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. Ignite your personal learning experience by applying for WAI 2021 scholarships this year. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Change your life, and review application requirements, FAQs, and 10 tips for a winning scholarship application.

In 2020, WAI awarded 151 scholarships valued at $831,365 bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $13.2 million.

Learn about the history of the WAI scholarship program from Founder Peggy Chabrian, scholarship sponsors and winners by watching this 2019 video.

Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

Watch WAI Scholarship Spotlights videos to learn more.

Andrea Coppick, WAI 6452

Lindsey Dreiling, WAI 14613

Miyukiko "Koko" Kostelny, WAI 41327

Melissa Martin, WAI 77913


Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winners!

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Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Individual must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited 2 or 4-year college, technical institution, or certificate program with a declared major in Aerospace Engineering.  Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicant must provide a copy of an enrollment acceptance letter. Must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen. Volunteer in STEM and aviation related events and /or WAI activities.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education in memory of Yukiko Howell. Yukiko taught math, science, and Japanese language for many years at Annie Wright School, a private school in Tacoma, Washington. After obtaining her private pilot certificate, Yukiko taught weekly aviation lessons at her school, including the basics of flying. She advocated aviation in her school lessons, emphasizing math and science proficiency as a means to achieve an exciting aviation career.

Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Wings for Val Foundation, www.wingsforval.org, honors the legacy of Lieutenant Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986 – March 11, 2013), through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Val achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when she earned her “Wings of Gold” in 2012 and started flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Wings for Val Foundation, www.wingsforval.org, honors the legacy of Lieutenant Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986 – March 11, 2013), through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Val achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when she earned her “Wings of Gold” in 2012 and started flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission.

Estimated Value: 
$3,900
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The ATP CTP course is a prerequisite for the FAA's highest certificate. This training program will impart conceptual knowledge through academics and consolidate that knowledge through training in Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). The course bridges the knowledge gap between a pilot who holds a private pilot certificate and a pilot operating in an air carrier environment. This program meets the requirements of FAR §61.156.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Alice Ecalle was an ambitious, charismatic, and unforgettable mother and pilot. To honor her legacy her brother (Ted Brennan) and his friends and family would like to support other mothers by alleviating some of the financial burden of training to become a commercial pilot. In addition to WAI requirements: 1) Must be a mother. 2) Already have CPL and IR. 3) Include a copy of written test results for CPL and IR.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Hard Copy Applications Only. The Anne Bridge Baddour Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a female pilot with the following accomplishments: - Must be a U. S. citizen - a burning desire to become a professional pilot - have at least a Private Pilot Certificate with 150 hrs flying time - be on track towards the ATP. This award will be used to further her aims toward and/or Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating or ATP.  hard copy application 

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering six $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the six $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, Nevada March 11-13 with an additional $1,000 travel scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Boeing’s commitment to general aviation includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a private, recreational or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training is to be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen based on passion for flying, commitment to completing flight training and two reference letters highlighting the applicant’s character qualities.

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