Scholarships

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International. In the past 20 years, WAI has disbursed more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. 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 2018 scholarship program will begin in July and run through November 13, 2017. Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation International by November 1, 2017, and may apply for no more than three scholarships. Internships are not included in the three per member scholarship limit.

2018 WAI Scholarship Application

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

WAI wishes you much success in achieving your dreams!

Please Note:
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: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

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 $2,500 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 $2,500. This scholarship is specifically for the purchase of tools for a currently enrolled full-time female student in maintenance training for airframe and powerplant certificates.

Aviation Management Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

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 29th 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 2018), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. Applicants must be U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Signature Flight Support Corporation is awarding a $1,500 scholarship to support a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an aviation-related field, preferably FBO management. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a WAI member, be working toward a career in aviation, and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher in her most recent year of education.

Dispatcher Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

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 six-day residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. No previous aviation experience is required.

Estimated Value: 
Up to $5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

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

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. hybrid aircraft dispatcher course is comprised of two elements-a four-month (17 weeks) self-paced online portion, and an eight-day classroom session. This course allows the applicant to complete the majority of the coursework online over a four-month period. Once the applicant completes the online requirements and passes the FAA knowledge test, the applicant will spend eight days at Universal's training facility in Houston, Texas, to complete the practical portion of training.

Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree in aerospace/aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum of two semesters (as of February 2018), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. Applicants must be U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The Washington State Chapter of WAI offers a $1,500 scholarship for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in memory of Yukiko Howell. Yukiko taught math, science, and Japanese language for many years at Annie Wright School, a private school in Tacoma, Washington. After obtaining her private pilot certificate, Yukiko taught weekly aviation lessons at her school, including the basics of flying. She advocated aviation in her school lessons, emphasizing math and science proficiency as a means to achieve an exciting aviation career.

Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Maintenance

United Airlines Tech Ops Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$1,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Open to Women in Aviation International members who are seeking a degree in aerospace/aeronautical engineering, aviation maintenance technology or an A&P through an aviation technician program.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering with a passion to work in the airline/aviation industry. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, community service involvement, and future career aspirations.

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