Women In Aviation 2011 Scholarships Total Nearly $700,000


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Women In Aviation 2011 Scholarships Total Nearly $700,000

By Shane Nolan

March 13, 2011 - A total of 76 scholarships valued at $691,750 were distributed to WAI members at every stage of life from university students to mature members seeking a career change to aviation. These scholarships were awarded during the 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference held recently in Reno. 

The scholarship total includes not only cash for academic study, but scholarships for technical training, flight training scholarships for licenses, ratings and type ratings as well as cash awards for specialized aviation activities, including recreational flying. 

"WAI's scholarship program is the foundation of our activities," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Since our very first scholarship, we have provided $7.4 million to our members." 

Both women and men qualify for Women in Aviation, International scholarships. In addition to the specific requirements of each scholarship, the only qualification to apply for a scholarship is that you must be an active WAI member. "The diversity of the WAI scholarships represents the diversity of our membership. We have a scholarship to match whatever stage in their careers our members may be," added Dr. Chabrian. 

"In flight training alone, we have a scholarship for a recreational pilot's certificate through an airline appropriate type rating. Additional scholarships are offered in the fields of maintenance, engineering and management." Scholarships available for 2012 will be posted at WAI website in mid-July 2011. These scholarships will be awarded during the 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, from March 8-10, 2012.  

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for both women and men who strive for careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. It provides resources for its membership, which includes astronauts, pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, educators, students, air show performers, airport managers, business owners, and many others.

Women in Aviation, International began in 1990 as the Women in Aviation Conference held in Prescott, Arizona. Due to the success of this annual conference, the organization was incorporated in 1994. As the founder of the Women in Aviation Conference, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was named the first full-time President & CEO of the organization in 1996 by its Board of Directors.

The Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992. Its purpose is to honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators in the aviation and aerospace industries. WAI solicits nominations from throughout the aviation industry each year for the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame.

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