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 $948,500 of scholarship funds were awarded in 2019, including an additional $73,000 in June from an anonymous contributor. This brings 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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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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Flight Training Scholarships

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

The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. In 2019 we widened the scholarship to all international applicants. One U.S. $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working on an instrument, commercial, multi-engine or flight instructor certificate. Candidates must hold a private pilot certificate and have 100 hours flight time.

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

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

American Airlines will award a $5K educational scholarship to a qualified member of Women in Aviation. To be eligible for the American Airlines scholarship, the following items are required: High school diploma, willingness to develop skills that will lead to a career as a professional airline pilot, be at least 18 years of age at the date of application, have enrolled in a private pilot ground school course or have logged flight time with a certified flight instructor. Funds may be used for: Flight training such as private pilot, instrument, multi-engine, commercial, instructor, or ATP. 

Estimated Value: 
$45,700
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

CAE, your worldwide training Partner of choice and Bombardier Aerospace Service Center network are proud to award this a Scholarship for a LR75 type-rating course to Women in Aviation International.  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, be a holder of a Private Pilot Certificate with Multi Engine and Instrument-Airplane Rating. The course last 16 days and will be conducted in Dallas, Texas.  The scholarship winne

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

One $2,500 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 grade point average of 3.0. 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: 
$3,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The WAI San Diego Chapter will award a $3,000 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a career in aviation. The award will be used to support flight training towards a private, instrument or commercial rating. The winner will also receive a trip to the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference (including round trip airfare, conference registration fee, and hotel accommodations). The winner will decide how much money is allocated to flight training and to conference expenses. Applicants must be a legal U.S.

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

A female pilot will receive $5,000 of financial assistance in achieving an initial flight instructor certificate or a new rating on her flight instructor certificate, as well as lifetime access to the entire King Schools online course library of more than 85 courses. Martha and John King are co-chairmen of King Schools, the largest provider of online training for pilots from student through professional.

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

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  The Anne Bridge Baddour Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a female pilot with the following accomplishments: Must be a U. S. citizen, a burning desire to become a professional pilot, have at least a Private Pilot Certificate with 150 hrs. flying time, be on track towards the ATP. This award will be used to further her aims toward and/or Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating or ATP.

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

Republic Airways will award a $5000 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. Requirements: Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and have received a Conditional Offer of Employment through the RJet Cadet or Pilot Prep program. To learn more information about our programs, click here.

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