AOPA Student Pilot Scholarship

Scholarship Description

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate.

The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training.

If the applicant is a full-time student enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university, she/he must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).

In addition to the essay outlined in the WAI scholarship requirements, the applicant must include a separate 300-word essay expressing her thoughts on general aviation’s role in supporting the nation and local communities. The applicant must also have obtained a student pilot certificate by the scholarship application deadline and provide a copy of the certificate.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Funds will be paid directly to the recipient and must be used within one year of the award.

Submission Requirements:

Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements.

For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information:

Official WAI application form
Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies)
Typed, descriptive 500-word essay
Professional résumé
Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: 1

Min Award:

Max Award: 3,000

Deadline: 2022-12-31


Sponsoring Organization Women in Aviation, International
WAI Scholarships 3647 State Route 503 South
West Alexandria, OH 45381

Contact Person: Donna Wallace

Phone: 937-839-4647

Fax: 937-839-4645