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Women's aviation institute announces scholarshipsWomen's aviation institute announces scholarships

The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) announced $14,000 in scholarships, trophies, and prizes will be part of the group’s annual celebration of women and aviation. According to a Dec. 4 news release, women who take a discovery flight during the 2017 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week March 6 through 12, 2017, and continue their flight training to “become the first to solo” will win iWOAW’s First to Solo Challenge scholarship.

The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide announced scholarships, trophies, and prizes will be part of the association’s annual celebration of women and aviation March 6-12, 2017. The 2016 trophy winners shown here hailed from Canada, Turkey, and the United States. Photo courtesy of iWOAW.

According to the institute’s website, additional scholarships may be awarded to female pilots “in the order in which candidates solo,” with a maximum individual value of $2,632 each ($3,500 Canadian).

A variety of aviation activities may qualify for prizes, including visits to air and space facilities or museums, flight school events, or initial discovery flights. The news release announcing the incentives indicated trophies would be “awarded to the most productive or effective communities and individuals who organize or participate in official events.”

The week of aviation activity corresponds with the March 8, 1910, anniversary of the world’s first pilot certificate issued to a woman. The certificate was acquired by Baroness Raymonde de la Roche of France. The theme for the 2017 week of worldwide activities revolves around rotorcraft and celebrates “80 years of female helicopter pilots.”

In 2016 the women’s aviation institute spearheaded a worldwide drive to build a record number of pink paper airplanes in 15 minutes. The paper airplane event brought attention to women in the aviation industry and spotlighted opportunities available to women of all ages.

“The most powerful incentive we offer as part of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week,” wrote Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s founder and president, “is the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements while creating a future for women in our industry at a meaningful time of the year.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Aviation Organizations, Scholarship, Learn to Fly

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