In late 2015, AAAE established the Women in Aviation Scholarship program, to be given each year to a female college or university undergraduate student with a junior class standing or above or a graduate student, who is enrolled in an aviation program and has a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE.
In May of 2016, at AAAE’s 88th Annual Conference and Exposition in Houston, Texas, Ms. Leonia Hunt of the Florida Institute of Technology was presented as the first recipient of the Women in Aviation scholarship.
In 2017, AAAE held the inaugural Women in Aviation Scholarship Luncheon which raised enough funds to award a second $5,000 Women in Aviation Scholarship in perpetuity, named after our 2017 honoree, Linda Hall Daschle. In 2018, the Foundation established three additional scholarships, for a total of five annual awards of $5,000, named after our 2018 luncheon honorees Gina Adams and Trish Gilbert and longtime AAAE member and supporter of higher education and mentoring, Claudia B. Holliway.