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

One $2,500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university who has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0. All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight related expenses. Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be used within a year of receiving the award. Include in your essay a personal statement outlining your career aspirations and how the funds will be used.

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

The WAI San Diego Chapter will award a $3,000 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a career in aviation. The award will be used to support flight training towards a private, instrument or commercial rating. The winner will also receive a trip to the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference (including round trip airfare, conference registration fee, and hotel accommodations). The winner will decide how much money is allocated to flight training and to conference expenses. Applicants must be a legal U.S.

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

A female pilot will receive $5,000 of financial assistance in achieving an initial flight instructor certificate or a new rating on her flight instructor certificate, as well as lifetime access to the entire King Schools online course library of more than 85 courses. Martha and John King are co-chairmen of King Schools, the largest provider of online training for pilots from student through professional.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  The Anne Bridge Baddour Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a female pilot with the following accomplishments: Must be a U. S. citizen, a burning desire to become a professional pilot, have at least a Private Pilot Certificate with 150 hrs. flying time, be on track towards the ATP. This award will be used to further her aims toward and/or Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating or ATP.

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

Republic Airways will award a $5000 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship. Requirements: Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and have received a Conditional Offer of Employment through the RJet Cadet or Pilot Prep program. To learn more information about our programs, click here.

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.

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.

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