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The Women in Aerospace Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. All contributions to the organization are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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WIA Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2014-2015 School Year

Washington, DC – The Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc. is delighted to announce Jessica Felde, Lauren Trollinger, and Emily Zimovan as the recipients of WIA Foundation Scholarships. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jessica Felde

Jessica Felde

Jessica is studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. She is on the Deanís List, received a NASA Space Grant, been inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, and is a member of several aerospace professional organizations. Her recommendation letters are extraordinarily strong. She served as an intern at the Stennis Space Center at the engine test complex and aspires to specialize in jet aircraft design.

Lauren Trollinger

Lauren Trollinger

Lauren is studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. She has routinely been on the Deanís List and has received other university and departmental honors. She has assumed leadership positions in AIAA and other associations, and had internships with the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the Wyle Aerospace Group. She aspires to graduate studies in aerospace engineering with a specialty in rotorcraft aerodynamics. One of her recommendation letters also notes that Lauren “has been a strong participant in outreach and mentoring of younger students” at the local magnet school for aerospace technologies.

Emily Zimovan

Emily Zimovan

Emily is studying Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University. She is a member of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Society, has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and has received over ten scholarships or honors for academic achievement, including a NASA Aeronautics Scholarship and the recognition of exceptional merit by the Purdue Society of Women Engineers. She has also held internships at the Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory, working on studies with balloon-derived meteorological measurements and attitude control for spacecraft. During her internship at the University of Maryland, she was selected as a John Mather Nobel Scholar. She plans to pursue graduate school for her PhD. One of her letters of recommendation emphasizes that Emily feels that it is not enough that she asks “why” as she always then quickly asks “what if.”

The WIA Foundation scholarships are funded by generous donations of individuals and corporations around the aerospace community. The WIA Foundation Board, WIA Board, and others in the aerospace community continue to contribute ongoing financial support. This investment is creating an Endowment fund to support the success of the Foundation’s programs and ensure the scholarship program continues in perpetuity.

The scholarships and recognition were presented at the 29th Annual WIA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This event draws over 300 people to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of women throughout the aerospace community. For more information and specifics about the 2014-2015 scholarship, contact

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WIA Foundation Background

Founded in 2009, the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization created with three missions:

  1. Increase public awareness of the importance and benefits of the aerospace field.
  2. Increase public appreciation for aerospace science and technology.
  3. Inspire female students to develop the skill sets required to innovate and assume leadership roles in the development of technology in the aerospace field.

The Foundation partly accomplishes its purpose by providing scholarships to women who study engineering, math or science at the undergraduate level, and thereby (i) encourage women to enter careers in the aerospace field, (ii) expand women's opportunities for leadership in aerospace, and (iii) increase women's visibility in the aerospace community.

To that end, the WIA Foundation will award a $1000 scholarship per year to a woman who is a rising senior in college studying engineering, math or science, thus encouraging women to enter careers in the aerospace field.

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

WIA Foundation Financial Goals

The current financial goals of the WIA Foundation are twofold:

  • To establish an initial $50,000 endowment to perpetually fund the scholarship program
  • To establish relationships with individuals and corporations to fund “named” scholarships or educational programs

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

WIA Foundation Scholarship Information

The WIA Foundation is pleased to provide scholarships to women interested in a career in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, math or science. One or more awards will be given each year to a rising junior or senior in college, to be applied during the upcoming academic year.

To be eligible for the WIA Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must be interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace field and be a rising junior or senior working towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering, math or science. An applicant must have completed at least two and a half academic years of full-time college work at the time of application and must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories, and plan to be enrolled in the subsequent academic year. Each applicant must have a college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be female of any nationality. Applications will be available on or about November 1 for the subsequent academic year.

The annual Scholarship timeline is as follows:

October 1: Announcement and call for scholarship applicants

February 25: Applications are due

March 14: Scholarship recipient announcement

October/November: Scholarship recipient honored at WIA Awards Banquet in Washington, DC.

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

WIA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

2013 Winners:

Erin Kirchmeier
Erin Kirchmeier, Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)
Samantha Rawlins
Samantha Rawlins, California State University, Los Angeles

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2012 Recipient: Kirstyn Johson
2012 Recipient: Kirstyn Johson
2012 WIA Foundation Scholarship recipient Kirstyn Johnson (left) is congratulated by WIA Foundation Immediate Past President Debra Facktor Lepore (right) at the WIA Annual Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA on November 1, 2012.

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2011 Recipient: Salvador A. Valdes
Sal Valdes
2011 WIA Foundation Scholarship recipient Salvador Valdes (right) is congratulated by NOAA Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, (left) and Leadership Award recipient Col. Laura J. Richardson (center) at the WIA Annual Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA on November 1, 2011.

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2010 Inaugural Recipient: Whitney Lohmeyer
Whitney Lohmeyer
WIA Foundation Scholarship recipient Whitney Lohmeyer (center) is congratulated by NASA Administrator Charles J. Bolden Jr., (left) and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver (right) at the WIA Annual Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA on October 26, 2010.
   — Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA

Click here for more information on Whitney Lohmeyer.

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

Giving to the WIA Foundation

The WIA Foundation invites you to join an extraordinary group of people and organizations dedicated to the advancement of women in the aerospace profession. Gifts of any amount will make a big difference in the lives of young women pursuing careers in aerospace and will positively impact the future of our industry.

Annual gifts to the WIA Foundation make our scholarship program happen. We currently have two giving options available, and invite you to participate in one or both options:

The WIA Foundation Endowment Fund: The Endowment Fund supports the success of the Foundation’s programs. By utilizing the interest earned from the Fund, the Foundation maintains a stable, long-term source of income. Your gift to the Endowment Fund allows the Foundation to provide an annual scholarship and enable gradual expansion for additional scholarships and higher dollar values. The Endowment ensures the program continues in perpetuity.

Named Gifts: A special perpetual honor, gifts of $30,000 or more may be named for an individual, family or corporation. This is an outstanding opportunity for recognition and tribute. A named gift will ensure recognition of a special person or organization and will also ensure a scholarship or specific educational program meets the mutual interests of the donor, the Foundation, and our community.

Please join us in encouraging young women to pursue careers in aerospace by studying engineering, math and science at the college level by making your gift to the WIA Foundation today.

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

Make your check payable to: “WIA Foundation” and mail your donation to:
WIA Foundation
204 E Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Benefits of Giving to the WIA Foundation

In appreciation for your gift, the WIA Foundation will provide recognition within the aerospace community for all donors. Specifically, you will receive:

  • Inclusion on the Donor Honor Roll page on the WIA Foundation website
  • Recognition in one issue of the WIA Quarterly Newsletter
  • Recognition in the WIA Annual Awards Dinner Program

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

WIA Foundation Donor Roll Call

The following organizations and individuals have graciously provided support to the WIA Foundation. In particular the WIA Foundation recognizes the commitment of Women in Aerospace board members and officers – past, present, and future – for their personal contributions in making the Foundation a reality.


  • Orbital ATK
  • BAE Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • The Boeing Company
  • Digital Avionics Technical Committee (AIAA)
  • EADs North America
  • Scitor


  • Deborah Alderson
  • Samantha Segall Anderson
  • Carol Aragon-Smith
  • Deborah Barnhart
  • Stephanie Bednarek
  • Elizabeth Billman
  • Angie Bukley
  • Bob Burke
  • Cynthia Castillo
  • Katherine Chambers
  • Lucia Chavez
  • Harry Cikanek III
  • Giovanna Cinelli
  • Sandy Coleman
  • Anne Connor
  • Randall Correll
  • Angela Phillips Diaz
  • Lynn F.H. Cline
  • Tamar Eskin
  • Sara Fuentes
  • Jeffrey Foust
  • Martin Frederick
  • Bill Gail
  • Karen Gebhart
  • Madhulika Guhathakurta
  • Rachel Guill
  • Jessica Hairston
  • Barry Hamilton
  • Jennifer Hoil
  • Richard Irving
  • Suzanne Jenniches
  • Linda Karanian
  • Janet Karika
  • Diane Kirkpatrick
  • James Kirkpatrick
  • Daryle Lademan
  • Alan Ladwig
  • Carol Lane
  • Wiley Larson
  • Kathleen Laurini
  • Renee Leduc Clarke
  • Laurie Leshin
  • Debra Facktor Lepore
  • Cindy Malawy
  • Molly Mccauley
  • Peter McGrath
  • Richard McKinney
  • Valerie Neal
  • Sophia Neekoranik
  • Annita Nerses
  • Colleen Oresky
  • Amy Rasmussen
  • Christina Recascino
  • Margaret Roberts
  • Nancy Grace Roman
  • Lillian Ryals
  • Mina Samii
  • Rosanna Sattler
  • Jane Schnaars
  • Gwynne Shotwell
  • SpaceTweeps on behalf of Stephanie Schierholz (@MTClemente, @therealDJFlux, @datachick, @ageekmom, @starlingLX, @jotulloch, @cygnusx112, @And_Tonic, @marybethhunt, @jschoeneberg, @BigE54, @AllanManangan, @ouemt)
  • Stephanie Schierholz
  • Merrie Scott
  • Kay Sears
  • Sarah Sloan
  • Judy Smith
  • Dianne Sosa
  • Carol Staubach
  • Suzy Sterner
  • Joseph Suarez
  • Katherine Tamer
  • John Tylko
  • Dinesh Verma
  • Bruce Wald
  • Annalisa Weigel
  • Karen Yasumura
  • Amanda Zuber

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.

WIA Foundation Leadership

The WIA Foundation Leadership consists of:

  • President, Annalisa Weigel, Director, Fairmont Consulting Group
  • Vice President, Dianne Sosa, Vice President, Engineering Services, Orbital ATK
  • Katherine Bolling Farmer, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Kris Miller, Vice President of Business Operations, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Molly Macauley, Vice President, Resources for the Future
  • Susan Chodakewitz, President, Tetra Tech AMT
  • Dana Johnson, Deputy Director, Space Policy, U.S. Department of State

To contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at or 202-547-0229.