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.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is truly something for every interest.

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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Flight Training Scholarships

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

Open to US female citizen applicants only.  This scholarship offers five free flight hours at the GIFT Academy in Vernon, Texas.  Travel will be at the expense of the winner and will take place at F05 in Texas. Training dates will be coordinated in advance subject to CFI availability.  Applicants must be a student pilot or above, hold at least a student pilot certificate and medical certificate. Must have one letter of recommendation from someone who has flown with you.

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

This scholarship will help an aspiring CFI to earn her spin endorsement at one of three possible locations.  The student will be able to choose the type of aircraft depending upon the school chosen. Note: Spin endorsement is not guaranteed but the student will be closer to earning it. All monies to be sent directly to the school chosen.  Applicants must be a femalle U.S.

General Scholarships

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

The “It's About Time Scholarship” is overseen by Abingdon Foundation each year and awards a full registration to the International Women in Aviation Conference, round-trip airfare, and room and board during the conference to a woman 18 years or older.  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.

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

The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

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

The Wings for Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide one drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry.The scholarship includes the DARTdrones Drone Entrepreneur Training Package, which consists of a full day in-person Part 107 Test Prep training, a full day hands-on flight training with a professional manned and unmanned pilot, six-month access to online Part 107 Test Prep course and 14 new safety micro courses, and a

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

"The WAI Atlanta Gone with the Wind Chapter is offering a scholarship to aid an individual with the pursuit of their aviation dream.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Since August 29, 2016, most pilots operating a small UAS for non-recreational purposes must either hold a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a Remote Pilot Certificate (the remote Pilot in Command).  To qualify for a Remote Pilot Certificate, you must:  1) Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-Approved Knowledge Testing Center OR If you already hold an FAA Part 61 Pilot Certificate (other than Student Pilot) 2) Have a successful Flight Review endorsed within the previous 24 months 3) Comp

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation related career.  A second scholarship will be awarded to an individual, not required to be a student, pursuing any type of aviation interest.  Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals. 

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is offering the Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship funded by its members and sponsors, to any person pursuing professional development or career advancement in any job classification of corporate and/or business aviation.  The award must be used toward a specific program of education.  Suggested uses include flight training, dispatcher training, maintenance training, corporate flight attendant training and leadership training (i.e.

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

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.

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WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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