Scholarships

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International and help members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. A total of $948,500 of scholarship funds were awarded in 2019, including an additional $73,000 in June from an anonymous contributor. This brings the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $12 million. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications will be due on November 12, 2019. Remember that applicants must be WAI members in good standing.  Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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The applicant understands and accepts that WAI has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any scholarship awards other than those specifically identified as WAI scholarships.

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Flight Training Scholarships

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$3,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. A $3000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multi-engine rating, commercial or CFI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to her community.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

This scholarship honors the legacy of Captain Sara Knutson Cullen, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army who perished on the same day as Val in Afghanistan. Her family shares that Sara was smart, funny, and driven to succeed. She had a strong faith and positively impacted those around her through her wit, kindness, and joyfulness. This scholarship is open to a female WAI member from any country, 18 years of age or older. It will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private helicopter (rotary wing) pilot license.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot’s license (private, sport or recreational) and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating, i.e. Instrument, Commercial, etc.  The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient’s account.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Wings For Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide a drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry. This scholarship includes the DARTdrones ultimate Professional Drone Pilot Package; a full day of in-person training designed to give you everything you need to pass the Part 107 Drone License exam and six months access to their full online Part 107 Test Prep course and student guide.  With this package, you also get a full day of in-person drone pilot training with an expert flight instructor and access

General Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Aero Femme is a non-profit organization and scholarship fund that provides aviation scholarships.  One $500 scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing any type of aviation interest.  Our mission is to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation.  Aero Femme continues to educate women of all ages about all aspects of aviation with their youth and adult outreach programs across the nation.  The requirements for this scholarship includes meeting all WAI scholarship requirements, you must be a U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at the college level of sophomore year or above who is pursuing a degree in an aviation-related field, who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and who exhibits leadership potential. In addition to WAI requirements all applicants should submit a 500-word essay which addresses their career aspirations and clear, concise examples of how they have exhibited leadership in their academic/work/personal life.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Elisha Hall (WAI #2335) represented herself as a dedicated and passionate aviation professional. She was a leader, an explorer, and lived life to its fullest. She set both her sights, and her standards, high.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

In honor of their service to our country, American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a military veteran or current service member who is pursing aviation/aeronautical education or training. This award will be paid directly to the accredited flight school, institution or college. Candidates will be evaluated on achievements, teamwork, leadership skills, motivation and community service involvement. Please submit application according to WAI scholarship guidelines.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The “It's About Time Scholarship” is overseen by Abingdon Foundation each year and awards a full registration to the Women in Aviation Conference, round trip airfare, and room and board during the conference to a woman 18-year-old and above. Along with access to seminars and multiple networking opportunities, we will introduce the winner to key people in aviation who will share their experiences. Applicants are not required to be pilots or in the aviation industry.

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