Women in Aviation International Partners with Universities Around the World to Offer Scholarships

Posted By: Kelly Murphy 2023 Press Releases,

March 31, 2023 – Women in Aviation International (WAI) has established a new international scholarship program benefitting its members who are studying for aviation and aerospace degrees at universities in seven different countries. At the top 100 airline groups worldwide, women currently hold only 10% of the C-suite roles and makeup only 3% of airline CEOs, according to the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board report. The goal of these WAI international scholarships is to help more women attain leadership positions and have an impact on the global aviation and aerospace industry.  
“WAI is partnering with select universities around the world to provide tuition assistance to our members who are studying for advanced degrees in aviation and aerospace,” said Allison McKay, WAI CEO.  “A university education is a key component of leadership success, and WAI is dedicated to helping more women all across the world reach the C-suite.”

The universities were chosen because of their strong reputation in their country and region, their exceptional aviation and aerospace studies programs, and their dedication to WAI’s mission to encourage and advance women in all aviation and aerospace career fields and interests. The universities chosen to receive scholarship funds include:

  1. Leiden University International Institute of Air and Space Law, The Netherlands
  2. University of New South Wales, Australia
  3. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia, Singapore
  4. Fanshawe College Norton Wolf School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology, Canada
  5. Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, France
  6. University of Limerick, Ireland
  7. University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

The universities, all corporate members of WAI, will administer the funds and select scholarship recipients from among their enrolled students who are also WAI members. Interested members should contact the Financial Aid department at their participating university to determine application requirements, deadlines, and further details.
Funding support to establish the new international scholarship program was provided to WAI by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.