In memory of Francesca Norris, who was a dedicated and respected flight instructor, ISA+21 awards two scholarships each year to aspiring female airline pilots.  Even though Francesca’s dream of becoming an airline pilot was not realized, this scholarship will advance many women on a path to reach that dream.  The scholarships are for advanced flight instructor training programs and will assist women pilots in a career that Francesca loved.  Since 2019, ISA+21 has awarded over $55,000 to nine women in honor or Francesca Norris.

Scholarship Prerequisites:

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Hold an FAA Commercial Pilots License or equivalent
  • In pursuit of a career as an airline pilot
  • Hold a current first class medical certificate


  • Only one Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarship Award is allowed in a lifetime
  • Applicants may apply for both the FNMS & ISA+21 Financial Scholarship in a given year
  • Applicants may apply as many times as they wish
  • Training will be conducted at US Aviation Academy or approved flight school
  • Funds will be paid directly to the approved training organization
  • The winner is responsible for travel, housing, and personal expenses during training
  • Open to female applicants, as indicated on their pilot certificate


  • Submit required documents by emailing
  • All applications will be assessed by the Scholarship Committee for eligibility
  • Scholarship entries are due November 1st of each year
  • The scholarship winner is announced in March of each year

Morgan D.

"With each new experience I gain, I am better equipped to empower others. While my end goal is to fly internationally as an airline captain, aviation will never just be a career but a pursuit to mentor, uplift, and serve other aviators so that there is no hesitation in pursuing their dream."

Cadence B.

"My humble little Cherokee has helped many pilots reach ATP minimums and has given multiple Young Eagle flights. This plane is my pride and joy because I can give back to the community with it."

Our 2022 Recipients

In 2021, ISA+21 continued to award Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarships.  Two (2) deserving recipients were awarded $5,000 each in continuance of their flight training.

Are you next? 

ISA+21 awards the innaugural
Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarships
at the 2020 WAI Conference

Thank you to our all of our donors who continue to make this award possible!