1997 Linda Finch –
A noted aviator and member of the International 99’s Women’s Flying Organization who re-created Amelia’s flight.
1998 Harris Faulkner –
Noted TV personality in the Kansas City area who crusades against stalkers of women.
1999 Moya Leer –
Wife of Bill Leer, collaborator in the Leer Jet Corporation and enthusiast of early jet aviation.
2000 Nancy Kassebaum Baker –
First female senator in Kansas and champion of women’s causes.
2001 Mae Jameson –
The first African American astronaut.
2002 Fay Gillis Wells –
In her 90s, a woman pioneer in aviation who was friends with Amelia, a Washington correspondent and chapter secretary of the International 99’s.
2003 Linda Hall Daschle –
Only the second woman to serve as Deputy FAA Administrator; an expert on aviation policy and an advocate for aviation safety issues.
2004 Ann Holtgren Pellegreno –
Author and lecturer; recreated Amelia’s around the world flight in 1967, 30 years after the disappearance.
2005 Ngozi Eze –
Women for Women International Nigeria director; directs a successful program to address the needs of marginalized women as they move from poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.
2006 Col. Cathy Clothier –
A 1982 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and command pilot with 2,600 flying hours; currently assigned to the Pentagon.
2007 Cheryl Stearns –
An aviator and the most successful competitive skydiver in the world.
2008 Tori Murden McClure –
The first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
2009 Major Nicole M. Malachowski, USAF – The first female pilot on any U.S. military flight demonstration team – the Air Force Thunderbirds.
2010 Lynette Woodard –
The most prolific scorer in women’s collegiate basketball, two-time Olympian, a member of several Halls of Fame.
2011 Eileen Collins –
Retired Air Force Colonel, piloted the space shuttle, made history as the first female commander of a U.S. spacecraft.
2012 Lara Moritz, anchor KMBC-TV – Winner of two Edward Murrow awards and two Emmys, a dedicated journalist who has risen to the top of her field.
2013 Amelia Rose Earhart, pilot — Amelia’s namesake whose life has mirrored Amelia’s in many ways – recreated Amelia’s flight in 2014 – Fly with Amelia Foundation formed to teach young women to fly.
2014 Michelle Stauffer – Founder of the Kansas Aircraft Corporation.
2015 Sophia Danenberg –
First black woman in the world to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest.
2016 Julie Krone –
First woman to win riding championships at the most competitive racing meets in America, including Belmont Park in New York.
2017 Cassie De Pecol –
Fastest person and first woman on record to travel to every country (196) in the world. She completed the feat between July 2015 and February 2017.