Tools For Aircraft Maintenance (TAM) Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The TAM Scholarship was created after sponsor Carolyn Burton (American Airlines mechanic) identified a need in providing tools to a female student starting out in aircraft maintenance. Carolyn, and co-sponsors Kimberley Lowe and Janet Patton, both American Airlines pilots, will offer one scholarship for $2,500 worth of tools. In addition, Snap-On Industrial is generously contributing an aviation starter tool kit with a value of $2,500. This scholarship is specifically for the purchase of tools to a currently enrolled full-time female student starting out in maintenance training for airframe and powerplant certificates. This scholarship is not applied toward education costs. It is for tools only. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Finalists will be interviewed and must attend the International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, at the finalists’ own expense.

In your essay please tell us your goals, experience in aviation, and why you are choosing maintenance as your career. We are looking for those showing, passion, teamwork, inspiration, challenges in life, and strong characteristics such as leadership qualities, community involvement, and/or volunteer work, and academic standing. Include two one-page recent recommendation letters. One letter should be from someone who has worked directly with you in the field, noting teamwork and aptitude, and mentioning a specific task that impressed the reference. Additionally, proof of school attendance must be provided and grades to date. Also provide grades from former academic facilities attended prior to starting out in maintenance.

The scholarship funds will be paid directly to Snap-On Industrial once your tools have been selected.

(Scholarship value $5,000)

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,


Num Awards: 1

Min Award:

Max Award: 5,000

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