Thu, Mar 17, 2005
The Place to Find Encouragement and Aviation Dollars
By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey
Looking for a way to
jumpstart or advance your aviation training? There's no better
place to begin than with Women in Aviation, International (WAI).
Over half-a-million dollars in scholarships was given to over 50
WAI members at the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation
Conference last week in Dallas.
The WAI scholarship program is a significant reason for both men
and women to join the organization. Amy Laboda, editor of the
organization's Aviation for Women magazine, said that in many
cases, scholarships are available to both men and women. "Many of
our scholarships are not necessarily gender-specific," she said.
"All that's required in many cases is to be a member of Women in
While at the conference, the Women in Aviation International
Scholarship Endowment Fund received a windfall from three of the
organization's corporate members. American Airlines/American Eagle
contributed $5,000; the Chuck Yeager Foundation $20,000; and United
Parcel Service gave $25,000. Those contributions brought the
endowment fund total to more than $370,000.
Over 2,600 women, and men, were present at the three-day event.
In attendance were over 300 Boeing employees, 200+ military
personnel, speakers such as Congressman John Mica, Colleen Barrett
from Southwest Airlines and Gretchen Jahn from Mooney Airplane
Company. There were students, aviation educators, airline
professionals, and women engaged in aviation maintenance. There
were hundreds of women finding networking and mentoring
opportunities and ways to advance in aviation/aerospace
Make plans to attend next year's conference in Nashville (TN) at
the Opryland Hotel, March 23 -25.
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