Women Aviation International Announces New Mid-Year Scholarships Totaling $73,000

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2019 issue

Through a donor who wishes to be anonymous, Women Aviation International (WAI) has awarded an additional $73,000 in 17 individual scholarships to be put toward flight and aviation maintenance training. These scholarship recipients are:

WAI Private Pilot Scholarship ($5,000 each): Madison Coutu, Toronto, Ontario; Kourtnie A. Robin, Slidell, Louisiana; Rachel A. Obajtek, Tehachapi, California; Aurora E. Enriquez, Bozeman, Montana; and Morgan D. Sandstrom, Centerville, Ohio.

WAI Instrument Certificate Scholarship ($5,000 each): Melissa Diaz Cooper, Kailua, Hawaii; Shana Bartell, Cedar City, Utah; and Maria Hall, Kerrville, Texas.

WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship ($3,000 each): Lauren Lynn Sherrick, Racine, Wisconsin; and Sarah Corbin, Anchorage, Alaska.

WAI CFII Rating Scholarship ($5,000): Trimbi M. Szabo, Broomfield, Colorado.

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship ($3,000 each): Morgan M. Gillespie, Prescott, Arizona; Gabrielle F. Palmas, Phoenix, Arizona; Theodore W. Johnson, Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Meira Leonard, Honolulu, Hawaii.

WAI Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship ($5,000 each): Erin Walling, Beavercreek, Ohio; and Jodie A. Gawthrop, Westfield, Indiana.

“As always, we’re grateful to the generous companies and individuals who participate by their contributions to our scholarship program,” says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “These donors literally change the lives of our members and help guide them on a clear path to a career in aviation.”

Scholarships that will be awarded at the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference to be held March 5-7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, are posted at wai.org/scholarships.

WAI’s International Girls in Aviation Day will be held by the WAI Chapter Network and Corporate Members, Saturday, October 5, 2019.

The 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held March 5-7, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization 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. For more information about WAI, call (937) 839-4647 (wai.org).

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