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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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

One $2,500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university who has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight related expenses. Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be used within a year of receiving the award.  Include in your essay a personal statement outlining your career aspirations and how the funds will be used.

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

The Muirhead Memorial Scholarship, named for Anne and James Muirhead, aims to help those pursuing their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. Anne and James were proponents of women in aviation and dedicated themselves to volunteering and encouraging others in their passion for aviation. Applicants will be evaluated based on merit, contributions to the community, and following application directions. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training must be completed within one year of award acceptance.

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

Republic Airways will award a $5000.00 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

This scholarship is established in honor of Major General (Ret.) William Russell Cotney in recognition of his 40 years of meritorious service to his country in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard and in honor of his daughter, Lauren Cotney, who following in her father’s footsteps, is distinguishing herself as a Pilot for Delta Air Lines and in her service to her country as a member of the Air National Guard. Successful applicants must be women pursuing a professional airline pilot career as a junior, senior, or graduate level student enrolled in an accredited college or unive

Estimated Value: 
$3,200
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Small UAS Safety Certificate is designed to set a safety inspired foundation for any UAS operation. The Unmanned Safety Institute’s Small UAS Safety Certificate covers all pertinent aeronautical knowledge as outlined by the FAA and augments this knowledge with safety practices that will ensure all participants are responsible remote pilots ready to lead in the UAS industry. The Small UAS Safety Certificate meets both the safety-training requirement for USI PRO™ ratings and the FAA knowledge areas required for the Remote Pilot Airman Certificate.

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

Sporty’s Foundation is offering one Recreational or Sport Pilot flight training scholarship to a WAI chapter member who works with youth to help them pursue their aviation dreams. Special consideration will be given to Girls in Aviation Day volunteers. Scholarship funds are to be used for flight training costs only and must be used within one year of receiving the scholarship.  Award money will be sent to recipient’s flight school for disbursement. Recipient will also receive a copy of Sporty’s COMPLETE Learn to Fly Flight Training Course.

Estimated Value: 
$250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

A past board member of WAI, Ted Mallory, was dedicated to the organization and to ensuring the availability of scholarships to provide opportunities for individuals interested in learning to fly. The Ted Mallory Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member who is interested in pursuing a Private Pilot certificate or Instrument rating. 

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

This scholarship is for a multi-engine commercial rating. Scholarship applicant must meet all WAI requirements and already have a private pilot certificate and instrument rating. Essay must be one page - and no more than 500 words. Include what kind of career you want to have and why you are so passionate about flying. Submit all aviation certificates and last three pages of log book. Recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication to aviation. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year of award.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in airline flight decks worldwide. ISA+21 will award two type ratings (B737 or A320) valued at $10,000 each. The successful candidate will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami, FL, Denver, CO or Dallas, TX. Funds will be paid directly to FTI and training must be completed within 18 months. The recipients of the airline type rating scholarship are responsible for all travel, housing, and personal expenses during training.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in airline flight decks worldwide. ISA+21 will award a minimum of two scholarships valued at $5,000 each to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to an accredited college or university with an aviation curriculum, an aviation technical school, or a government approved flight school. Training must be completed within one year of the award. Applicant must possess: 1. Commercial Pilot License. 2.

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