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.
The WIA Foundation Scholarship,
The WIA Foundation Scholarship in memory of Molly K. Macauley,
The WIA Foundation – AIAA Digital Avionics Scholarship, and
The WIA Foundation – Northrop Grumman Scholarship
for the 2020-2021 school year.
Applications Due June 16, 2020
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The scholarship recipients will be honored at the WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony on October 15, 2020.
- WIA Foundation Background
- WIA Foundation Financial Goals
- WIA Foundation Scholarship Information
- 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients
- WIA Foundation Scholarship Recipients
- Giving to the WIA Foundation
- Gift Benefits of Giving to the WIA Foundation
- WIA Foundation Donor Roll Call
- WIA Foundation Leadership
WIA Foundation Background
Founded in 2009, the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization created with three missions:
- Increase public awareness of the importance and benefits of the aerospace field.
- Increase public appreciation for aerospace science and technology.
- 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 $2,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 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 about mid-November to mid-December for the subsequent academic year.
|The scholarship timeline is as follows:|
|Mid December:||Announcement and call for scholarship applicants|
|June 16, 2020:||Application Deadline|
|Late July:||Scholarship recipient announcement|
|October 15, 2020:||Scholarship recipients honored at WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony in Washington, DC.|
Washington, DC – The Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc. is delighted to announce Kristen Susuki, Aigneis Frey, Abigail Gries, and Michelle Lin as the recipients of WIA Foundation Scholarships. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2019-2020 academic year.
Kristen Susuki studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since the beginning of her educational career, Kristen has received many honors and awards. To name a few: the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Neitzel-Steinmetz Scholarship. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and plays intramural soccer. Kristen has worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation as a Structural Analysis intern and in a Materials and Processes Co-op. She has served as a Research Intern at the National University of Singapore, a PrEPS Statistics Facilitator, and she participated in the Rudraraju Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she applied continuum mechanics and finite element method concepts.
Aigneis Frey is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studies Aerospace Engineering. From her early high school years to present day, Aigneis has received well over eight distinct honors and awards. She is a member of five different extracurricular programs at MIT. Not only is she an active participant in these organizations, but she is also recognized as a captain for MIT’s Women’s Openweight Varsity Crew team. Aigneis has impressive work experience. She started as an undergraduate researcher in McGovern Institute for Brain Research where she gained her first exposure to MATLAB scripts. This paved the way to her system engineering internships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she facilitated the MATLAB scripts, and the Mars Sample Return project.
Abigail Gries studies Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. She is a member of the Undergraduate Research Team where she assists in the design of a fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System for use in health management experiments. True to the Women in Aerospace spirit, Abigail is also a part of the Women in Science and Engineering organization at Iowa State. Her participation in this organization allows Abigail the opportunity to volunteer during events for incoming freshman, as well as for middle to high school students, where she can further educate young women who want to pursue careers in the STEM field.
Michelle Lin studies Aerospace Engineering and Applied Math at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the summer of 2018, Michelle was a Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellow, where she researched renewable energy policies in rural Colorado. Michelle has had the opportunity to intern with SpaceX Vehicle Engineering, where her work coincided with a Brooke Owens Fellowship. During her internship, she immersed herself in design, testing, modeling and coding within the space industry. Michelle is in the midst of a four-year plan that includes speaking to minorities in engineering about her projects at Space Grant, developing a mentorship program at an under-resourced high school and assisting with the opportunity to connect industries and programs to students. As a first-generation immigrant from Taiwan who learned to speak English at the age of 9, Michelle is ambitious, passionate, and a fighter for young women in aerospace and wants to “Believe in a world where our personal identities no longer have to be segregated from our engineering self.” In the words of Michelle, she is “Dedicated to (her) vision- our vision- that space is for everyone.”
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 34th Annual WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
WIA Foundation Scholarship Recipients
WIA Foundation Scholarship Winners (left to right): WIA Vice Chair Bridget Chatman, Kristen Susuki, Abigail Gries, and Michelle Lin
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WIA Foundation Scholarship Winners (left to right): Esther Putman, Julia Mihaylov, WIA Foundation President, Dr. Rebecca Spyke Keiser, Madeline Koldos, and Katherine Melbourne
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WIA Foundation Scholarship Awards presenter, Dr. Rebecca Spyke Keiser (right), with this year’s winners (left to right): Karen Rucker, McKenna Davis, and Julia Di
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WIA Foundation Scholarship recipients, Kelly Henckel (left), Khanh Pham (center right) and Elizabeth Worsham (right) are congratulated by WIA Foundation President Dianne Sosa (center left).
WIA Foundation Scholarship recipients, Rose Weinstein (left) and Amanda Martin (right) are congratulated by WIA Foundation President Dianne Sosa (center). The third 2015 scholarship recipient was Maggie Thompson (not pictured).
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2014 WIA Foundation Scholarship recipients Lauren Trollinger (left) and Emily Zimovan (right) are congratulated by Immediate WIA Foundation Past President Annalisa Weigel (center) at the WIA Annual Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA held on October 29, 2014. The third 2014 scholarship winner was Jessica Felde (not pictured).
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2013 WIA Foundation Scholarship recipients Erin Kirchmeier (left) and Samantha Rowlins (right) at the WIA Annual Awards Ceremony in Arlington, VA held on October 29, 2013.
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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
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
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
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.
If you choose to pay by check, please make your check payable to: “WIA Foundation” and mail your donation to:
515 2nd 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 the WIA Annual Awards Dinner Program
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.
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- BAE Systems
- The Boeing Company
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Digital Avionics Technical Committee (AIAA)
- EADs North America
- Network for Good
SpaceTweeps on behalf of Stephanie Schierholz (@MTClemente, @therealDJFlux, @datachick, @ageekmom, @starlingLX, @jotulloch, @cygnusx112, @And_Tonic, @marybethhunt, @jschoeneberg, @BigE54, @AllanManangan, @ouemt)
WIA Foundation Leadership
President of WIA Foundation:
- Shelli Brunswick, COO, Space Foundation