Congratulations on Our Gold Seal of Transparency!

Did you know that because nonprofit organizations are exempt from paying taxes, everything about their operations can be accessed by the public? Why would you want to access the financials for a nonprofit? Because if you were considering making a donation, you may want to know if 80% of their donations received are going to administrative costs or towards their mission. Most people want their money to go towards the mission of the organization rather than the salaries of employees or administrative costs.

The largest and most prominent group that helps you find out about non-profits is called Guidestar. Their goal is to provide high quality information about US non-profits so that people can better decide who they want to support, donate to, or volunteer for an organization that falls in line with their values. They gather and organize the information for over 2.7 Million nonprofits - including Abingdon Foundation!

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My Experience at the 2019 Women in Aviation International Conference

Written by: Yasna Taieb

I am incredibly honored to be able to share my experience after having attended the 2019 Women in Aviation International Conference this past March through the Abingdon Foundation’s It’s About Time Scholarship. I came across the Abingdon Foundation on Instagram, and immediately googled them to learn more. After exploring their website, I read about all of the remarkable women who comprise of the Abingdon team and continue to build the Foundation through their diligence and experience. The Abingdon Foundation exists to empower females in non-traditional fields of STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. After more research, I came across the It’s About Time Scholarship and immediately knew that I wanted to apply once I read the application criteria. The scholarship asks applicants to submit a creative submission, which I believe is great idea as it does not limit the content of the applications –your application is wh…

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The Importance of Applying for Scholarships

This post was written by Dr. Bethany Miller

What Happens When a Scholarship Goes Unused?

This year, the first full year of Abingdon Foundation, we gave away three fully-funded, all-inclusive scholarships to attend industry conferences. Our winners were women from the fields of helicopter aviation, general aviation, and Scuba diving. They were flown from their homes in Colorado, South Africa, and Tennessee. They were provided full entry to Heli-Expo, the Women in Aviation conference, and DEMA (the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) Scuba diving show. Their hotel and transportation costs were covered. They networked with industry peers and professionals. They gathered memories for a lifetime. They created innovative works of art, mentorship and advocacy programs, and educational tools that will be used in the future by Abingdon Foundation. They are now influencing the next generation of women pursuing nontraditional careers in STEAM fields. …

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Men Supporting Women in STEAM Series

This post was written by Dr. Bethany Miller.

My Bottle Boss is our March Corporate Sponsor of the month. Shane Losee, the founder of the company, has a long history of supporting women in STEAM fields.

Shane Losee is a professional pilot, manufacturer, and entrepreneur. He’s a father and grandfather to bold girls, and he’s a mentor to many women in the aviation industry. Shane is the president and owner of My Bottle Boss, a unique bottle opener that’s ergonomically manufactured to make opening tough containers easier for everyone. He specifically sought input from women, flight attendants, bar staff, and others who have special concerns (like frequency of repetitive motion and smaller hands and torque strength) about opening bottles so that he could make a universal tool for everyone.

More than that, Shane is an advocate for aviation and women in STEAM fields. When he found out what we were doing at Abingdon Foundation right after our inception, he …

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How the It’s About Time Scholarship Helped Me Scuba Dive Again

This scholarship provided the recipient an all-expenses paid trip to the Diving Equipment Marketing Association conference. DEMA is not affiliated with the Abingdon Foundation. This post was written by Deanna Morris-Stacey.

Deanna Morris-Stacey won the 2018 scuba diving scholarship.

Prior to my experience at the DEMA show, my dive log was filled with only five pages of information that consisted of a few hours in a local rock quarry and a dive with the gentle, giant manatee in Crystal River, Florida. After those adventures, I packed away my suit for over 10 years.

I was awarded the 2018 It’s About Time scholarship to the DEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marking Association). The Abingdon Foundation strives to influence, encourage and embolden women in their pursuits of extraordinary lives. The scholarship included registration, airfare, room, and board. Through this scholarship I was introduced to key peop…

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My Experience As the 2018 Helicopter Scholarship Winner

This scholarship provided Holley an all-expenses paid trip to the 2018 Heli Expo. Heli Expo is not affiliated with the Abingdon Foundation. This post was written by Holley Gardel.

2018 Helicopter conference scholarship winner Holley Gardel

Although I had been involved in the helicopter industry previously and am a volunteer with Whirly-Girls, I applied for the scholarship because I knew it would be the best way to make valuable connections in the industry and help me move forward in my career. Since I had been to Heli-Expo several times, I knew what to expect. However, I have always been glued to the Whirly-Girls booth and couldn't get out and participate in networking events and programming. I was thankful for being able to take advantage of the show and all it had to offer. I believe a first-time attendee would have a mind-blowing experience. And someone like me, who has been many times, but couldn't take advantage of all the expo has to offer previously, wo…

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My 2018 Women In Aviation Experience

Khodani Davhana was the 2018 Women In Aviation scholarship winner. Read about her experience and how she will continue to pursue aviation.

2018 Women in Aviation conference scholarship winner Khodani Davhana

This post was written by Khodani Davhana, our 2018 Women In Aviation scholarship winner.

It took me a while to decide which Abingdon Foundation scholarship to apply for. I was intrigued by the Abingdon Foundation – an organization that is all for trailblazers and supporting women who push boundaries. Secondly, the opportunity to meet women from all over the world who share the same passion and love for aviation with me sounded like a dream! I wanted to hear their stories; how and why they got involved in aviation; and what kind of impact the aviation industry has made in their lives. Above all, I needed to absorb all the lessons I could gain from that kind of experience and, simply, to be inspired. The idea of being around all these diverse women…

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