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.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is truly something for every interest.

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

Review list of 2019 scholarships by category.

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Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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Flight Training Scholarships

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

United Airlines is proud to partner with Women in Aviation International supporting female aviators.  As an industry leader passionate about diversity and inclusion, United Airlines’ mission is to create an inclusive work environment characterized by dignity and respect that empowers every employee to serve the global marketplace and contribute to company success.  United Airlines would like to make a difference in the life of three aspiring female airline pilots who are pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to women that currently meet th

Estimated Value: 
$10,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

WAI will award a $10,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a space flight career. Degree majors can include: aeronautical science, space studies, professional pilot, or similar degree areas. Applicants will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, leadership skills, and future career aspirations.  Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and enrolled in a college/university aviation degree program.

Estimated Value: 
$45,700
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

In memory of Richard E.

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

Jeppesen’s commitment to GA includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a private, recreational or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training is to be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen based on passion for flying, commitment to completing flight training and two reference letters highlighting the applicant’s character qualities.

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

 The WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship is open to women of all ages who have already soloed and are working on their recreational, sport pilot, private pilot, or commercial certificate; instrument or multi-engine rating; or CFI.  Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents, but all members who qualify are encouraged to apply.  Funds will be paid to the flight school of your choice.

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

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts area.  She later chose to pursue her life-long dream of flying.  She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students.  She went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways.  The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private pilot certificate or instrument rating.  Flight training must be completed in 12 months of receiving scholarship. 

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

Online Applications Only   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 multiengine rating or commercial or certified 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.

Flight Training

Wings Over 35

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

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 beover the age of 35; NOT hold a private pilot’s certificate; have a desire to pursue higher ratings; have a financial need; and 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: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

WAI will award a $5,000 scholarship to be used for training for an instrument rating or a CFI wanting to add their instrument qualification.  Individual must hold at least a private pilot certificate.  To complement the scholarship, WAI will host the winner with attendance at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, includes conference registration, hotel, and travel stipend.

Flight Training

CAE ATP/CTP Course

Estimated Value: 
$7,800
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

This program addresses the modification to ATP certification requirements for transition from commercial pilot certification to an airline transport operational environment and meets all FAA requirements and regulations (FAR 61.156).

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