The Wings for Val Foundation (www.WingsforVal.org) honors the legacy of Lt. 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 Capt. 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 remembers Sara as smart, funny, and driven to succeed. She had a strong faith and positively impacted those around her through her wit, kindness, and joyfulness.
This scholarship is open to a female WAI member from any country, 18 years of age or older. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the winner's flight school of choice and must be used within a year of receiving the award. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private helicopter pilot certificate. Applicants are encouraged to research Capt. Cullen and draw similarities to her. FAA Class 1-3 Medicals will still be required and preferred, Basic Med will be considered. One or the other is required.