Scholarship FAQ

Do I have to be a current member of WAI to receive a scholarship?
Yes, your WAI membership status must be active through the month of the conference (March) at the time of sending application packets. Join or renew before November 1, 2017 to qualify this year.

Do I have to attend the conference to receive a scholarship?
No, attendance at the conference is not a requirement to receive a scholarship. However, there are many reasons to attend the conference other than the scholarships. For example, the conference provides a great way to network with other people in the aviation industry and learn about opportunities that you may never have known about otherwise.

I’m a guy – can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes, men can apply for scholarships as long as they meet the scholarship application critera, unless the sponsor specifies that the scholarship is for women only.

I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes, unless the scholarship specifies that it is for U.S. citizens only, then it is open for applicants of all nationalities.

Can I send my letters of recommendation separately from my scholarship application?
No. Only complete scholarship application packages are accepted.

Do you have to be in an aviation school to be able to apply?
If the scholarship specifies that you must be enrolled in an accredited aviation program then you must meet this requirement to apply for the scholarship.

What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
The short answer to this question is that if you do not apply then your chances of receiving a scholarship are exactly zero. Some scholarships receive a large number of applications while others receive few. Make sure you are being truthful with yourself as you are applying for the scholarship—if you don’t have the qualifications needed for a particular scholarship then look at others that may be a better match.

Can I receive more than one scholarship?
Because of the limited number of scholarships being offered, WAI’s policy is that you can receive only one scholarship, especially for flight scholarships and general scholarships.

Why can’t I apply for more than three scholarships? I want to apply for them all!
Because of the limited number of scholarships being offered, WAI’s policy is that you need to select three scholarships for which you are best qualified and apply for those. Internships are not included in the three per member scholarship limit.

Are you strict about the application deadline?
Yes. The quickest way to have your application not considered is to have it postmarked later than the published deadline.

How can I maximize my chances of receiving a scholarship?
Make sure you spend time putting together a good package to send in. Have someone you respect review it and offer constructive critiques of your essay and résumé. Speak with those who are writing letters of recommendation for you so that they understand what needs to be in their letters. And make sure you check the spelling and grammar in your essay and résumé! 

Will someone notify me that my application package was received?
There is no guarantee that you will be notified when your application package is received at WAI headquarters. If you wish to make sure that your package is received consider sending it via a trackable method (UPS, FedEx, etc.) or with a return receipt requested from the postal service.

Why do I have to send two copies of the application package?
WAI keeps one copy of your application package and then sends the remaining copy to the scholarship sponsors. The sponsors then send the copies to their readers for review and decisions. 

I can’t get my essay below 1500 words. Do you really expect me to say everything in 500 words?
This is where having someone you respect review your essay comes in. Good editing will allow you to get your point across in 500 words. Remember, many of the sponsors are reading several application packages and they appreciate concisely written essays. Also, your essay is one part of the overall package—have your letters of reference give part of your story, the essay another part, and your résumé the final part.

What should be in the letters of reference?
Your letters of reference should highlight something significant that you want the scholarship sponsors to know. For example, you may opt to have a letter tell about how you are working multiple jobs to be able to take flight lessons or go to college. 

Do I have to have three certified copies of my transcript? My college charges for each one.
You need to have at least one original certified copy of your transcript in your application. You can make a copy for the remaining application package.

I didn’t win a scholarship this year. Why should I apply again in the future?
As one former scholarship recipient said, "persistence pays!" She said that for every scholarship she has received she has had to apply three times. Remember that there are many highly qualified women applying for scholarships—keep updating your application package and apply again in the future. You never know when you will be the one who receives the scholarship!

Should I include pictures of myself?
Unless the scholarship specifies it, do not include pictures.

Do I have to send in application packages for scholarships that use online applications?
No. If the sponsor requests that you send in your application online via their website, then you do not need to send in a separate package.

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