Please see below is a list of Women in Aviation Scholarships for 2022 which most applicants from Africa qualify for. Reminder, deadline is early October 2021. To apply, one needs to be a WAI Member, please visit http://www.wai.org
Bonita Jean Olson Memorial Scholarship ($3,000 value)
In addition to all WAI requirements, the applicant shall be pursuing higher education toward a STEM career with plans to enter a career in aviation or aerospace. The applicant must be enrolled (or committed to attending) an accredited institution (includes two- and four-year colleges, technical institutes, and certificate programs), and have experience volunteering in STEM or aviation-related events and/or WAI activities in the previous year. In your WAI application essay, include detailed explanations of your career plans, goals, and volunteer experiences.
Yukiko Howell Memorial STEM Scholarship ($1,500 value)
The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1,500 scholarship for STEM education in memory of Yukiko Howell. Yukiko taught math, science, and Japanese language for many years at Annie Wright School, a private school in Tacoma, Washington, and was an active chapter volunteer. STEM careers include but are not limited to science, engineering, air traffic controller, avionics technician, dispatch certification, aircraft mechanic, meteorologist, and STEM educator.
2022 Aircraft Dispatch Academy Dispatch Certificate Scholarship ($4,250 value)
The Aircraft Dispatch Academy of St. George, Utah, is offering a scholarship to earn his or her aircraft dispatcher FAA 121 certificate. The scholarship will cover instruction and training required to take the aircraft dispatch written test and checkride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all written and oral examination fees.
2022 Airline Dispatchers Federation & Academy College Dispatch Scholarship ($5,990 value)
The Airline Dispatchers Federation in conjunction with Academy College of Bloomington, Minnesota, is offering a scholarship for the recipient to earn his or her aircraft dispatcher FAA 121 certificate. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, instruction, and training required to take the aircraft dispatch written test and checkride with an FAA 121 examiner for certification. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all written and oral examination fees. The awarded applicant must schedule and complete his or her training with Academy College prior to December 31, 2023, or scholarship will be voided.
Alaska Floats & Skis Float Rating Scholarship ($3,500 value)
This scholarship is for a standard float rating package including six hours of flight time, five hours of ground instruction, lodging for three nights in a lakefront lodge, and a one-hour Alaska survival class. The checkride is also included for the scholarship recipient. Travel is not included. Timeframe for completing the training is dependent upon availability at Alaska Floats & Skis, but most likely mid-September
American Airlines $5K Flight Educational Scholarship (FOUR OFFERED—each $5,000 value) American Airlines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a WAI member with an interest in becoming a professional airline pilot. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the date of application and have enrolled in a private pilot ground school course, or have logged flight time with a certificated flight instructor.
Boeing Flight Training Scholarship ($5,000 value)
Boeing’s commitment to general aviation includes a pilot flight training scholarship for an individual working toward a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training is to be completed within one year.
Bunny M. Connors Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 value)
In memory of Bunny M. Connors, a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts, area, who later chose to pursue her lifelong dream of flying. She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students. Bunny went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways. The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private pilot certificate or instrument rating. Flight training must be completed in 12 months of receiving scholarship.
CAE 2022 Citation Bravo Type-Rating Scholarship ($18,000 value)
CAE will award one pilot in command (PIC) type rating to a WAI member. Upon successful completion of the pilot initial training course, the recipient will earn a PIC type rating in the appropriate aircraft program including Cessna Citation Sovereign (CE-680 type designation) in New Jersey; Cessna Citation Bravo or Ultra (CE-500 type designation) in Dallas; Beechcraft King Air 350i (BE-300 type designation) in Dallas.
Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship ($2,500 value)
WAI, in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing of Nipomo, California, offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32 and was never able to complete her flight training. This scholarship is open to girls and women ages 16-30 who have soloed within the last six months preceding applying for this scholarship and are working toward their recreational, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate. Additional one- to two-page essay required.
Dare to Dream Scholarship (THREE OFFERED—each $3,000 value)
A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multiengine rating or commercial or CFI certificate. The applicant must have a private pilot certificate, and will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations, and dedication, as well as contributions to her community. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with the applicant. FAA Class 1-3 medicals will still be required and preferred, Basic Med will be considered. One or the other is required.
Diane Ballweg Scholarship ($500 value)
SUBMIT MAILED APPLICATION ONLY This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 years old who wants to learn to fly or who already has a private, sport, or recreational certificate and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating (instrument, commercial, or other). The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient’s account. Official WAI application form can be downloaded and printed at www.WAI.org/scholarships.
Keep Flying Scholarship 2022—International (US$3,000 value)
The Keep Flying Scholarship was created after 9/11 to offer an intermediate level flight scholarship. This scholarship is open to applicants worldwide (see note for exclusions). One US$3,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working on a fixed-wing aircraft instrument, commercial, multiengine, or flight instructor certificate. Candidates must hold a private pilot certificate and have 100 hours of flight time. In addition, they must have passed all written exams for the certificate sought that are required by the aviation authority in their country. In your essay tell how the funds will be used, your goals, and any relevant information. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you
Kelsey A. Meyer Memorial Scholarship ($2,500 value)
One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a female student at college level of sophomore year or above currently enrolled in an aviation/professional flight degree program at an accredited university and who has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0. All scholarship funds must be used for educational and flight-related expenses.
The ISA+21 Airline Type Rating Scholarships 2022 (TWO OFFERED—each $10,000 value)
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in airline flight decks worldwide. ISA+21 will award two type ratings (B737 or A320) valued at $10,000 each. The successful candidate will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami or Denver. Funds will be paid directly to FTI and training must be completed within 18 months. Finalists will be interviewed at the WAI2022 Annual Conference, and winners will be notified after the conference.
The ISA+21 Financial Scholarship 2022 (TWO OFFERED—each $5,000 value)
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. These scholarships will be awarded to two women with a current FAA medical and working to acquire a certificated flight instructor, certificated flight instructor instrument, multiengine instructor, initial flight training instructor, multiengine training approval, airline transport certificate (ATP or ATPL). Funds will be paid directly to an accredited college or university with an aviation curriculum, an aviation technical school, or a government-approved flight school. Training must be completed within one year of the award.
The ISA+21 Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarship 2022 (TWO OFFERED—each $5,000 value)
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of a young woman who was well on her way to achieve her dream of becoming an airline pilot when she lost her life in an airplane accident. The funds for this scholarship are generously donated by the Francesca Norris Memorial Fund and the US Aviation Academy. The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) will award two $5,000 scholarships (one of those is co-sponsored by the US Aviation Academy) to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII, or MEI rating, in honor of Francesca’s memory. The recipient of the ISA+21/ USAA Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarship will attend US Aviation Academy at Denton, Texas, for her training. For more information on the ISA+21 scholarships, visit www.ISWAP.org
WINGS FOR VAL FOUNDATION (W4V) SCHOLARSHIPS
The Wings for Val Foundation, http://www.WingsForVal.org, honors the legacy of Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986–March 11, 2013), through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders.
2022 W4V Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship ($5,000 value)
This scholarship honors Lt. Delaney’s memory and 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 fixed-wing pilot certificate. Applicants are encouraged to research Val and draw similarities to her in the written essay. FAA Class 1-3 medicals are preferred; basic medical will be considered.
2022 W4V Drone Training & Photography Scholarship ($5,000 value)
Wings for Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide a drone training scholarship for a woman looking to get started in the drone industry. This scholarship includes the DARTdrones ultimate Professional Drone Pilot Package. With this package, you also get a full day of in-person drone pilot training with an expert flight instructor and access to multiple online courses. Upon FAA certification, the scholarship recipient will receive a state-of-the-art drone with 4K camera.
Piedmont Airlines Flight Attendant Training Scholarship ($5,000 value)
This scholarship is available to any flight attendant who wishes to further his or her career with flight training to become a pilot. Scholarship recipients may use this scholarship to put toward funding flight training including ground school, in aircraft training, aircraft rental, instructor fees, or course materials
Republic Airways Opportunity Elevated Scholarship ($5,000 value)
Republic Airways will award a $5,000 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Applicant will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship.
Russ Cotney and Lauren Cotney Professional Airline Pilot Career Scholarship ($2,500 value)
This scholarship is established in honor of retired Maj. Gen. William Russell Cotney and his daughter, Lauren Cotney, who, following in her father’s footsteps, is distinguishing herself as a pilot for Delta Air Lines and a member of the Air National Guard. Successful applicants must be women pursuing a professional airline pilot career as a junior, senior, or graduate-level student enrolled in an accredited college or university aviation, engineering, or aeronautical science program. Preference will be given to veterans, current service members, or daughters of veterans or current service members (proof required).
Sporty’s Foundation Flight Training Scholarship for WAI Chapter Member ($5,000 value)
Sporty’s Foundation is offering one recreational or sport pilot flight training scholarship to a WAI chapter member who works with youth to help them pursue their aviation dreams. Special consideration will be given to Girls in Aviation Day volunteers. Scholarship funds are to be used for flight training costs only and must be used within one year of receiving the scholarship. Award money will be sent to recipient’s flight school for disbursement. The scholarship winner will also receive a copy of the complete Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.
Sun Country Airlines ‘Fly in a New Direction’ Scholarship ($5,000 value)
This scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is currently pursuing a career as a commercial pilot and expresses financial need. In addition to WAI requirements the applicant must be a woman pursuing a career change to a professional commercial pilot; hold a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating; be in pursuit of an advanced pilot certificate or rating. (Additional 200-word essay is required.)
Airbus Leadership Grant ($5,000 value)
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, has achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and who exhibits leadership potential. In addition to WAI requirements, all applicants should submit a 500-word essay addressing their career aspirations and clear, concise examples of how they have exhibited leadership in their academic/work/personal lives.
Women in Aviation International Achievement Award—Student ($1,500 value)
One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation-related career. Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals.
Women in Aviation International Achievement Award —Individual ($1,500 value)
One scholarship will be awarded to an individual member, 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.
The Daniel Widdows Memorial Scholarship ($3,000 value)
The Widdows family is offering a $3,000 scholarship to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Capt. Daniel Widdows, who distinguished himself as a pilot for Southern Air Cargo as a captain, instructor, and check airman, as well as helping to establish the Southern Air Boeing 777 program. He was a leader who believed in living life to the fullest and will be remembered as a mentor to many, giving of himself and his time to help fellow aviators as they pursued their dreams. To continue Dan’s legacy, and to pay homage to his place of birth, we would like to help further the education of a deserving individual. Preference will be given to a candidate from Zimbabwe, but all applicants from continental Africa will be considered based upon character, need, community involvement, and accomplishments. The ideal candidate will embody the qualities that Dan exemplified, and as he began his professional career as an aircraft maintenance technician, this scholarship will go to a WAI member looking to further his or her aviation career in one or both of the following areas: flight training (any phase) and/or aviation maintenance.
Skyway Center Aviatrix Scholarship ($5,000 value)
The Skyway Center at San Carlos (KSQL) has launched its annual scholarship to promote and help fund the chosen career path of the next generation of aviatrix. SCAS is a $5,000 commitment by Skyway Center at San Carlos. Applicant must be an aspiring pilot, mechanic, or an existing pilot or mechanic seeking additional ratings. Funds will be paid directly to her flight school or A&P school of choice, and training must be completed within one year
New Horizons Scholarship ($1,500 value)
This scholarship will be provided to a woman who has recently gone through a difficult situation or setback in life such as the loss of a loved one, health issues, a separation, financial hardship, or something alike who can use some support and a positive outlook to get back on her feet and reach “New Horizons.” The scholarship can be used on any type of aviation interest. Applicant should include in her essay why she should be awarded this scholarship, financial need, aviation-related goals or dreams, and how, where, and when she plans to use the scholarship if awarded, as well as how this scholarship will aid with her goal and life.
It’s About Time Scholarship ($5,000 value)
The It’s About Time Scholarship is overseen by Abingdon Foundation and awards a full registration to the WAI2022 conference, round-trip airfare, and room and board to a woman aged 18 or older. Along with access to keynote speakers, workshops, and multiple networking opportunities, we will introduce the winner to key people in the industry who can share their experiences. Applicants are not required to be experienced in the aviation industry. The goal is to invite someone to see all of the different avenues of aviation—both flying and nonflying. The applicant chooses the format for her application, but it must be of some contribution to Abingdon Foundation so that we may be of better service to others. We are looking for passion and contribution. Multiple submissions are allowed.
Janet Clark Memorial Scholarship ($1,500 value)
The WAI Washington State Chapter offers a $1,500 scholarship in memory of Janet Clark, a strong advocate for aviation education who worked for the FAA as an airworthiness aviation safety inspector, maintenance division, and was a member of the Washington State Chapter. The applicant must be working toward a career in aviation, be enrolled in an accredited aviationrelated program, have experience volunteering in WAI events and/or aviation-related events in the previous year, and detail explanations of his or her career plans, goals, and volunteer experiences in the essay.