Women in Aviation scholarships top half-million-dollar mark

Women in Aviation, International reports that scholarships for 2015 now number 91 with a combined value of $510,150.

The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s 26th Annual International Conference in Dallas, Texas, held March 5-7 at the Hilton Anatole.


“The variety of scholarships and the variety of donors is huge,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “From major aerospace corporations and airlines to WAI chapters and WAI members, we offer scholarships ranging from type ratings to initial training, for academic work, dispatcher training, maintenance training to money to finance a mid-life career change to aviation. The only universal qualification is that you must be a current WAI member to apply.”

New scholarships for 2015 include:

  • Boeing 737-NG Type Rating Certificate Scholarship: The Boeing Company will award one B737-NG type rating certificate to a qualified recipient.
  • Disabled Pilot International Scholarship: This scholarship is sponsored by a team including disabled pilots and is open to a deserving person, female or male, aged 18 or older wanting to obtain a Sport Pilot or Private Pilot Certificate.
  • Europe-American Aviation Garmin G1000 Transition Course: Europe-American Aviation is awarding a scholarship for a Garmin G1000 transition course in a Diamond DA40XL single-engine aircraft.
  • Virginia Volk Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is intended to celebrate Virginia Volk who dedicated 30 years of faithful service to the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller. She championed the professional growth and presence of women in the federal aviation workforce and supported women in all aspects of aviation.

In order to qualify for any WAI scholarship, the person must be an active WAI member as of Nov. 1, 2014. All scholarship applications must be postmarked by Nov. 17, 2014. Complete details on all scholarships ,as well as an application form and advice are available at WAI.org.

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