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. Ignite your personal learning experience by applying for WAI 2021 scholarships this year. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Change your life, and review application requirements, FAQs, and 10 tips for a winning scholarship application.

In 2020, WAI awarded 151 scholarships valued at $831,365 bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $13.2 million.

Learn about the history of the WAI scholarship program from Founder Peggy Chabrian, scholarship sponsors and winners by watching this 2019 video.

Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

Watch WAI Scholarship Spotlights videos to learn more.

Andrea Coppick, WAI 6452

Lindsey Dreiling, WAI 14613

Miyukiko "Koko" Kostelny, WAI 41327

Melissa Martin, WAI 77913


Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winners!

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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

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.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in airline flight decks worldwide. ISA+21 will award two type ratings (B737 or A320) valued at $10,000 each. The successful candidate will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami, FL, Denver, CO or Dallas, TX. Funds will be paid directly to FTI and training must be completed within 18 months. The recipients of the airline type rating scholarship are responsible for all travel, housing, and personal expenses during training.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in airline flight decks worldwide. ISA+21 will award a minimum of two scholarships valued at $5,000 each to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to an accredited college or university with an aviation curriculum, an aviation technical school, or a government approved flight school. Training must be completed within one year of the award. Applicant must possess: 1. Commercial Pilot License. 2.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2021

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of a young woman who was well on her way to achieve her dream of being an airline pilot, when she lost her life in an airplane accident. The funds for this scholarship are generously donated by the Francesca Norris Memorial Fund and the US Aviation Academy. The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) will award two $5,000 scholarships (one of those is co-sponsored by the US Aviation Academy) to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI rating, in honor of Francesca’s memory.

Flight Training

Wings Over 35

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Wings over 35 Scholarship is designed to promote general aviation among men or women over the age of 35 and aid a deserving person over the age of 35 to attain certification as a Private Pilot. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: 1) Be over the age of 35. 2) NOT hold a Private Pilot’s License. 3) Have a desire to pursue higher ratings. 4) Have a financial Need. 5) Hold a third class medical. Applicants must explain their goals in aviation and what they have done thus far towards attaining that goal.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Women Military Aviators (WMA) seeks to preserve, for history, the important role women have played in creating and supporting the American Spirit through their contributions to flight, aeronautics and space. These elite bands of women have not only a love of aviation, but have put their lives on the line in defense of their country through their military service.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. Sponsors Deborah Hecker, Evelyne Tinkl, Christi Dobelli, Kathryn Busch and Lisa Heller are offering one $3,000 scholarship to an individual working on a fixed-wing aircraft instrument or multi engine rating or commercial or flight instructor certificate (CFI only). Payments will be made directly to your flight school. Flight training must be completed within one year of receipt of scholarship. Finalists will only be interviewed at the annual Women in Aviation conference.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. This scholarship is open to applicants worldwide (see note for exclusions). One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working on a fixed wing aircraft instrument, commercial, multi engine, or flight instructor certificate. Candidates must hold a private pilot certificate and have 100 hours of flight time. In addition, they must have passed all written exams for the certificate sought that are required by the aviation authority in their country.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering six $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the six $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, Nevada March 11-13 with an additional $1,000 travel scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Alice Ecalle was an ambitious, charismatic, and unforgettable mother and pilot. To honor her legacy her brother (Ted Brennan) and his friends and family would like to support other mothers by alleviating some of the financial burden of training to become a commercial pilot. In addition to WAI requirements: 1) Must be a mother. 2) Already have CPL and IR. 3) Include a copy of written test results for CPL and IR.

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WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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