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

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: 
2021

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.

General Scholarships

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

The Boeing Company will award a scholarship to a woman who wishes to advance her career in the aerospace industry in the fields of engineering, technology development or management. The award is to be used for educational purposes only and may not be applied toward flight hours. Applicants may be full-time or part-time employees currently in the aerospace industry or a related field. Also eligible are students pursuing aviation and aerospace-related degrees that are at the sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Estimated Value: 
$3,900 each
Available Scholarships: 
5
Scholarship Year: 
2021

You must be an US citizen or have a current Visa to the US to apply. Training will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Lodging and travel expenses are not included. This is for applicants looking to become Corporate Flight Attendants only. Our training is in compliance with rules and regulations of the FAA Part 91, 125 and 135 and is accepted worldwide. Scholarship must be used within a year of the award.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Elisha Hall (WAI #2335) represented herself as a dedicated and passionate aviation professional. She was a leader, an explorer, and lived life to its fullest. She set both her sights, and her standards, high.

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

One scholarship will be awarded to an individual member, not required to be a student, pursuing any type of aviation interest. Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals. 

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

One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation related career. Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals.

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

"The WAI Atlanta Chapter is offering a scholarship to aid an individual with the pursuit of their Aviation Dream. Applicants will be evaluated based on merit, career, aspirations, dedication, contributions to the community, and following application directions. Within the required 500-word descriptive essay, include the details of your Aviation Dream (Flight, Maintenance, Management, etc.), how this scholarship will aid with your goal, where you hope to use this award, and an approximate timeline of completion for your goal.

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

The “It's About Time Scholarship” is overseen by Abingdon Foundation each year and awards a full registration to the Women in Aviation Conference, round trip airfare, and room and board during the conference to a woman 18-year-old and above. Along with access to seminars and multiple networking opportunities, we will introduce the winner to key people in aviation who will share their experiences. Applicants are not required to be pilots or in the aviation industry.

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

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) offers a $1,500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

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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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