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 $875,500 (156 individual scholarships) was awarded in 2019, bringing 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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Thanks to an anonymous donation, WAI is pleased to award $73,000 in additional scholarships in June 2019. Congratulations to the following winners:

WAI Instrument Certificate Scholarship $5,000 each

Melissa Diaz Cooper, Kailua, Hawaii

Shana Bartell, Cedar City, Utah

Maria Hall, Kerrville, Texas

WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship $3,000 each

Lauren Lynn Sherrick, Racine, Wisconsin

Sarah Corbin, Anchorage, Alaska

WAI CFII Rating Scholarship $5,000 each

Trimbi M. Szabo, Broomfield, Colorado

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship $3,000 each

Morgan M. Gillespie, Prescott, Arizona

Gabrielle F. Palmas, Phoenix, Arizona

Theodore W. Johnson, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Meira Leonard, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship $5,000 each

Erin Walling, Beavercreek, Ohio

Jodie A. Gawthrop, Westfield, Indiana

WAI Private Pilot Scholarship $5,000 each

Madison Coutu, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kourtnie A. Robin, Slidell, Louisiana

Rachel A. Obajtek, Tehachapi, California

Aurora E. Enriquez, Bozeman, Montana

Morgan D. Sandstrom, Centerville, Ohio

 

The 2020 scholarship application process will start in July 2019, 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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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: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

A female pilot will receive $5,000 of financial assistance in achieving an initial flight instructor certificate or a new rating on her flight instructor certificate, as well as lifetime access to the entire King Schools online course library of more than 85 courses. Martha and John King are co-chairmen of King Schools, the largest provider of online training for pilots from student through professional.

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

Republic Airways will award a $5000 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship. Requirements: Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and have received a Conditional Offer of Employment through the RJet Cadet or Pilot Prep program. To learn more information about our programs, click here.

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

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.

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

Sporty’s Foundation is offering one Recreational or Sport Pilot flight training scholarship to a small aircraft maintenance technician.  The award money is not intended for use in achieving any other certificate, rating or endorsement.  Award money is to be used for flight training costs only.  Award recipient must plan to pursue a Recreational or Sport Pilot certificate within six months of receiving the scholarship.  Award money will be sent to recipient’s employer or flight school for disbursement and will require two endorsements for deposit.  Award recipient will also receive a copy of

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

Alaska Airlines will award one $2,500 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a professional airline pilot career. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Candidates will be evaluated on volunteer work in the community, academic standing, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.

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

We understand the financial barriers of pursuing an additional pilot certificate/rating, in particular for those who are pursuing this during a career-shift. To address this obstacle, this scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is currently pursuing a career as a commercial pilot and expresses financial need. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: Be a woman pursuing a career change to a professional commercial pilot. Already hold a private pilot license with an instrument rating. Be in pursuit of an advanced pilot certificate or rating.

General Scholarships

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

A woman under the age of 40 pursuing any form of aviation education in any capacity.  Have a clearly defined career path in your specific field. Must be passionate and enthusiastic about aviation but has undergone hardship (which may be physical, emotional, or financial) and has been resilient to bounce back in the last three years. GPA does not and should not matter as long as you have a GPA that is on target with their academic institutions program requirements.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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