Galactic Unite Flying Tigresses Scholarship

The Galactic Unite Flying Tigresses Scholarship arose from Anne Marie Radel and Margaret Viola’s participation as Team #24 “Team Flying Tigresses” in the 2015 Air Race Classic – the all-women’s transcontinental air race stemming from the 1929 Women’s Air Derby.  Flying with the intention of raising awareness and support for women in STEM careers, women pilots, and the emerging commercial space industry, Team Flying Tigresses is proud to be able to pass on the support received from their donors to a deserving candidate who is also pursuing her dreams of flight.

Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Merckel, currently a senior at the University at Buffalo who will graduate this spring with a double major in Civil and Aerospace Engineering. Along with funds for flight school, Jennifer will get access to mentoring from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and other Galactic Unite educational programs.

Jennifer is currently working on completing her instrument rating and plans to continue her flight training by obtaining her commercial certificate and becoming a flight instructor.  In her future work, both as a flight instructor and in business, she wants to encourage women in aviation to show that aviation is open to everyone.

The Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses scholarship celebrates Jennifer’s efforts and those of women worldwide who are pursuing their dreams of flight. Congratulations, Jennifer, and welcome to the Galactic Unite community. Everyone at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company is excited to support you as you achieve your career goals.