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.

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

In honor of their service to our country, American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a military veteran or current service member who is pursing aviation/aeronautical education or training. This award will be paid directly to the accredited flight school, institution or college. Candidates will be evaluated on achievements, teamwork, leadership skills, motivation and community service involvement. Please submit application according to WAI scholarship guidelines.

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

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

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

The “It's About Time Scholarship” is overseen by Abingdon Foundation each year and awards a full registration to the Women in Aviation Conference, round trip airfare, and room and board during the conference to a woman 18-year-old and above. 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: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The WAI Atlanta Gone with the Wind Chapter is offering a scholarship to aid an individual with the pursuit of their Aviation Dream. Applicants will be evaluated based on merit, career, aspirations, dedication, contributions to the community, and following application directions.

Estimated Value: 
$3,900 each
Available Scholarships: 
5
Scholarship Year: 
2020

You must be an US citizen or have a current Visa to the US to apply.  Training will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Lodging and travel expenses are not included. This is for applicants looking to become Corporate Flight Attendants only. Our training is in compliance with rules and regulations of the FAA Part 91, 125 and 135 and is accepted worldwide. Scholarship must be used within a year of the award.

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

One scholarship will be awarded to an individual member, 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: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

In 2005 the Chuck Yeager Foundation established a scholarship to assist those who may not otherwise be able to become involved in aviation.  This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving WAI member who has applied for other WAI scholarships and who has unique circumstances that impede their ability to advance their aviation plans.  The recipient of this scholarship will be selected from the applications submitted for other scholarships.  The selection will be based on information submitted in the scholarship application.  No separate application is required.

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

One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation related career.  Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals. 

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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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