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The Wings for Val Foundation Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

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. 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. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission. At her funeral, over 200 fellow women military aviators honored Val and their collective sisterhood by presenting their coveted aviator wings, which are now on display at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Val was an avid member of WAI and knew the importance of reaching forward to seek mentorship, while also reaching back to support and inspire those behind her. She was strong willed, determined, faithful, compassionate, and approached any obstacle with the mindset to “adapt and overcome.” The Wings for Val Foundation raises money to support annual scholarships for young women pursuing ambitious careers in aviation.  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 fixed wing pilot license. Applicants are encouraged to research LT Delaney 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.

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