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 $695,500 was awarded in 2018, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to $11,495,581. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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The 2019 WAI scholarship program is  now open. Check out the "Application Requirements" tab on the right side of the page. 

WAI wishes you much success in achieving your dreams!

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The High Flight Aviation Scholarship was founded in memory of aviation legend Ed Bowlin.  Prior to his passing, Ed and his wife, Connie, were known for encouraging and helping people achieve their flying goals.  The intent of this scholarship is to provide an avenue to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  Funds may be used toward obtaining a private pilot certificate or higher up to and including an ATP.  Applicants should address their career aspirations with clear, concise examples of how they have achieved their care

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Republic Airways Holdings 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.  Scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed a First Officer interview upon attainment of the company’s hiring requirements.  Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines and must also be a commercial-rated pilot.  In addition to the qualities and information above, your essay must also include why Republi

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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 an instrument rating, multi-engine or ATP rating.  

Estimated Value: 
$2,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Horizon Air will award two $2,500 scholarships 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.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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 three scholarships up to $5000 to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI certificate and up to $5000 for the David Mandot Memoriam CFI/CFII scholarship.

Estimated Value: 
$250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Online Application Only   The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering four $10,000 flight scholarships to Men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the four $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California March 14-16 by providing travel and lodging (up to $1000) for each recipient.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The International Society of Woman Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award two B737 or A320 type ratings valued at $10,000 each. The successful candidates will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami Florida. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training must be completed within 18 months. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you.

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