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. 

WAI wishes you much success in achieving your dreams!

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

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Online Applications Only    The flyGIRL scholarship is open to female U.S. citizens of any age with an interest in aviation.  The scholarship money will be paid directly to the flight school and must be used within a year of receipt.  It can be used for the private pilot’s license or any advanced certificate or rating. Include in your essay why you should be awarded the funds and specifically what the funds will be used for.  A personal meeting or phone interview may also be required. 

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

This scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member who has undergone hardship (which may be physical, emotional, or financial) and offers them a unique way to challenge themselves and thus gain self-confidence and increased resiliency skills.  The scholarship covers flight training up to the amount of $1500, taking the student to the level of competency where they are able to control the aircraft on their own, whilst having an instructor beside them in the aircraft.  The selection will be based on information submitted in the scholarship application. 

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

This scholarship is established in honor of Major General (Ret.) William Russell Cotney in recognition of his 40 years of meritorious service to his country in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard and in honor of his daughter, Lauren Cotney, who following in her father’s footsteps, is distinguishing herself as a Pilot for Delta Air Lines and in her service to her country as a member of the Air National Guard.Successful applicants must be women pursuing a professional airline pilot career as a junior, senior, or graduate level student enrolled in an accredited college or univer

General Scholarships

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 DARTdrones Drone Entrepreneur Training Package includes: Full day of in-person Part 107 Test Prep training, full day of hangs-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, access to a DARTdrones Night Operations course.  This scholarship also includes a drone with 4K camera upon FAA certification as well as photography mentoring and service opportunities with Images for Good and other mentors.  The applicant must be a female and over the age of 16, living in the greater Baltimore-Wa

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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