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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General Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2019

One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation related career.  A second scholarship will be awarded to an individual, not required to be a student, pursuing any type of aviation interest.  Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals. 

Estimated Value: 
$2,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is offering the Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship funded by its members and sponsors, to any person pursuing professional development or career advancement in any job classification of corporate and/or business aviation.  The award must be used toward a specific program of education.  Suggested uses include flight training, dispatcher training, maintenance training, corporate flight attendant training and leadership training (i.e.

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

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: 
2019

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

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: 
$3,500 each
Available Scholarships: 
8
Scholarship Year: 
2019

You must be an U.S. citizen or have a current visa to the US to apply.  Training will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Lodging and travel expenses are not included.  This is for applicants looking to become corporate flight attendants only.  Our training is in compliance with rules and regulations of the FAA Part 91, 125 and 135 and is accepted worldwide.  Scholarship must be used within a year of the award.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2019

"Women in Aviation International (WAI) in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing (Nipomo, CA), 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 and was never able to complete her flight training.  Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot.

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