Dr. Peggy Chabrian founded Women in Aviation, International (WAI). Today she is President of the non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Prior to this she was Dean of Students at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Arizona Campus.
On 31st October, WAI announced that it now has 100 scholarships on offer for 2015, its largest pre-conference number ever, with a combined value of $570,940. The scholarships will be awarded at WAI’s 26th Annual International Conference at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, to be held between March 5th – 7th 2015.
Women in Aviation scholarships: Diversity included
If you were to look at the roster of these 100 scholarships, you would see the diversity included. We have a variety of donors from individuals to multi-national corporations; from flight or engineering to management or maintenance and more. We have a wide range of values as well as a mixture of purposes; from ultra practical typeratings to a scholarship to pursue any aviation dream.
When we started disbursing scholarships in 1995 we awarded $1,000 with funds raised by WAI members. In 1996 Northwest Airlines provided our first large scholarship, which was a type rating. We owe them a big thanks for this initial offering which launched our scholarship programme and their support of WAI over the years. We can offer financial support to career pilots, students, dispatchers, maintenance personnel, flight attendants, engineers and people who fly for fun.
Not just for students
The important thing to remember about WAI scholarships is that they are not just for students. We have something to offer members at all stages of their careers. WAI scholarships change lives; we’ve seen that countless times.
There is still time to apply for these 2015 scholarships, including 11 all-new scholarships for 2015. The deadline for applications is a postmark of 17th November 2014. The only universal qualification is that you must be a current WAI member to apply. Complete details on all scholarships as well as an application form and guidelines are available at www.wai.org