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 WAI 2021 scholarships this year. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Change your life, and review application requirements, FAQs, and 10 tips for a winning scholarship application.

In 2020, WAI awarded 151 scholarships valued at $831,365 bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $13.2 million.

Learn about the history of the WAI scholarship program from Founder Peggy Chabrian, scholarship sponsors and winners by watching this 2019 video.

Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

Watch WAI Scholarship Spotlights videos to learn more.

Andrea Coppick, WAI 6452

Lindsey Dreiling, WAI 14613

Miyukiko "Koko" Kostelny, WAI 41327

Melissa Martin, WAI 77913


Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winners!

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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

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 multi engine rating or commercial or 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. Finalists will only be interviewed at the annual Women in Aviation conference.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. This scholarship is open to applicants worldwide (see note for exclusions). One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working on a fixed wing aircraft instrument, commercial, multi engine, or flight instructor certificate. Candidates must hold a private pilot certificate and have 100 hours of flight time. In addition, they must have passed all written exams for the certificate sought that are required by the aviation authority in their country.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2021

The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering six $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the six $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, Nevada March 11-13 with an additional $1,000 travel scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Alice Ecalle was an ambitious, charismatic, and unforgettable mother and pilot. To honor her legacy her brother (Ted Brennan) and his friends and family would like to support other mothers by alleviating some of the financial burden of training to become a commercial pilot. In addition to WAI requirements: 1) Must be a mother. 2) Already have CPL and IR. 3) Include a copy of written test results for CPL and IR.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

One $2,500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university who has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight related expenses. Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be used within a year of receiving the award.  Include in your essay a personal statement outlining your career aspirations and how the funds will be used.

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

A female pilot will receive $5,000 of financial 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.

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, MA 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: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

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 unive

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2021

"Women in Aviation International (WAI) in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing (Nipomo, CA), offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32 and was never able to complete her flight training. Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot.

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