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.

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

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Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

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

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) 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.

Flight Training Scholarships

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY    This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot’s certificate (private, sport or recreational) and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating, i.e. Instrument, commercial, etc.  The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient’s account.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The scholarship may be used for instrument, commercial, multi-engine, seaplane, tailwheel, or CFI trainingIn addition to WAI requirements you must hold a private pilot certificate, hold at least a third class medical or BasicMed.  Must have one letter of recommendation from someone who has flown with you and be an active member of the LIFT Facebook Page.  Ladies in Flight Training—LIFT is a Facebook page dedicated to the positive encouragement and support of women in all phases of flight training.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Envoy Air will award two $5,000 Future Airline Pilot Scholarships to qualified members of WAI that are working towards a commercial or CFI certificate.   Funds will be paid directly to the flight school, and training must be completed within one year from the date of award.

Estimated Value: 
$350
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The Mountain Flying Course scholarship is being offered to the members of WAI and Facebook page Ladies in Flight Training. This course will be held at VanFleet Aviation in Hickory, North Carolina at KHKY in a Cessna 172 to KGEV and back.  The course includes 1.5 hours of ground school and approximately 1.5 hours of flight time.

Estimated Value: 
$25,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  FedEx Express will award a B767 type rating to two qualified female pilots who are WAI members.  The training program will include all appropriate materials, and will be in Memphis,  Tennessee, in Fall 2019.  Applicants must have commercial, instrument, and multiengine certificates; minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time; passed a FAA ATP written within the last two years; and hold a current first-class FAA medical certificate.  A candidate's early withdrawal from the course or failure to secure the type rating does not obligate FedEx to offer

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

In addition to WAI requirements, you must hold a student pilot or sport pilot certificate and third class medical.  Must have one letter of recommendation from someone who has flown with you,  and be an active member of the LIFT Facebook Page.  Ladies in Flight Training—LIFT is a Facebook page dedicated to the positive encouragement and support of women in all phases of flight training. The scholarships will be awarded to deserving member of the page to assist ladies in earning their wings!

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

Ace Aerobatic School is offering its spin training course for a pilot who wishes to enhance her skills and resume.  In your essay, share your aviation background, your plan for the future and how spin training can help with your goals.  This scholarship is open to anyone with at least a student pilot certificate.  For the aspiring flight instructor with at least a commercial certificate and training toward to the CFI certificate, the course can include a sign-off for the CFI certificate.

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

Open to US female citizen applicants only.  This scholarship offers five free flight hours at the GIFT Academy in Vernon, Texas.  Travel will be at the expense of the winner and will take place at F05 in Texas. Training dates will be coordinated in advance subject to CFI availability.  Applicants must be a student pilot or above, hold at least a student pilot certificate and medical certificate. Must have one letter of recommendation from someone who has flown with you.

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

This scholarship will help an aspiring CFI to earn her spin endorsement at one of three possible locations.  The student will be able to choose the type of aircraft depending upon the school chosen. Note: Spin endorsement is not guaranteed but the student will be closer to earning it. All monies to be sent directly to the school chosen.  Applicants must be a femalle U.S.

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