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.

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The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications will be due on November 12, 2019. Remember that applicants must be WAI members in good standing.  Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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Flight Training Scholarships

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

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: 
$25,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY FedEx Express will award a B767 type rating to (2) qualified female pilots who are members of Women in Aviation.  The training program will include all appropriate materials.  The training will be in Memphis Tennessee in Fall 2020. Minimum qualifications include the following: Commercial, Instrument, and Multiengine certificates, A minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time, Must have passed a FAA ATP written within the last two years, Must hold a current first-class FAA medical certificate. Winners should notify FedEx by May 1st if unable to start training so that

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering two $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the two $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida March 5-7 by paying for travel and lodging (up to $2000). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

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

United Airlines is proud to partner with Women in Aviation International supporting female aviators. As an industry leader passionate about diversity and inclusion, United Airlines’ mission is to create an inclusive work environment characterized by dignity and respect that empowers every employee to serve the global marketplace and contribute to company success. United Airlines would like to make a difference in the life of three aspiring female airline pilots who are pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to women that currently meet the f

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award t​wo​ scholarships up to $5000 to women working to acquire a​ Certified Flight Instructor​ ​(​CFI​) ​, ​ Certified Flight Instructor Instrument​ ​(​CFII​), Multi Engine Instructor​ ​(​MEI​), Initial Flight Training Instructor (FIR), Multi Engine Training Approval (META), or Air Transport Pilot License (ATP or ATPL) certificate.

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

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, MA area.  She later chose to pursue her life-long dream of flying.  She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students.  She went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways.  The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private pilot certificate or instrument rating.  Flight training must be completed in 12 months of receiving scholarship. 

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

 The WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship is open to women of all ages who have already soloed and are working on their recreational, sport pilot, private pilot, or commercial certificate; instrument or multi-engine rating; or CFI. Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents, but all who qualify are encouraged to apply. Funds will be paid to the flight school of your choice.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award two B737 or A320 type ratings valued at $10,000 USD each. The successful candidates will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami or Denver. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training must be completed within 18 months. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you.

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

"Women in Aviation International (WAI) in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing (Nipomo, CA), offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32 and was never able to complete her flight training.Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot.

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

The Wings for Val Foundation, www.wingsforval.org, honors the legacy of Lieutenant Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986 – March 11, 2013), through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Val achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when she earned her “Wings of Gold” in 2012 and started flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission.

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