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.

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Flight Training Scholarships

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

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.

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

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. Sponsors Deborah Hecker, Evelyne Tinkl, Christi Dobelli, Kathryn Busch, and Lisa Heller are offering one $3,000 scholarship to an individual working on a fixed-wing aircraft instrument or multiengine rating or commercial or certified flight instructor certificate (CFI only). Payments will be made directly to your flight school. Flight training must be completed within one year of receipt of scholarship. Finalists will only be interviewed at the annual WAI conference.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

Women Military Aviators (WMA) seeks to preserve, for history, the important role women have played in creating and supporting the American spirit through their contributions to flight, aeronautics, and space. These elite bands of women not only have a love of aviation, but also put their lives on the line in defense of their country through their military service. WMA is committed to passing this legacy from one generation of women to another and has established an annual scholarship program in support of this commitment.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The Blackburn Family is offering two or more flight scholarships to women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana, or Idaho. Blackburn Family Northwest Flight Scholarships are open to women ages 18 to 34 who have flown solo within the 12 months preceding applying for this scholarship and are working toward achieving flight training for any category, class, or rating. Applicants must provide a copy of her solo endorsement and/or medical certificate with the application.

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

Online Applications Only

Estimated Value: 
$44,200
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

In memory of Richard E. Blose, Learjet instructor pilot at the Bombardier Customer Training located at the DFW Airport, Texas, Bombardier Customer Training is proud to offer a scholarship for a LR75 type-rating course. 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, hold a private pilot certificate with multiengine and instrument-airplane rating.

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

One $2,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight related expenses. Funds will be paid directly to the school and must be used within a year of receiving the award. Include in your essay a personal statement outlining your career aspirations and how the funds will be used.

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

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts, area. She later chose to pursue her lifelong dream of flying. She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students. She 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 within 12 months of receiving scholarship.

Estimated Value: 
$4,995
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The ATP CTP course is now required by the FAA for any pilot prior to taking the ATP knowledge test. The course is eight days and includes the ATP test. The course can be taken at either our Orlando, Florida, or Las Vegas, Nevada, training centers. The scholarship will include all course fees. The recipient will be responsible for transportation to and from the training city, room, and board.

Flight Training

CAE ATP/CTP Course

Estimated Value: 
$7,800
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

This program addresses the modification to ATP certification requirements for transition from commercial pilot certification to an airline transport operational environment and meets all FAA requirements and regulations (FAR 61.156). Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess an FAA commercial certificate and multiengine and instrument ratings, or have military experience per FAR 61.73.

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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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