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 will start in July 2019, 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

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$3,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. A $3000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multi-engine rating, 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.

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

This scholarship honors the legacy of Captain Sara Knutson Cullen, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army who perished on the same day as Val in Afghanistan. Her family shares that Sara was smart, funny, and driven to succeed. She had a strong faith and positively impacted those around her through her wit, kindness, and joyfulness. This scholarship is open to a female WAI member from any country, 18 years of age or older. It will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private helicopter (rotary wing) pilot license.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot’s license (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: 
2020

Wings For Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide a drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry. This scholarship includes the DARTdrones ultimate Professional Drone Pilot Package; a full day of in-person training designed to give you everything you need to pass the Part 107 Drone License exam and six months access to their full online Part 107 Test Prep course and student guide.  With this package, you also get a full day of in-person drone pilot training with an expert flight instructor and access

Flight Training

flyGIRL Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The flyGIRL scholarship is open to female U.S. citizens of any age with an interest in aviation. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the flight school and must be used within a year of receipt. It can be used for the private pilot’s license or any advanced certificate or rating. Include in your essay why you should be awarded the funds and specifically what the funds will be used for. A personal meeting or phone interview may also be required. 

Flight Training

Wings Over 35

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

The Wings over 35 Scholarship is designed to promote general aviation among men or women over the age of 35 and aid a deserving person over the age of 35 to attain certification as a Private Pilot. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must: 1) Be over the age of 35. 2) NOT hold a Private Pilot’s License. 3) Have a desire to pursue higher ratings. 4) Have a financial Need. 5) Hold a third class medical. Applicants must explain their goals in aviation and what they have done thus far towards attaining that goal.

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

The High Flight Aviation Scholarship was founded in memory of aviation legend Ed Bowlin. Prior to his passing, Ed and his wife, Connie, were known for encouraging and helping people achieve their flying goals. The intent of this scholarship is to provide an avenue to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  Funds may be used toward obtaining a Private Pilot certificate or higher up to and including an ATP.

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

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 have not only a love of aviation, but have 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: 
$2,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Horizon Air will award two $2,500 scholarships 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: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

This scholarship is to provide financial support for high school students pursuing a future in aviation. The scholarship is meant to promote interest in aviation for Central American youth.  In addition to WAI requirements applicants must meet the following requirements: Central American citizens, at least 17 years of age at the date of application, and enrolled in a flight school.

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