Amelia Earhart Memorial and Scholarship

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. During her attempt at becoming the first woman to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe, she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Amelia and her navigator were last seen July 2, 1937 in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

To commemorate her historical acts and role model for women, the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation entered into a partnership with the Papua New Guinea University of Technology and the United States Embassy – Port Moresby. Through the partnership, a memorial dedicated to Amelia Earhart will be built on the campus of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology. The design of the memorial will be by a Papua New Guinean. The second part of the partnership will be the launching of a scholarship fund for Papua New Guinean women and girls to enhance their knowledge of Science and Technology.


Name and Image of Amelia Earhart – Used with Permission by Amy M. Keppner, as heir to the Estate of Muriel Earhart Morrissey.

Amelia Earhart Scholarship.

The Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation is also very grateful for the support of the heirs of Amelia Earhart.

“The memorial will serve as a reminder that with determination and courage, women can achieve any height. And the scholarship fund, which will be created by generous donations from American companies and individuals, will award scholarships for Papua New Guinean women and girls who want to reach even greater heights in scientific fields.” 

GT Bustin, President and CEO, Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation.