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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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

SUBMIT MAILED APPLICATION ONLY
The Anne Bridge Baddour Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a female pilot with a burning desire to become a professional pilot. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, have at least a private pilot certificate with 150 hours and be on track toward the ATP. This award can be used toward an instrument, multiengine, or ATP rating. Download and print the Official WAI application form here

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

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: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2022

The Blackburn Family, in cooperation with WAI, is offering four $10,000 flight scholarships to men and women ages 18 to 30 who have soloed an aircraft and are working toward achieving flight training for any category, class, or rating. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and legal residents of Washington or Oregon. 

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

Boeing's commitment to general aviation includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training is to be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen based on passion for flying, commitment to completing flight training, and two reference letters highlighting the applicant's character qualities.

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

In memory of Bunny M. Connors, a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts area, who later chose to pursue her life-long dream of flying. She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students. Bunny 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: 
$18,000.00
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

CAE, your worldwide training partner of choice, is proud to award a WAI scholarship for one pilot in command (PIC) type rating. Upon successful completion of the pilot initial training course, the recipient will earn a PIC type rating in the appropriate aircraft program including Cessna Citation Sovereign (CE-680 type designation) in New Jersey; Cessna Citation Bravo or Ultra (CE-500 type designation) in Dallas; Beechcraft King Air 350i (BE-300 type designation) in Dallas. 

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2022

WAI, in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing of Nipomo, California, offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32 and was never able to complete her flight training. This scholarship is open to women ages 16-30 who have soloed within the last six months preceding applying for this scholarship and are working toward their recreational, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate. Additional one- to two-page essay on Why I Love to Fly is also required. 

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

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

A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multiengine rating, commercial or CFI certificate. The applicant must have a private pilot certificate, and will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to her community. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you. FAA Class 1-3 medicals will still be required and preferred, Basic Med will be considered. One or the other is required. 

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

SUBMIT MAILED APPLICATION ONLY
This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a private, sport, or recreational certificate and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating (instrument, commercial, or other). The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient's account. Download and print the Official WAI application form here.

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

Envoy Air will award one Future Airline Pilot Scholarship to a qualified WAI member that is working toward 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. Scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed a first officer interview upon successful completion of Envoy's hiring requirements. 

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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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