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 $875,500 (156 individual scholarships) was awarded in 2019, bringing 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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Thanks to an anonymous donation, WAI is pleased to award $73,000 in additional scholarships in June 2019. Congratulations to the following winners:

WAI Instrument Certificate Scholarship $5,000 each

Melissa Diaz Cooper, Kailua, Hawaii

Shana Bartell, Cedar City, Utah

Maria Hall, Kerrville, Texas

WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship $3,000 each

Lauren Lynn Sherrick, Racine, Wisconsin

Sarah Corbin, Anchorage, Alaska

WAI CFII Rating Scholarship $5,000 each

Trimbi M. Szabo, Broomfield, Colorado

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship $3,000 each

Morgan M. Gillespie, Prescott, Arizona

Gabrielle F. Palmas, Phoenix, Arizona

Theodore W. Johnson, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Meira Leonard, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship $5,000 each

Erin Walling, Beavercreek, Ohio

Jodie A. Gawthrop, Westfield, Indiana

WAI Private Pilot Scholarship $5,000 each

Madison Coutu, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kourtnie A. Robin, Slidell, Louisiana

Rachel A. Obajtek, Tehachapi, California

Aurora E. Enriquez, Bozeman, Montana

Morgan D. Sandstrom, Centerville, Ohio

 

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

This scholarship honors the legacy of Captain Sara Knutson Cullen, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army who perished on the same day as Val in Afghanistan. Her family shares that Sara was smart, funny, and driven to succeed. She had a strong faith and positively impacted those around her through her wit, kindness, and joyfulness. This scholarship is open to a female WAI member from any country, 18 years of age or older. It will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private helicopter (rotary wing) pilot license.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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 t​wo​ scholarships up to $5000 to women working to acquire a​ Certified Flight Instructor​ ​(​CFI​) ​, ​ Certified Flight Instructor Instrument​ ​(​CFII​), Multi Engine Instructor​ ​(​MEI​), Initial Flight Training Instructor (FIR), Multi Engine Training Approval (META), or Air Transport Pilot License (ATP or ATPL) certificate.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

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

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 license (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: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

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 two B737 or A320 type ratings valued at $10,000 USD each. The successful candidates will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami or Denver. 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.

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: 
$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.

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.

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