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.

Watch the WAI Scholarship Video to learn more.

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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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Alaska Airlines will award one $2,500 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a professional airline pilot career. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Candidates will be evaluated on volunteer work in the community, academic standing, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.

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

We understand the financial barriers of pursuing an additional pilot certificate/rating, in particular for those who are pursuing this during a career-shift. To address this obstacle, this scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is currently pursuing a career as a commercial pilot and expresses financial need. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: Be a woman pursuing a career change to a professional commercial pilot. Already hold a private pilot license with an instrument rating. Be in pursuit of an advanced pilot certificate or rating.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Air Wisconsin Airlines will award four Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP CTP) Scholarships to qualified members of Women in Aviation.

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

Francesca, 25 years young, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in a fatal airplane crash. The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award a minimum of two $5000 scholarships to women working to acquire a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), or Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) so that other women can continue in the career Frankie loved so much.

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

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training.

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

A past board member of WAI, Ted Mallory, was dedicated to the organization and to ensuring the availability of scholarships to provide opportunities for individuals interested in learning to fly. The Ted Mallory Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member who is interested in pursuing a Private Pilot certificate or Instrument rating. 

Estimated Value: 
$25,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY FedEx Express will award a B767 type rating to (2) qualified female pilots who are members of Women in Aviation.  The training program will include all appropriate materials.  The training will be in Memphis Tennessee in Fall 2020. Minimum qualifications include the following: Commercial, Instrument, and Multiengine certificates, A minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time, Must have passed a FAA ATP written within the last two years, Must hold a current first-class FAA medical certificate. Winners should notify FedEx by May 1st if unable to start training so that

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering two $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the two $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida March 5-7 by paying for travel and lodging (up to $2000). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
3
Scholarship Year: 
2020

United Airlines is proud to partner with Women in Aviation International supporting female aviators. As an industry leader passionate about diversity and inclusion, United Airlines’ mission is to create an inclusive work environment characterized by dignity and respect that empowers every employee to serve the global marketplace and contribute to company success. United Airlines would like to make a difference in the life of three aspiring female airline pilots who are pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to women that currently meet the f

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

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award t​wo​ scholarships up to $5000 to women working to acquire a​ Certified Flight Instructor​ ​(​CFI​) ​, ​ Certified Flight Instructor Instrument​ ​(​CFII​), Multi Engine Instructor​ ​(​MEI​), Initial Flight Training Instructor (FIR), Multi Engine Training Approval (META), or Air Transport Pilot License (ATP or ATPL) certificate.

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