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 $695,500 was awarded in 2018, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to $11,495,581. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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The 2019 WAI scholarship program is now open. Check out the "Application Requirements" tab on the right side of the page. 

Review list of 2019 scholarships by category.

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Aviation Management Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree in aviation maintenance management or aviation business management.  In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time college students, with a minimum of two semesters left (as of February 2019), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Signature Flight Support Corporation is awarding a $1,500 scholarship to support a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an aviation-related field, preferably FBO management. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a WAI member, be working towards a career in aviation and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in her most recent year of education. In addition to WAI requirements applicant must submit an essay (500-1,000) detailing her current educational status, why she chose a career in aviation, her experience in aviation and her aspirations in the field.

Dispatcher Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
5,450
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The Airline Dispatchers Federation in conjunction with Academy College (Bloomington, Minnesota) is offering a scholarship to earn his or her aircraft dispatcher’s FAA 121 certificate.  The scholarship is value at $5,450 and will cover instruction and training required to take the aircraft dispatch written test and check ride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Flamingo Air/Airline Ground Schools (AGS) will award one dispatcher training scholarship leading to an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Scholarship is for the Distance Learning Course with a six day residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. No previous aviation experience required.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Southwest Airlines will award up to $5000 toward an aircraft dispatcher certificate to a qualified candidate who is a member of WAI with aspirations of becoming an aircraft dispatcher.  No previous aviation experience required.  Candidate must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English; have a high school diploma or GED; and have a government issued identification showing they are at least 21 years old.  A single page essay that reflects how the scholarship will help you reach your professional career goals must be submitted with the application along with two letters of recommen

Estimated Value: 
$3,695
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

 The Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. hybrid aircraft dispatcher course is comprised of two elements: a four-month (17 week) self-paced online portion and an eight-day classroom session.

Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Bonnie started her career as an educator, moving on to the aviation and aerospace industry, and spending almost 30 years working in commercial aviation and space programs.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum of two semesters (as of February 2019), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in Aeronautical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with a passion to work in the airline/aviation industry.  Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, community service involvement and future career aspirations. Requirements: meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, must have received high school diploma, GPA 3.0 or higher, enrolled in accredited U.S. engineering program through a college or university, U.S.

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