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Scholarship Overview - Criteria & Benefits

We award scholarships through Women in Aviation International (WAI) to young women pursuing ambitious aviation careers as a way to carry on the legacies of LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney and CPT Sara Knutson Cullen (new in 2018!). From a highly competitive pool of applicants, we select scholars who embody many of the same characteristics as Val, Sara and other strong, fearless females in the military aviation community. Importantly, we look for candidates with a passion for flying AND for serving others in their own communities. The funds go directly to the winner’s flight school, and we also provide travel assistance to attend the WAI conference in March, accept the award in person, and take advantage of all the conference benefits. More than just the funding, our scholars gain a supportive network among fellow recipients, our family foundation, and other female aviators to encourage them along their journeys. They add to the collective strength of all female aviators and help inspire future generations of women in aviation and young leaders in any field.  Read more details about this year’s scholarship offerings below. 

2018 Scholarships Available

Deadline to apply is November 13, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified in January and the official awards will be presented at the WAI Conference in March. For questions, please contact Doreen Cappelaere at doreen@wingsforval.org

LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private fixed wing pilot license
CPT Sara Knutson Cullen Memorial Scholarship
New in 2018, this $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private helicopter pilot license.