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 $948,500 of scholarship funds were awarded in 2019, including an additional $73,000 in June from an anonymous contributor. This brings 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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The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications must be submitted by November 12, 2019. Mailed applications and materials should be sent to WAI Scholarships, 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381.

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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Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Maintenance

United Airlines Tech Ops - Women in Aviation Scholarship 2020

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Scholarship award amount: 2 @ $5000, as well as cover the cost of conf registration, one-night hotel, and positive space flight passes to the winners. Open to Women in Aviation International members who are seeking a degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation Maintenance Technology or an A & P through an Aviation Technician Program. Applicants must either be currently enrolled or officially accepted into an Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering program, Aviation Maintenance Technology program or Aviation Technician Program at an accredited University, College or AMT School in t

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

Individual must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited 2 or 4-year college, technical institution, or certificate program with a declared major in Aerospace Engineering.  Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicant must provide a copy of an enrollment acceptance letter. Must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen. Volunteer in STEM and aviation related events and /or WAI activities.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Bonnie started her career as an educator, moving on to the aviation and aerospace industry, and spending almost 30 years working in commercial aviation and space programs.

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

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree in Aerospace/ Aeronautical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum of two semesters (as of February 2020), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S.

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

American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in Aeronautical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with a passion to work in the airline/aviation industry.  Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, community service involvement and future career aspirations.  Requirements: meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, must have received high school diploma, GPA 3.0 or higher, enrolled in accredited U.S. engineering program through a college or university, U.S.

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

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education in memory of Yukiko Howell. Yukiko taught math, science, and Japanese language for many years at Annie Wright School, a private school in Tacoma, Washington. After obtaining her private pilot certificate, Yukiko taught weekly aviation lessons at her school, including the basics of flying. She advocated aviation in her school lessons, emphasizing math and science proficiency as a means to achieve an exciting aviation career.

Flight Training Scholarships

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: 
$3,900
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The ATP CTP course is a prerequisite for the FAA's highest certificate. This training program will impart conceptual knowledge through academics and consolidate that knowledge through training in Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). The course bridges the knowledge gap between a pilot who holds a private pilot certificate and a pilot operating in an air carrier environment. This program meets the requirements of FAR §61.156. Successful completion of our FAA-Approved course makes you eligible to take the ATP Multi-Engine (ATM) knowledge test, which you may take at any testing center.

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: 
$15,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Southwest Airlines® is excited to award 6 scholarships to selected Women in Aviation members who; hold a valid ATP, a minimum of Third Class Medical and able to hold a First Class Medical. Experience a day in the life of a First Officer in training! Attend a new hire Pilot dinner featuring networking opportunities and inspirational speakers and complete Southwest’s First Officer Leadership Certification course. Tour our Campus including our brand-new state of the art Pilot training facility, the LEAD center.

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