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.

Remember you must be a member of WAI to apply for scholarships

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Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

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

Bonnie started her career as an educator, moving on to the aviation and aerospace industry, and spending almost 30 years working in commercial aviation and space programs. Upon retirement her passion for aviation blossomed while volunteering at the Museum of Flight, where she loved to lead tours dressed as a WASP and share their stories. Bonnie always wanted to extend the opportunities for women in aviation, and we, her family, are proud to fund a scholarship in her name.

Flight Training Scholarships

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing her dream in the world of aviation. A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multiengine rating, or commercial or CFI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school, and training must be completed within one year. The recipient 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.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2018

With the high costs of flight training and goals of a professional pilot career, Southwest Airlines will help you financially achieve those goals and earn your flight certificates. Southwest Airlines is awarding six scholarships of $5,000 each to qualified candidates who have aspirations of becoming a professional pilot. Qualified candidates must submit their application per the requirements listed below.

Estimated Value: 
$35,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Delta Air Lines will award two B777 type rating certificates to qualified recipients who are currently enrolled or have a baccalaureate degree. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and have leadership potential. All training will be approximately six concurrent weeks and conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, lodging accommodations and round-trip airfare will be provided during training (meals not included).

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

Sporty's Foundation is offering one recreational or sport pilot flight training scholarship to a small aircraft maintenance technician. The award money is not intended for use in achieving any other certificate, rating, or endorsement. Award money is to be used for flight training costs only. Award recipient must plan to pursue a recreational or sport pilot certificate within six months of receiving the scholarship. Award money will be sent to recipient's employer or flight school for disbursement and will require two endorsements for deposit.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

Submit Mailed Applications Only

This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot 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: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Online Applications Only

Sun Country Airlines will award a $5,000 flight training scholarship to a woman who is working toward a fixed-wing aircraft instrument or multiengine rating or commercial or certified flight instructor certificate. Payments will be made directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year of receipt of scholarship.

Estimated Value: 
$25,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Submit Mailed Applications Only

FedEx Express will award a B757/767 type rating to two qualified female pilots who are members of Women in Aviation International. The training program will include all appropriate materials. The training will be in Memphis, Tennessee, in fall 2018.

Minimum qualifications include the following: commercial, instrument, and multiengine certificates; a minimum of 1,500 hours' total flight time; must have passed a FAA ATP written within the last two years; and must hold a current first-class FAA medical certificate.

Estimated Value: 
$250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

A past board member of WAI, Ted Mallory, was dedicated to the organization and to ensuring the availability of scholarships to provide opportunities for individuals interested in learning to fly. The Ted Mallory Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member who is interested in pursuing a private pilot certificate or Instrument rating.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award three scholarships up to $5000  to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI certificate and up to $5000 for the David Mandot Memoriam CFI/CFII scholarship.

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