Giving up a life Established to start over In a more exciting field.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks, Drew! I appreciate you taking the time to learn about these women and send me your thoughts! :). Natalie

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    • Ashley

      My vote would go to either Kristina Leng or Heather Greer. I think Heather’s goals are awesome and there really is a need for more ladies with warbird expertise. Preserving these planes and the stories of the WASPs who flew them is so important to our story as women in aviation. While watching a documentary recently, it broke my heart to learn that these ladies did not get real recognition and acknowledgement until 2009. So it is very important to continue to educate others and share their story.

      Kristina’s story resonates with me as and following a similar path. I started as a teen with a goal to solo on my 16th birthday just like my dad did. I was scared to solo so it didn’t happen, after missing that goal I just lost focus. Now here I am 13 years later working on making my dreams a reality. I relate to her story on many levels and her passion really shows through.

      All of these ladies are deserving and are true flyGirls no matter who you choose! You have a tough decision to make!

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks, Ashley for taking the time to send me your thoughts on both women. I appreciate similar attributes in each of them as well. They will both make great pilots!! Natalie

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  67. Alex Bock

    I’d like to vote for Heather Geer please!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Alex!

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  68. Morgan Morgan

    I work with Kelsey at Delta and I’ve seen firsthand her passion for aviation and becoming a pilot. She dedicates so much of her time towards going after her dream and it’s truly admirable. I hope she wins this scholarship because she would put it to great use!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment! I’ve been impressed with Kelsey and know she will go far in aviation!! Natalie

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  69. Shannon Ennis jr.

    I’d like to place a vote for Laura

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Shannon! NK

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  70. Cheryl Ennis

    Voting for Laura

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Cheryl!

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  71. Shannon Sr.

    Vote for Laura

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  72. David Cody Hunter

    Laura Galvez gets my vote! She has an incredible outlook on life and she is one of the most positive people I have met and she’s got a lot of reasons not to be. She endured a back injury that took her 4+ years to recover. while she struggled through daily life during the recovery, she finished college, and now she’s chasing another dream. Laura is passionate and one of kind. Never met someone more deserving of scholarships and opportunities to help her achieve her future. She is one of a kind!

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    • flygirlllc

      David,
      Thank you very much for sending me your vote!! Natalie

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  73. Shannon Sr.

    I’m placing me vote on Laura. She looks to be working hard to meet her goals and do a job in the aviation community not many want to do.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Shannon! I appreciate your time! Natalie

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  74. Sean E.

    I’m voting for Laura. Though I work with her in the same company but different jobs. I can see how hard she works at trying to schedual her time efficiently in order to reach her goal as soon as possible. With this scholarship I believe she will be a big step closer to reaching her goals.

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    • flygirlllc

      Sean,
      Thank you! Natalie

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  75. Michelle Gilliland

    I’d like to vote for Laura Galvez!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Michelle!! N Kelley

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  76. Charlissa Hunter

    Please submit my vote for Laura Galvez.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Charlissa! Natalie

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  77. Alan Anders

    I vote for Heather Geer

    As a warbird pilot for
    The Heritage Flight Museum and the Bravo 369 “Warbirds to Siberia”
    Project, I can say uncategorically that Heather would be a great recipient

    I have flown with Heather and she has a natural affinity for flying
    And there is no shortage of enthusiasm ….
    She has the drive and ability to go far in aviation
    I have worked with Heather in challenging endeavors and she was
    A great facilitator and very pleasant to work with

    I can say without reservation, she would be a great choice for this scholarship

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you for your time, Alan! I’m very grateful! Natalie

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  78. Michael D.

    My vote goes out to Laura G! Took over as her flight instructor to help her finish her private and start her instrument. One of my hardest working and dedicated students I’ve had!

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    • flygirlllc

      Michael,
      Thank you very much!! Natalie

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  79. Tom Gilfillan

    Laura Galvez has earned my vote and is most deserving of this gracious scholarship! She is dedicated to flying and will continue to mentor others while pursuing her dream. She is one of the hardest working and dedicated professionals that I have had the pleasure of knowing. Having aspirations to join the team dedicated to putting out forest fires is noble and desperately needed. Select her now!!

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    • flygirlllc

      Tom,
      Thank you! Natalie

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  80. Alex Tkach

    I’m voting for Laura Galvez!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Alex!!! Natalie

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  81. Frank LiBretto

    Natalie!!!! My vote lies with Stacy Williamson. Having had my license since 2012, and still chasing that dream of earning a living as a pilot (without going CFI) while handling full-time responsibilities, I can truly relate to Stacy. You of all people should know what it is like raising kids while trying to become a pilot.

    With that being said, good luck to all of the ladies who took time to tell their stories.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks, Frank! Your comments are much appreciated! Natalie Kelley

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  82. Corey Ballard

    Without question, Laura is my choice. Having worked with Laura over the past few months at Epix Aviation, I can testify that she is dedicated, driven, and goal-oriented. She continually goes above and beyond to help others; I witness this firsthand almost every time I work with her. In the time I’ve worked with Laura, she has put out countless fires, from scheduling conflicts to airplane shuffling, to ensuring that all the aircraft are fueled when necessary. Laura is always one or two steps ahead of the game, which usually makes my job (as well as the jobs of the other instructors at Epix) much easier.

    As Laura has been working towards her instrument rating, it has been quite obvious how dedicated she is to learning. She is always asking the instructors at Epix questions, and it is obvious that she is committed to soaking up every bit of knowledge she can. The questions Laura asks always demonstrate her knack for critical thinking, desire to understand more about aviation, and a commitment to becoming the best pilot she can.

    Not only is Laura dedicated to flying, she is devoted to helping others. Just recently, after returning from a long day of flying to knock out her 300nm Commercial Cross Country, Laura spent time working out an error with a dispatch ticket, even though she was not clocked in and was not scheduled to be working. In the time I’ve worked at Epix, the times I’ve witnessed this kind of selflessness firsthand are too numerous to count.

    Laura’s ambition is contagious. She pushes those around her to become better, and I can say that she is one of the main reasons I’ve started pushing myself to work towards my CFII. I really look forward to having that rating completed and being able to help Laura on her way to making piloting a career. Students like Laura make the lives of instructors easy; dedication, drive, foresight, and critical thinking are all qualities that Laura possesses that will lead her to continued success in aviation.

    Regardless of the outcome of this scholarship, there is no doubt in my mind that Laura will be incredibly successful in aviation, as she has all the necessary traits to do so. However, reducing the financial barrier to entry that aviation so often has would allow her to do so at a pace that would be much more fitting for how driven Laura is. Laura is obviously hungry to learn more each day. Every day that I see her at work, she asks me something about flying, aircraft systems, airspace, or instrument flying. Her dedication to flying and learning would make short work of a scholarship; I’ve got no doubt that she’d be on the flight schedule every day pushing herself to learn more and get the next rating completed.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that Laura is more than deserving of this scholarship, and I can personally attest to her devotion to learning and her love of flying.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you very much for taking the time to send me your thoughts on Laura!! She seems like a wonderful individual to be around and work with! N Kelley

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  83. Verdie Wagenaar

    I would like to vote for Heather Geer!,

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    • Naveen Khatri

      My Vote is for Laura Galvez. She is very close to meeting her first major milestone by operating for hire and this scholarship will help. I can think of no better person to award this scholarship to as she is already volunteering in the aviation community and ultimately wants to use her aviation talents to selflessly give back to society as an aerial fire fighter. By awarding Laura this scholarship, you are not only investing in Laura’s aviation career but are also ultimately giving back to the community.

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      • flygirlllc

        Thanks Naveen!

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  84. Paul Wagenaar

    I would like to vote for Heather Geer.

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Paul!!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Paul!

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  85. Verdie

    My vote is for Heather Geer!!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you!

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    • flygirlllc

      :). Thank you!

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  86. Debbie Jennings

    I vote for Heather Geer. She has worked very hard to get her license. In this day of Kobe Bryant saying he was proud to be a “girl dad” – Heather’s dad is a perfect example of a man teaching and inspiring his daughter to be a pilot. And because he flies WWII aircraft as a passion to tell the untold story of the Russian Lend Lease Program in WWII, Heather took notice. She knew the WASP flew fighters to Great Falls, MT to support the first leg of plane delivery from the U.S. to Russian Allies, and she wanted to learn how to fly the warbirds. I need female pilots who can fly these planes for a miniseries about the women pilots of WWII. I would hate to have to use a male pilot wearing a wig!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thanks Debbie! I do appreciate Heather’s love and appreciation for sharing history and I’m a huge fan of the T-6!! Natalie

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  87. Ray Varo

    Kelsey totally deserves this! Her essay was amazing and really described how dedicated she is at what she does and what she loves. It is clear that flying is what she loves and is what she is meant to do with the rest of her life! She’s the perfect candidate for this scholarship.

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    • flygirlllc

      Ray,
      Thank you for taking the time to share your “vote!” Kelsey is an impressive woman! She will probably be piloting one of my Delta flights very soon!! :). Natalie

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  88. Ron Sagen

    I am Kelsey’s father so i may have some bias. That being said Kelsey lights up when talking about her flying experiences and future as a pilot. She has always been driven to fulfill her goals and has been a leader in many of the groups she has participated in. She will make a wonderful commercial pilot. I thank you for helping to fulfill her goal. All of these women are deserving; my vote would be for Kelsey!

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you Ron! I appreciate your time!! Natalie Kelley

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  89. Naveen Khatri

    My Vote is for Laura Galvez. She is very close to meeting her first major milestone by operating for hire and this scholarship will help. I can think of no better person to award this scholarship to as she is already volunteering in the aviation community and ultimately wants to use her aviation talents to selflessly give back to society as an aerial fire fighter. By awarding Laura this scholarship, you are not only investing in Laura’s aviation career but are also ultimately giving back to the community.

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  90. Lisa Osland

    I would award the fly girl scholarship to Kelsey Sagen.

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  91. Lena Standish

    I would like to vote for Laura Galvez!

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  92. Dimple Shah

    Laura Galvez’s story was incredible!

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  93. Jose Barrios

    My vote is for Laura Galvez

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  94. Sweta Shah

    Laura Galvez

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    • flygirlllc

      Thank you!

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  95. Karlee

    My vote is for Laura Galvez!!!!!!!!!!

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    • flygirlllc

      Yay!!! Thank you!

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  96. Andy Wheeler

    My vote is for Heather Geer!

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  97. Andy

    My vote is for Heather Geer!

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  98. Justin Jones

    My Vote is for Laura Galvez! Be the difference Laura!

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  99. Melania

    Laura Galvez!

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  100. Kelly Ocampo

    All wonderful and aspiring stories! These women are awesome, no wonder I didn’t make the cut, I’ll try again next year:)

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    • flygirlllc

      Kelly,
      Thank you for reaching out. I’m sure you’re wonderful too! Yes, keep trying. Please! Natalie Kelley

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