Stinson Trophy

Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Trophy

Nominations from September 1 – November 30

About the Award:

The Stinson Trophy was created in 1997 to honor the accomplishments of sisters Katherine and Marjorie Stinson. These aviation pioneers were among the first 11 American women to be certified as airplane pilots through the Aero Club of America (the predecessor of NAA). Their flying school helped numerous U.S. and foreign pilots earn their Aero Club licenses, the precursor to FAA pilot certificates.

The award recognizes a living person for an outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the fields of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences.

Nomination Guidelines for the Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Trophy:

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting a nomination for NAA’s Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Award. Nominations that do not fall within the specifications listed below may not be considered during selection.


The Stinson Award recognizes a living person for an outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences.

Nomination Format:

The nomination must be submitted in PDF format. The nomination is limited to three (3) pages, not including the citation; the writer may choose the page layout, size, and type of font. Attachments, reprints of articles, etc., will not be considered unless incorporated into and made part of the three pages. The citation may be placed on a separate page. The nomination should contain the name of the person making the nomination, including address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The nominee(s) are to be fully identified, along with mailing, telephone, and e-mail addresses. All nomination materials will become the property of NAA.

The body of the nomination should include information justifying why the nominee is worthy of this award; give complete and concise details with such background information as considered pertinent, along with any other relevant information that would assist the Selection Committee in determining the worthiness of the nominee with particular attention to the “Criteria” above.


A formal statement in 30 words or less that captures the essence of the achievement for which the nominee’s name has been submitted.


Nominations must be received by NAA before November 30 and should be submitted by email as a Word Document to [email protected] with “Stinson Nomination” in the subject line. 


The award is presented at an appropriate ceremony as determined by the President of the National Aeronautic Association.

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