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 $875,500 (156 individual scholarships) was awarded in 2019, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $12 million. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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Thanks to an anonymous donation, WAI is pleased to award $73,000 in additional scholarships in June 2019. Congratulations to the following winners:

WAI Instrument Certificate Scholarship $5,000 each

Melissa Diaz Cooper, Kailua, Hawaii

Shana Bartell, Cedar City, Utah

Maria Hall, Kerrville, Texas

WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship $3,000 each

Lauren Lynn Sherrick, Racine, Wisconsin

Sarah Corbin, Anchorage, Alaska

WAI CFII Rating Scholarship $5,000 each

Trimbi M. Szabo, Broomfield, Colorado

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship $3,000 each

Morgan M. Gillespie, Prescott, Arizona

Gabrielle F. Palmas, Phoenix, Arizona

Theodore W. Johnson, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Meira Leonard, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship $5,000 each

Erin Walling, Beavercreek, Ohio

Jodie A. Gawthrop, Westfield, Indiana

WAI Private Pilot Scholarship $5,000 each

Madison Coutu, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kourtnie A. Robin, Slidell, Louisiana

Rachel A. Obajtek, Tehachapi, California

Aurora E. Enriquez, Bozeman, Montana

Morgan D. Sandstrom, Centerville, Ohio

 

The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications will be due on November 12, 2019. Remember that applicants must be WAI members in good standing.  Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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The applicant understands and accepts that WAI has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any scholarship awards other than those specifically identified as WAI scholarships.

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Aviation Maintenance Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Pratt & Whitney will offer (6) engine maintenance training scholarships to individuals working to become A&P mechanics. Winners will receive the following: One engine maintenance training course (recipients can pick one of the two options provided below). Domestic airfare only (see international travel for more information). Hotel accommodations. The estimated value of this scholarship in US dollars is: $5,000. Recipients can choose from two different types of engine training: A large commercial engine training course at the closest Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center (CTC)

Aviation Maintenance, Helicopter

HFI Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

This scholarship provides $2,500 to applicants who are in training to become aviation maintenance technicians. Applicants must already be enrolled in a maintenance technician certificate program at an FAA-approved Part 147 school or international equivalent.

Estimated Value: 
$4,250 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Southwest Airlines is pleased to offer TWO individual Maintenance Training Scholarships.  The Recipient may choose from the following courses. Two-week 737-700/800 Systems Class OR One-week 737-700/800 Avionics  Class. Included in the scholarship is a roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines to Dallas, hotel accommodations, and provisions for meals for the duration of class. During the time the Recipient is attending training he/she will: Meet with Tech Ops Leaders, Tour the DAL maintenance facility, headquarters, and NOC, Shadow a Supervisor in Tech Op, and other fun Southwest Airlines’ even

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The TAM Scholarship was created after sponsor Carolyn Burton, an American Airlines Mechanic identified a need for providing tools to a female student starting out in Aircraft Maintenance. Carolyn will offer one TOOL Scholarship for $2500 worth of TOOLS of your choice plus round-trip airfare. In addition, Snap-On Industrial is generously contributing an aviation starter tool kit with a value of $2500.

Aviation Maintenance

FedEx Express JT8D-15AQM Engine

Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

FedEx Express is accepting applications from qualified aviation schools, universities, museums and other aviation education organizations for a JT8D-15AQM engine with stand from the company’s retiring fleet. To be considered for this donation, please submit a detailed summary of your organization, including information about your program, how the engine would enhance your program and any joint use opportunities with other area programs to increase the utilization of the asset.   The recipient will be required to sign a contract that restricts the transfer of ownership, the sale

Aviation Management Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Aviation Maintenance Management or Aviation Business Management. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time college students, with a minimum of two semesters left (as of February 2020), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S.

Dispatcher Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$4,250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Airline Dispatchers Federation in conjunction with Aircraft Dispatch Academy (St. George, UT) is offering a scholarship to earn his/her Aircraft Dispatcher’s FAA 121 certificate.The following are details of this scholarship: The scholarship will have a monetary value of. $4,250.00 which will cover instruction and training required to take the Aircraft Dispatch written test and check ride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Flamingo Air/Airline Ground Schools (AGS) will award one dispatcher training scholarship leading to an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Scholarship is for the Distance Learning Course with a seven-day residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. No previous aviation experience required. 

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Southwest Airlines will award up to $5000 toward an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate to a qualified candidate who is a member of Women In Aviation International who has aspirations of becoming an Aircraft Dispatcher.  No previous aviation experience required.  Candidate must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English; have a high school diploma or GED; and have a government issued identification showing they are at least 21 years old.  A single page essay that reflects how the scholarship will help you reach your professional career goals must be submitted with the application alo

Estimated Value: 
$3,695
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Hybrid Course (Online / 8-day classroom session) The Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. hybrid Aircraft Dispatcher Course is comprised of two elements: a four-month (17 week) self-paced online portion and an 8-day classroom session. This course allows you to complete the majority of the coursework online over a four-month period.  Once you complete the online requirements and pass the FAA Knowledge Test, you will spend 8 days at our training facility in Houston, TX to complete the practical portion of your training.

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