Mahalo and Welcome: Aviation Scholarship Passes to New Generation

AAUW Honolulu is grateful to Janet Morse for her hard work and leadership as the chair of the AAUW Honolulu Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Committee since 2013. Janet joined AAUW Honolulu as a recent college graduate in 1960, and has gone on to serve in many AAUW positions. She is a past president of AAUW Hawaii, as well as the AAUW Windward Oahu and Honolulu branches, and a former member of the national AAUW Leadership Committee. 

“It has been exciting to experience the growth in applicants and awards, amazing to work with the founder Tweet Coleman and inspiring to meet the future female pilots,” she said.

Under Janet’s leadership, the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship has matured and become more popular, with a record number of 24 applicants in 2021. Janet believes the high number of applicants reflects AAUW Honolulu’s growing reach into the aviation community as well as increased encouragement by airlines. She noted that two of this year’s applicants are flight attendants. Janet has carefully cultivated her team members and is now passing the reins to Nobi Butin, although she will continue to be an active member of the committee. MAHALO, JANET!

Nobi Butin has been awarded the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship multiple times in past years. Her journey in aviation began in 2015, a year after getting injured on the job as a flight attendant. Nobi earned her Certified Flight Instructor Certificate in April 2021. In addition to flight training, she is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Nobi’s passion for aviation is infectious. She is an officer in a local organization of women pilots, where she works on volunteer projects and provides mentoring to its members. One of Nobi’s sons is also a flight instructor.

For the past two years, Nobi has been assisting Janet with the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarships. She will continue to promote the scholarship through the AAUW Honolulu newsletter and social media. AAUW Honolulu is excited that she has agreed to step up and take on the role of the AAUW Tweet Coleman Scholarship Committee Chair. WELCOME, NOBI!