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. 

Prerequisite Information

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Hold an FAA Commercial Pilots License or equivalent
  • Hold an Instrument Rating
  • 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 for our 2021 program close on November 10, 2020
  • The scholarship winner is announced in March of each year

Colleen F.
CFI Flight Training

“I am supported by the spirit of Francesca and the scholarship in her memory. Like Francesca, I want to inspire students and empower young women in the field of aviation.”

Natalie J.
CFI Flight Training

“I, by chance, had the opportunity to fly a small airplane… it was on that very day I learned two things that would prove pivotal- there ARE female pilots, and that I wanted to be one!”

Isabelle H.
CFI Flight Training

“My way of honoring Francesca’s life and continuing her legacy is to continue to show my daughters and any young female that you can do anything you set your mind to by continuing to believe in yourself.”

Carole H.
CFI Flight Training

“I will honor Francesca by working as hard as I can to achieve my goal as a pilot… I will continue to help mentor young women aspiring to be pilots like Francesca.”

Katherine M.
Commercial Pilot Flight Training

“I’m determined to succeed in the aviation field and through my success, inspire the next generation of women to take the leap of faith and follow their calling as Francesca did for me. She is a huge reason why I am where I am, and I hope she is proud of me.”

Our 2020 Recipients

In 2020, ISA+21 awarded its first Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarships at the Women in Aviation Conference.  Five (5) 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 made this award possible!