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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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: 
$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: 
$3,900
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The ATP CTP course is a prerequisite for the FAA's highest certificate. This training program will impart conceptual knowledge through academics and consolidate that knowledge through training in Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). The course bridges the knowledge gap between a pilot who holds a private pilot certificate and a pilot operating in an air carrier environment. This program meets the requirements of FAR §61.156. Successful completion of our FAA-Approved course makes you eligible to take the ATP Multi-Engine (ATM) knowledge test, which you may take at any testing center.

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

Alaska Airlines will award one $2,500 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a professional airline pilot career. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Candidates will be evaluated on volunteer work in the community, academic standing, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.

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

We understand the financial barriers of pursuing an additional pilot certificate/rating, in particular for those who are pursuing this during a career-shift. To address this obstacle, this scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is currently pursuing a career as a commercial pilot and expresses financial need. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: Be a woman pursuing a career change to a professional commercial pilot. Already hold a private pilot license with an instrument rating. Be in pursuit of an advanced pilot certificate or rating.

Estimated Value: 
$15,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Southwest Airlines® is excited to award 6 scholarships to selected Women in Aviation members who; hold a valid ATP, a minimum of Third Class Medical and able to hold a First Class Medical. Experience a day in the life of a First Officer in training! Attend a new hire Pilot dinner featuring networking opportunities and inspirational speakers and complete Southwest’s First Officer Leadership Certification course. Tour our Campus including our brand-new state of the art Pilot training facility, the LEAD center.

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

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: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Air Wisconsin Airlines will award four Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP CTP) Scholarships to qualified members of Women in Aviation.

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

Francesca, 25 years young, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in a fatal airplane crash. 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 a minimum of two $5000 scholarships to women working to acquire a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), or Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) so that other women can continue in the career Frankie loved so much.

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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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