Vicki Cruse memorial scholarship announced

September 15, 2009

The legacy of Vicki Cruse, the aerobatic pilot who died Aug. 22 while representing the United States at an international aerobatic competition, will be celebrated through a memorial scholarship.

The Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship will be administered through the International Association of Women Pilots (Ninety-Nines) Amelia Earhart Scholarship Fund. Funds will go toward providing financial aid to women pilots for emergency maneuver and aerobatic training. The scholarship was announced on Sept. 12 during a memorial service for Cruse, held at Santa Paula Airport in California.

Cruse was president of the International Aerobatic Club and belonged to the Ventura County Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. “Vicki touched many of our lives, inspiring some to pursue advanced training, or even become aerobatic competitors themselves,” said Marion Nauman, past chairwoman of the Ventura County Chapter. “Vicki’s devotion to perfecting flying skills and her many accomplishments will serve as an inspiration to future generations of pilots.”

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made through a Web site. The Ventura County Ninety-Nines and Lightspeed Aviation have pledged to provide matching funds over the next five years of up to $30,000.