Scholarship Application Requirements

Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation International by November 1, 2019, and may apply for up to three scholarships. Internships are not included in the three per member scholarship limit.

Unless otherwise noted, scholarships will be awarded at the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 5-7, 2020.

Most scholarships may be applied for electronically through the WAI website.  Please submit your application only when you have all of the necessary files ready. If a mailed application is required, submit your official WAI application form and all materials in the same envelope. For each scholarship include two stapled complete application sets (one original and one copy) of the following information:

  • two (one-page) recommendation letters
  • typed, descriptive 500-word essay
  • professional résumé (no more than two pages)
  • copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applying for flight scholarships).
  • Other applicable information as requested for each specific award/grant/scholarship.

Do not apply electronically and mail a paper application for the same scholarship. Please be sure to read all instructions carefully. 

These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements.

Descriptive essay should address the following:

  • your aviation history and goals
  • what you have done for yourself to achieve your goals
  • where you see yourself in five and 10 years
  • how the scholarship will help you achieve your objective and your present financial need
  • flight or other training/education for which you need assistance; how your previous training was financed
  • educational scholarships, awards, and honors
  • where you would obtain the training and the hourly rate for the instructor, aircraft, and simulators, or other costs, if applying for a cash scholarship
  • demonstrated involvement in aviation activities
  • other applicable information as requested for each specific award/grant/scholarship

International applicants must meet all requirements and, in addition, must include your country’s pilot, mechanic, or other requirements and the equivalent copies of aviation certificates, licenses, and medicals.

Scholarship applications must be submitted/postmarked by November 12, 2019. If hard copy application is required please send to: WAI Scholarships, 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381. Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace by email or call 937-839-4647 with any additional questions.

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Benefits of a WAI Membership

WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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