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2021 W4V Drone Training & Photography Scholarship

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The Wings for Val Foundation, www.wingsforval.org, honors the legacy of Lieutenant 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. Wings for Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide a drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry. This scholarship includes the DARTdrones ultimate Professional Drone Pilot Package; designed to provide everything needed to pass the Part 107 Drone License exam and six months access to their full online Part 107 Test Prep course and student guide. This package also includes a full day of in-person drone pilot training with an expert flight instructor and access to multiple online courses. Upon FAA certification, the scholarship recipient will receive a drone with 4K camera as well as photography mentoring and service opportunities with Images for Good, a nonprofit photography mentoring organization. The applicant must be a female WAI member, 16 years of age or older. We are looking for an individual interested in drone photography who also demonstrates a commitment to serving her community and/or mentoring the next generation. Include in your essay the answers to the following questions: 1) What interests you about drones and drone photography?  2) Is there a fallen military service member you would like to honor or who inspires you? Please describe. 3) What kind of community service have you been involved in and how would you use this scholarship to serve your community even more?

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