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. 

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Flight Training Scholarships

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

Air Wisconsin Airlines will award four Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP CTP) Scholarships to qualified members of  WAI.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Online Applications Only    The flyGIRL scholarship is open to female U.S. citizens of any age with an interest in aviation.  The scholarship money will be paid directly to the flight school and must be used within a year of receipt.  It can be used for the private pilot’s license or any advanced certificate or rating. Include in your essay why you should be awarded the funds and specifically what the funds will be used for.  A personal meeting or phone interview may also be required. 

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

This scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member who has undergone hardship (which may be physical, emotional, or financial) and offers them a unique way to challenge themselves and thus gain self-confidence and increased resiliency skills.  The scholarship covers flight training up to the amount of $1500, taking the student to the level of competency where they are able to control the aircraft on their own, whilst having an instructor beside them in the aircraft.  The selection will be based on information submitted in the scholarship application. 

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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.Successful applicants must be women pursuing a professional airline pilot career as a junior, senior, or graduate level student enrolled in an accredited college or univer

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Alaska Airlines will award one $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; and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

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

This scholarship provides $5,000 to applicants who want to attain their commercial helicopter ratings. Applicants must already have their private pilot’s license and be enrolled in a commercial helicopter rating program at an FAA-approved Part 141 school or international equivalent.

Estimated Value: 
$18,120
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

A female pilot will receive 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.  A primary mission of King Schools is to support flight instructors by preparing their clients for FAA knowledge tests and providing training insights through King's Flight Instructor Refresher Course.  Marth

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
3
Scholarship Year: 
2019

American Airlines will award a $5,000 educational scholarship to a qualified member of Women in Aviation.   Applicants must have a high school diploma; willingness to develop skills that will lead to a career as a professional airline pilot; at least 18 years of age at the date of application;  enrolled in a private pilot ground school course or have logged flight time with a certified flight instructor.  The funds may be used for flight training such as private pilot, instrument, multi-engine, commercial, instructor, or ATP.  Funds are not applicable toward a sport or recreational pilo

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

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