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 $875,500 (156 individual scholarships) was awarded in 2019, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $12 million. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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Thanks to an anonymous donation, WAI is pleased to award $73,000 in additional scholarships in June 2019. Congratulations to the following winners:

WAI Instrument Certificate Scholarship $5,000 each

Melissa Diaz Cooper, Kailua, Hawaii

Shana Bartell, Cedar City, Utah

Maria Hall, Kerrville, Texas

WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship $3,000 each

Lauren Lynn Sherrick, Racine, Wisconsin

Sarah Corbin, Anchorage, Alaska

WAI CFII Rating Scholarship $5,000 each

Trimbi M. Szabo, Broomfield, Colorado

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship $3,000 each

Morgan M. Gillespie, Prescott, Arizona

Gabrielle F. Palmas, Phoenix, Arizona

Theodore W. Johnson, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Meira Leonard, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship $5,000 each

Erin Walling, Beavercreek, Ohio

Jodie A. Gawthrop, Westfield, Indiana

WAI Private Pilot Scholarship $5,000 each

Madison Coutu, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kourtnie A. Robin, Slidell, Louisiana

Rachel A. Obajtek, Tehachapi, California

Aurora E. Enriquez, Bozeman, Montana

Morgan D. Sandstrom, Centerville, Ohio

 

The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications will be due on November 12, 2019. Remember that applicants must be WAI members in good standing.  Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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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: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Flamingo Air/Airline Ground Schools (AGS) will award one dispatcher training scholarship leading to an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Scholarship is for the Distance Learning Course with a seven-day residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. No previous aviation experience required. 

Aerospace Engineering Scholarships

Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Maintenance

United Airlines Tech Ops - Women in Aviation Scholarship 2020

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Scholarship award amount: 2 @ $5000, as well as cover the cost of conf registration, one-night hotel, and positive space flight passes to the winners. Open to Women in Aviation International members who are seeking a degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation Maintenance Technology or an A & P through an Aviation Technician Program. Applicants must either be currently enrolled or officially accepted into an Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering program, Aviation Maintenance Technology program or Aviation Technician Program at an accredited University, College or AMT School in t

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree in Aerospace/ Aeronautical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum of two semesters (as of February 2020), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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.  Requirements: meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, must have received high school diploma, GPA 3.0 or higher, enrolled in accredited U.S. engineering program through a college or university, U.S.

Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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.

Estimated Value: 
$45,700
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

CAE, your worldwide training Partner of choice and Bombardier Aerospace Service Center network are proud to award this a Scholarship for a LR75 type-rating course to Women in Aviation International.  Upon successful completion of the LR75 pilot initial training course, the recipient will be able to conduct a 100 percent type rating check ride in the Learjet 75 simulator.  The scholarship winner must, as a minimum, be a holder of a Private Pilot Certificate with Multi Engine and Instrument-Airplane Rating. The course last 16 days and will be conducted in Dallas, Texas.  The scholarship winne

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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.  Award recipient will also receive a copy of

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The WAI San Diego Chapter will award a $3,000 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a career in aviation. The award will be used to support flight training towards a private, instrument or commercial rating. The winner will also receive a trip to the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference (including round trip airfare, conference registration fee, and hotel accommodations). The winner will decide how much money is allocated to flight training and to conference expenses. Applicants must be a legal U.S.

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