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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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

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

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 certificate (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: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The scholarship may be used for instrument, commercial, multi-engine, seaplane, tailwheel, or CFI trainingIn addition to WAI requirements you must hold a private pilot certificate, hold at least a third class medical or BasicMed.  Must have one letter of recommendation from someone who has flown with you and be an active member of the LIFT Facebook Page.  Ladies in Flight Training—LIFT is a Facebook page dedicated to the positive encouragement and support of women in all phases of flight training.

General Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$2,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

The Boeing Company will award a scholarship to a woman who wishes to advance her career in the aerospace industry in the fields of engineering, technology development or management.  The award is to be used for educational purposes only and may not be applied toward flight hours.  Applicants may be full-time or part-time employees currently in the aerospace industry or a related field.  Also eligible are students pursuing aviation and aerospace-related degrees that are at the sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

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

In 2005 the Chuck Yeager Foundation established a scholarship to assist those who may not otherwise be able to become involved in aviation.  This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving WAI member who has applied for other WAI scholarships and who has unique circumstances that impede their ability to advance their aviation plans.  The recipient of this scholarship will be selected from the applications submitted for other scholarships.  The selection will be based on information submitted in the scholarship application.  No separate application is required.

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

Elisha Hall (WAI #2335) represented herself as a dedicated and passionate aviation professional.  She was a leader, an explorer, and lived life to its fullest.  She set both her sights, and her standards, high.  To celebrate her life and accomplishments, WAI's The Wright Chapter, is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a woman who embodies the qualities that Elisha so splendidly exemplified, and is seeking to further her aviation career in one or more of the following areas:  Flight Training (any phase), aircraft scheduling or dispatch, aviation management, aviation maintenance or avionics.  Pr

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

The “It's About Time Scholarship” is overseen by Abingdon Foundation each year and awards a full registration to the International Women in Aviation Conference, round-trip airfare, and room and board during the conference to a woman 18 years or older.  Along with access to seminars and multiple networking opportunities, we will introduce the winner to key people in aviation who will share their experiences. Applicants are not required to be pilots or in the aviation industry.

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

The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

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

The Wings for Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide one drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry.The scholarship includes the DARTdrones Drone Entrepreneur Training Package, which consists of a full day in-person Part 107 Test Prep training, a full day hands-on flight training with a professional manned and unmanned pilot, six-month access to online Part 107 Test Prep course and 14 new safety micro courses, and a

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

"The WAI Atlanta Gone with the Wind Chapter is offering a scholarship to aid an individual with the pursuit of their aviation dream.

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

Since August 29, 2016, most pilots operating a small UAS for non-recreational purposes must either hold a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS Rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a Remote Pilot Certificate (the remote Pilot in Command).  To qualify for a Remote Pilot Certificate, you must:  1) Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-Approved Knowledge Testing Center OR If you already hold an FAA Part 61 Pilot Certificate (other than Student Pilot) 2) Have a successful Flight Review endorsed within the previous 24 months 3) Comp

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