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AVweb's search of news in aviation found award announcements from Angel Flight and AOPA, and scholarship announcements from the Ninety-Nines/EAA and Whirly-Girls International. Angel Flight South Central announced that Board Chairperson Dianna Stanger has been awarded the coveted Endeavor Award for leadership and service in Public Benefit Flying. As a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight South Central, as well as several other Public Benefit Flying organizations, Stanger sets a high bar through flying missions providing transportation to people in their time of greatest need. California general aviation advocate Elliott Sanders has been named the 2015 winner of the Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award. The award is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) highest honor for individuals. Sanders is AOPA's Airport Support Network volunteer at Van Nuys Airport, an active private pilot and the owner of PAB Insurance Solutions.
The Ninety-Nines and EAA will award a $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during 2016 calendar year) who wants to learn to fly with financial support for flight training through first solo and beyond. In addition, the winner will receive a King School flight training course to prepare for the written exam and checkride. Whirly-Girls International announced the winners of the 2016 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Committee made the announcement on Feb. 28 at the Whirly-Girls International Annual Awards Banquet during the HAI Heli-Expo convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The Whirly-Girls awarded a record-breaking number of 28 scholarships to deserving female aviators, setting the bar for the entire helicopter industry, thanks to the support of aviation leaders.