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.

Watch the WAI Scholarship Video to learn more.

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

This scholarship is established in honor of Major General (Ret.) William Russell Cotney in recognition of his 40 years of meritorious service to his country in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard and in honor of his daughter, Lauren Cotney, who following in her father’s footsteps, is distinguishing herself as a Pilot for Delta Air Lines and in her service to her country as a member of the Air National Guard.

Estimated Value: 
$3,900
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The ATP CTP course is a prerequisite for the FAA's highest certificate. This training program will impart conceptual knowledge through academics and consolidate that knowledge through training in Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). The course bridges the knowledge gap between a pilot who holds a private pilot certificate and a pilot operating in an air carrier environment. This program meets the requirements of FAR §61.156. Successful completion of our FAA-Approved course makes you eligible to take the ATP Multi-Engine (ATM) knowledge test, which you may take at any testing center.

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

Sporty’s Foundation is offering one Recreational or Sport Pilot flight training scholarship to a small aircraft maintenance technician.  The award money is not intended for use in achieving any other certificate, rating or endorsement.  Award money is to be used for flight training costs only.  Award recipient must plan to pursue a Recreational or Sport Pilot certificate within six months of receiving the scholarship.  Award money will be sent to recipient’s employer or flight school for disbursement and will require two endorsements for deposit.  Award recipient will also receive a copy of

Estimated Value: 
$15,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
6
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Southwest Airlines® is excited to award 6 scholarships to selected Women in Aviation members who; hold a valid ATP, a minimum of Third Class Medical and able to hold a First Class Medical. Experience a day in the life of a First Officer in training! Attend a new hire Pilot dinner featuring networking opportunities and inspirational speakers and complete Southwest’s First Officer Leadership Certification course. Tour our Campus including our brand-new state of the art Pilot training facility, the LEAD center.

General Scholarships

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

A woman under the age of 40 pursuing any form of aviation education in any capacity.  Have a clearly defined career path in your specific field. Must be passionate and enthusiastic about aviation but has undergone hardship (which may be physical, emotional, or financial) and has been resilient to bounce back in the last three years. GPA does not and should not matter as long as you have a GPA that is on target with their academic institutions program requirements.

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

Aero Femme is a non-profit organization and scholarship fund that provides aviation scholarships.  One $500 scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing any type of aviation interest.  Our mission is to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation.  Aero Femme continues to educate women of all ages about all aspects of aviation with their youth and adult outreach programs across the nation.  The requirements for this scholarship includes meeting all WAI scholarship requirements, you must be a U.S.

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

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at the college level of sophomore year or above who is pursuing a degree in an aviation-related field, who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and who exhibits leadership potential. In addition to WAI requirements all applicants should submit a 500-word essay which addresses their career aspirations and clear, concise examples of how they have exhibited leadership in their academic/work/personal life.

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

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.

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

In honor of their service to our country, American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a military veteran or current service member who is pursing aviation/aeronautical education or training. This award will be paid directly to the accredited flight school, institution or college. Candidates will be evaluated on achievements, teamwork, leadership skills, motivation and community service involvement. Please submit application according to WAI scholarship guidelines.

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

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) offers a $1500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark.

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