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.

Watch the WAI Scholarship Video to learn more.

The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications must be submitted by November 12, 2019. Mailed applications and materials should be sent to WAI Scholarships, 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381.

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

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Wings Over 35

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

The Wings over 35 Scholarship is designed to promote general aviation among men or women over the age of 35 and aid a deserving person over the age of 35 to attain certification as a Private Pilot. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: 1) Be over the age of 35. 2) NOT hold a Private Pilot’s License. 3) Have a desire to pursue higher ratings. 4) Have a financial Need. 5) Hold a third class medical. Applicants must explain their goals in aviation and what they have done thus far towards attaining that goal.

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

This scholarship is to provide financial support for high school students pursuing a future in aviation. The scholarship is meant to promote interest in aviation for Central American youth.  In addition to WAI requirements applicants must meet the following requirements: Central American citizens, at least 17 years of age at the date of application, and enrolled in a flight school.

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

The High Flight Aviation Scholarship was founded in memory of aviation legend Ed Bowlin. Prior to his passing, Ed and his wife, Connie, were known for encouraging and helping people achieve their flying goals. The intent of this scholarship is to provide an avenue to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  Funds may be used toward obtaining a Private Pilot certificate or higher up to and including an ATP.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Women Military Aviators (WMA) seeks to preserve, for history, the important role women have played in creating and supporting the American Spirit through their contributions to flight, aeronautics and space. These elite bands of women have not only a love of aviation, but have put their lives on the line in defense of their country through their military service. WMA is committed to passing this legacy from one generation of women to another and has established an annual scholarship program in support of this commitment.

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

This scholarship is available to any Flight Attendant that wishes to further their career with Flight Training to become a pilot. Scholarship recipients may use this scholarship to put towards funding Flight Training including ground school, in aircraft training, aircraft rental, instructor fees, or course materials.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Horizon Air will award two $2,500 scholarships to a female pilot pursuing a professional airline pilot career. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Candidates will be evaluated on volunteer work in the community, academic standing, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. In 2019 we widened the scholarship to all international applicants. One U.S. $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working on an instrument, commercial, multi-engine or flight instructor certificate. Candidates must hold a private pilot certificate and have 100 hours flight time.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. Sponsors Deborah Hecker, Evelyne Tinkl, Christi Dobelli, Kathryn Busch and Lisa Heller are offering one $3,000 scholarship to an individual working on a fixed-wing aircraft instrument or multiengine rating or commercial or certified flight instructor certificate (CFI only). Payments will be made directly to your flight school. Flight training must be completed within one year of receipt of scholarship. Finalists will only be interviewed at the annual WAI conference.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
3
Scholarship Year: 
2020

American Airlines will award a $5K educational scholarship to a qualified member of Women in Aviation. To be eligible for the American Airlines scholarship, the following items are required: High school diploma, willingness to develop skills that will lead to a career as a professional airline pilot, be at least 18 years of age at the date of application, have enrolled in a private pilot ground school course or have logged flight time with a certified flight instructor. Funds may be used for: Flight training such as private pilot, instrument, multi-engine, commercial, instructor, or ATP. 

Estimated Value: 
$45,700
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

CAE, your worldwide training Partner of choice and Bombardier Aerospace Service Center network are proud to award this a Scholarship for a LR75 type-rating course to Women in Aviation International.  Upon successful completion of the LR75 pilot initial training course, the recipient will be able to conduct a 100 percent type rating check ride in the Learjet 75 simulator.  The scholarship winner must, as a minimum, be a holder of a Private Pilot Certificate with Multi Engine and Instrument-Airplane Rating. The course last 16 days and will be conducted in Dallas, Texas.  The scholarship winne

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