Click Bond and the Reno High Sierra Ninety-Nines (RHS 99s) — have partnered to create a unique scholarship opportunity for women who aspire to become pilots.
Click Bond and the Reno High Sierra Ninety-Nines (RHS 99s) — a chapter of The Ninety-Nines female aviators’ organization — have partnered to create a unique scholarship opportunity for women who aspire to become pilots. This year, I was honored to receive the scholarship, which has afforded me a unique opportunity to begin the process of earning my private pilot’s license.
The Aviation Discovery Scholarship, valued up to $1,000 annually, is designed to jumpstart recipients’ aviation education in the hope that, after they have used scholarship funds to begin flight training, they will continue on to reach their flight goals.
As an engineer at Click Bond, I had been inspired by the passion for flight that is deeply ingrained in our company culture, and for several years I had considered earning my pilot’s license but wasn’t sure how to start. Knowing this, Click Bond’s Manager of Flight Operations and Maintenance Jere Marble, who is also a Certified Flight Instructor, approached me last summer about the Aviation Discovery Scholarship and encouraged me to apply.
I submitted the application packet and was invited to participate in a personal interview. In fall, I was notified that I had been selected for the scholarship! I was fortunate that Jere agreed to be my instructor, and we began lessons soon after. Since then, I have logged roughly 15 hours in the air, and I have enjoyed every minute of it! In fact, I’ve never had a hobby or interest that I’ve ever been this excited about before — I have developed a deep passion for flying, and I can’t wait to continue my training. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship has provided for me!
The Aviation Discovery Scholarship is available to female pilots or student pilots (of any aircraft) who are 16 or older, live within a 99-mile radius of Reno, and have had fewer than five hours of flight training. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 30. To learn more, visit