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 $695,500 was awarded in 2018, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to $11,495,581. 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 2019 WAI scholarship program is  now open. Check out the "Application Requirements" tab on the right side of the page. 

WAI wishes you much success in achieving your dreams!

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
4
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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.

Estimated Value: 
$250
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

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: 
2019

Online Application Only   The Blackburn Family in cooperation with Women in Aviation is offering four $10,000 flight scholarships to Men and women whose primary residence is located in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to the four $10,000 flight scholarships, the Blackburn Family is encouraging attendance at the next Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California March 14-16 by providing travel and lodging (up to $1000) for each recipient.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Washington, Oregon, Montana or Idaho.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The International Society of Woman Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award two B737 or A320 type ratings valued at $10,000 each. The successful candidates will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami Florida. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training must be completed within 18 months. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
3
Scholarship Year: 
2019

United Airlines is proud to partner with Women in Aviation International supporting female aviators.  As an industry leader passionate about diversity and inclusion, United Airlines’ mission is to create an inclusive work environment characterized by dignity and respect that empowers every employee to serve the global marketplace and contribute to company success.  United Airlines would like to make a difference in the life of three aspiring female airline pilots who are pursuing their dream in the world of aviation.  Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to women that currently meet th

Estimated Value: 
$45,700
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

In memory of Richard E.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Jeppesen’s commitment to GA includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a private, recreational or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training is to be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen based on passion for flying, commitment to completing flight training and two reference letters highlighting the applicant’s character qualities.

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

 The WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship is open to women of all ages who have already soloed and are working on their recreational, sport pilot, private pilot, or commercial certificate; instrument or multi-engine rating; or CFI.  Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents, but all members who qualify are encouraged to apply.  Funds will be paid to the flight school of your choice.

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts area.  She later chose to pursue her life-long 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 in 12 months of receiving scholarship. 

Benefits of a WAI Membership

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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