Aviation Scholarships; Just $39 Opens the Door

By Robert Mark on September 13th, 2007

One of the really annoying problems inherent in writing books like my recently published McGraw Hill volume – a Professional Pilot Career Guide – designed to answer every imaginable question about landing the best flying job since I knew you’d be wondering, is that right after the book hits the street, you realize there is some unbelievably important aspect of the job hunt that was left out. 

So it is with my book and a mention of Women in Aviation International’s scholarship program. Lucky for me, I mentioned WAI in the book at least. Since I’m a WAI member too, I might be OK this time.

Here’s one great flight training opportunity that grabbed my eye, a chance to compete for a Boeing 737 scholarship and a job with Southwest Airlines, one of the few carriers I’ve flown on lately where the people still seem to enjoy working for the airlines. But I digress. This is just one of many scholarship possibilities you’ll find through WAI.

The only requirement to toss your hat in the ring for a chance at this 737 opportunity is to hand over 39 of your hard-earned dollars to become a member of WAI. Honestly, other than AOPA, I can’t think of a group that gives you as much for 39 bucks.

And in case you’re wondering, WAI membership is open to women AND men. Having attended the WAI conference, I can also tell you that men in our profession could learn a thing or two from the way the ladies network throughout the industry.

At last count, there were 24 scholarship programs open through WAI although not all are flight stipends.

Here’s a glimpse at the Southwest Airlines scholarship …

“Southwest Airlines is proud to announce that we will award two scholarships for Boeing-737 type ratings. The scholarships are available to WAI members only who meet our minimum criteria (as described in this listing). The winners will be announced at the convention in San Diego, and training will be held in Dallas, Texas.

Scholarship winners must be available for potential employment by Southwest Airlines within one year of successful completion of the B-737 type rating class and additional re- view board.

To obtain an application go to www.southwest. com and click on “Careers”, scroll down to the “What’s new section” and click on the Women in Aviation link. All scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2007.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Flight experience
*U.S. FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
*Must be at least 23 years of age, at time of hire.
2500 hours total or 1500 turbine total, including a minimum of 1000 hours in turbine aircraft as the Pilot in Command, as defined by FAR Part I. Recency of experience is considered.
*Southwest considers only Pilot time in fixed wing aircraft.”

Other scholarship specifics can be found at the WAI website.

You can’t win if you don’t compete. Go for it!

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4 Responses to “Aviation Scholarships; Just $39 Opens the Door”

  1. Norman Rhodes Says:

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    Something else that crosses the Atlantic and echos World wide.

    Not surprising really when you look at your crew on the bus. The girls are either on the phone talking to their mates or gassing and cackling with each other. The guys? wondering if they will need to mow the lawn when they get back or thinking about what’s for dinner…

  2. Scholarships Says:

    It doesn’t matter. Jobs like these don’t need that much brain-power. You just have to be alert and right thinking. Plus the looks does matter, it gives a nice aura around.

  3. College Says:

    This is a excellent post:
    You can find women aviation scholarships at http://www.freetoapply.com/resources/women.html

  4. DragoneMoby Says:

    Sorry for my saying this but I never knew that women can be pilot to…:)…

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