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. 

Review list of 2019 scholarships by category.

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Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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Flight Training Scholarships

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

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: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

WAI will award a $3,000 scholarship to be used for training for a multiengine rating or to add a multiengine endorsement to a CFI certificate.  To complement the scholarship, WAI will host the winner with attendance at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, includes conference registration, hotel, and travel stipend.

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

One $2,500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university who has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight related expenses. Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be used within a year of receiving the award.  Include in your essay a personal statement outlining your career aspirations and how the funds will be used.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

WAI will award a $3,000 scholarship to be used for training for a CFI certificate. Applicants must hold a current commercial/instrument certificate.  To complement the scholarship, WAI will host the winner with attendance at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, includes conference registration, hotel, and travel stipend.

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

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. This scholarship honors the legacy of Captain Sara Knutson Cullen, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army who perished on the same day as Val in Afghanistan. Her family shares that Sara was smart, funny, and driven to succeed.

Estimated Value: 
$4,995
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The ATP CTP course is now required by the FAA for any pilot prior to taking the ATP Knowledge test.  The course is eight days in length and includes the ATP Test as well.  The course can be taken at either our Orlando, Florida or Las Vegas Nevada, training centers.  The scholarship would include all course fees.  The recipient would be responsible for transportation to and from the training city, room, and board.  The course includes four days/30 hours of Academic Training; three days/10 hours of simulator training;  four hours - Level 4 FSTD; six hours of full motion flight simulator; ATP

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

WAI will award a $5,000 scholarship geared toward an individual who would like to earn their private pilot certificate to use toward their business or career field by using a general aviation aircraft to enhance his or her current job position. The applicant is not required to be a college/university student.  To complement the scholarship, WAI will host the winner with attendance at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, includes conference registration, hotel, and travel stipend.

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$3,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  A $3000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multi-engine rating, commercial or CFI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to her community.

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

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.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY    This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot’s certificate (private, sport or recreational) and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating, i.e. Instrument, commercial, etc.  The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient’s account.

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