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: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of a woman over 50 years old who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot certificate (private, sport, or recreational) and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating, i.e. instrument, commercial, etc. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of merit, career aspirations, and dedication, as well as contributions to her community. Include in your essay a personal statement outlining how the funds will be used.

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

The Career Eagles Initiative, a partnership with the Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies, the Knowlton Foundation, Youth Aviation Adventure, and the Experimental Aircraft Association, will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a baccalaureate degree program in aviation with the intent to pursue a career as a professional pilot. Applicants must be in good standing as a senior in high school and be applying to a regionally accredited college or university, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.

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

The Wings for Val Foundation (www.wingsforval.org) honors the legacy of LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986 – March 11, 2013) through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Val achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when she earned her “Wings of Gold” in 2012 and started flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission.

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

WAI in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing (Nipomo, California), offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32.

Estimated Value: 
$18,120
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2018

A female flight instructor will receive assistance in achieving a new rating on her flight instructor certificate, as well as lifetime access to the entire King Schools online course library of over 85 courses.

Martha and John King are co-chairmen of King Schools, the largest provider of online training for pilots from student through professional. A primary mission of King Schools is to support flight instructors by preparing their clients for FAA knowledge tests and providing training insights through King's Flight Instructor Refresher Course.

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

CommutAir's commitment to supporting a future airline pilot includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a commercial or CFI certificate.

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 airline flying, commitment to completing flight training, and two reference letters highlighting the applicant's character qualities.

Estimated Value: 
$1,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
3
Scholarship Year: 
2018

MzeroA.com provides online flight training to prepare recipients for written and oral exams. The course provides ground training for those pursuing private, instrument, commercial, and/or CFI ratings. The winner will have access to all four courses for one year.

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

Republic Airline will award a $5000.00 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship. Scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed a First Officer interview upon attainment of the company’s hiring requirements.

General Scholarships

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

The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1,500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark. She worked for the FAA as an airworthiness aviation safety inspector, maintenance division, and was a member of the Washington State Chapter.

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

The Southern Museum of Flight supports the legacy of Mary Alice Beatty, pilot and originator of the museum, with a $5,000 scholarship for young women ages 17-25 actively seeking careers in aviation and aerospace technology. The scholarship exists to support job growth for women within aviation and aerospace technology within the state of Alabama, but all applicants will be considered.

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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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