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.

Download the Scholarships Change Lives poster.

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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General Scholarships

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: 
$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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