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Southwest Airlines Flight Training Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
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With the high costs of flight training and goals of a professional pilot career, Southwest Airlines will help you financially achieve those goals and earn your flight certificates. Southwest Airlines is awarding six scholarships of $5,000 each to qualified candidates who have aspirations of becoming a professional pilot. Qualified candidates must submit their application per the requirements listed below. Scholarship awards will be determined by Southwest Airlines and are not offers of employment, or any guarantee or promise of employment at Southwest Airlines, which is an equal opportunity employer.

Requirements include high school diploma or equivalent, enrollment in an accredited collegiate aviation four-year degree program, minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), FAA private and instrument rating, and current FAA first-class medical certificate. Please submit a current résumé; a single-page essay that reflects how the scholarship will help you reach your professional career goals; and two letters of recommendation-one from a school faculty member who works directly with you who can attest to your career aspirations and another from someone who can attest to your flying ability. Also provide an official copy of most recent semester transcript, copies of your pilot certificate and first-class medical certificates, and a list of Women in Aviation International volunteer functions you have performed.

Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be completed within one year. If selected, pilots will use scholarship to their choice of earning their commercial, multiengine, and/or flight instructor certificate.

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