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. Ignite your personal learning experience by applying for the annual WAI scholarships. Change your life, and review application requirementsFAQs, and 10 tips for a winning scholarship application.

Women in Aviation International is thrilled to offer the 2022 WAI scholarship program featuring a variety of career pursuits. Scholarships include funding to further members' interests in aerospace engineering, aviation maintenance, flight training, helicopter ratings, dispatch, and professional development. 

Applications are due October 12, 2021, and you must be an active WAI member by October 1, 2021, to apply. The 2022 scholarships will be awarded during the 33rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from March 17-19, 2022.

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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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Dispatcher Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$4,250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

The Aircraft Dispatch Academy of St. George, Utah, is offering a scholarship to earn his or her aircraft dispatcher FAA 121 certificate. The scholarship will cover instruction and training required to take the aircraft dispatch written test and checkride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all written and oral examination fees.

Estimated Value: 
$5,990.00
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

The Airline Dispatchers Federation in conjunction with Academy College of Bloomington, Minnesota, is offering a scholarship to earn his or her aircraft dispatcher FAA 121 certificate. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, instruction, and training required to take the aircraft dispatch written test and checkride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all written and oral examination fees.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

Southwest Airlines will award up to $5,000 toward an aircraft dispatcher certificate to a qualified WAI member who has aspirations of becoming an aircraft dispatcher. No previous aviation experience required. The applicant must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English; have a high school diploma or GED; and a government issued identification showing they are at least 21 years old. A one-page essay reflecting how the scholarship will help you reach your professional career goals must be submitted with the application along with two letters of recommendation.

Estimated Value: 
$3,995
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

The Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. hybrid aircraft dispatcher course comprises two elements: a four-month (17-week) 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. When the online requirements are met and the FAA Airman Knowledge Test is passed, the applicant will spend eight days at the Houston, Texas, training facility to complete the practical portion of his or her training. 

Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

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.  The applicant must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, have a high school diploma, minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), enrolled in an accredited U.S. engineering program through a college or university, U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

In addition to all WAI requirements, the applicant shall be pursuing higher education toward a STEM career with plans to enter a career in aviation or aerospace. The applicant must be enrolled (or committed to attending) an accredited institution (includes two- and four-year colleges, technical institutes, and certificate programs), have experience volunteering in STEM or aviation-related events and/or WAI activities in the previous year. In your WAI application essay, include detailed explanations of the applicant's career plans, goals, and volunteer experiences.

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1,500 scholarship for 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, and was an active chapter volunteer. STEM careers include but are not limited to science, engineering, air traffic controller, avionics technician, dispatch certification, aircraft mechanic, meteorologist, and STEM educator.

Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$3,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

Alaska Floats & Skis has a proud history of mentoring young pilots and introducing all pilots to a world of unique flying in the most beautiful place on earth. We are looking to spark inspiration in the next generation of aviators and encourage young pilots to take an unconventional path to becoming a professional pilot. The applicant must possess at least a ASEL private pilot certificate, and have an interest in Alaskan aviation as a career. In your descriptive essay, please address how the opportunity of adding a float rating would help advance your professional goals. 

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2022

American Airlines will award a $5K educational scholarship to a qualified WAI member that has a high school diploma and a willingness to develop skills that will lead to a career as a professional airline pilot. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the date of application; have 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, multiengine, commercial, instructor, or ATP.

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WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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