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.

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

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at the college level of sophomore year or above who is pursuing a degree in an aviation-related field, who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and who exhibits leadership potential. In addition to WAI requirements all applicants should submit a 500-word essay which addresses their career aspirations and clear, concise examples of how they have exhibited leadership in their academic/work/personal life.

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

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: 
$3,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
8
Scholarship Year: 
2019

You must be an U.S. 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: 
$2,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The Boeing Company will award a scholarship to a woman who wishes to advance her career in the aerospace industry in the fields of engineering, technology development or management.  The award is to be used for educational purposes only and may not be applied toward flight hours.  Applicants may be full-time or part-time employees currently in the aerospace industry or a related field.  Also eligible are students pursuing aviation and aerospace-related degrees that are at the sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

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

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: 
2019

Elisha Hall (WAI #2335) represented herself as a dedicated and passionate aviation professional.  She was a leader, an explorer, and lived life to its fullest.  She set both her sights, and her standards, high.  To celebrate her life and accomplishments, WAI's The Wright Chapter, is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a woman who embodies the qualities that Elisha so splendidly exemplified, and is seeking to further her aviation career in one or more of the following areas:  Flight Training (any phase), aircraft scheduling or dispatch, aviation management, aviation maintenance or avionics.  Pr

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

"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.

Benefits of a WAI Membership

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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