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,
The WIA Foundation Scholarship in memory of Molly K. Macauley,
The WIA Foundation – Amr EISawy Scholarship (2 available),
The WIA Foundation – Northrop Grumman Scholarship
for the 2023-2024 school year.
Applications Due June 13, 2023
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The scholarship recipients will be honored at the WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony on December 13, 2023.
- WIA Foundation Background
- WIA Foundation Financial Goals
- WIA Foundation Scholarship Information
- 2022-2023 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 those who identify as 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 those who identify as 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 contribute to the WIA Foundation or for further information, please contact the WIA Foundation at email@example.com 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 those who identify as women, who are interested in a career in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, math or science. Five merit-based awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be given to rising juniors and seniors in college, to be applied to the 2023-2024 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 identify as female, and be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. Applications will be available around mid-February for the subsequent academic year.
|The scholarship timeline is as follows:
|Announcement and call for scholarship applicants
|June 13, 2023:
|Scholarship recipients announcement
|December 13, 2023:
|Scholarship recipients honored at WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC – The Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc. is delighted to announce Jordyn Amoy, Lauren Bansberg, Omokhuwele Umoru, and Simran Dhoju as the recipients of WIA Foundation Scholarships. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2022-2023 academic year.
Jordyn Amoy studies Aerospace Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. One thing that she’d like to make sure everyone knows about her is that throughout her aerospace engineering career, her passion for aviation has grown exponentially as she has new hands-on experiences related to flight. She is a pilot in training and is also very excited about a project she just took on for her senior year, which is to build airplane wings for a current pilot who raced at the Reno Air Show this year.
Lauren Bansberg studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. One thing that she’d like everyone to know about her is that after completing her first bachelor’s in health sciences, she decided to change careers and pursue a second bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with the goal of one day working in the aerospace industry. She hopes her contributions and the projects she’ll work on in the future will help all individuals share the common experience aerospace offers to all people: to explore.
Omokhuwele Umoru studies Physics at Texas Southern University. One thing that she’d like everyone to know about her is that she has always been fascinated by aerospace engineering since childhood. She’s a staunch feminist and although she grew up in a highly patriarchal community, she has always challenged the status quo. She is a self-taught programmer who is passionate about the field of machine learning and data science and its applications in the aerospace industry. She also is deeply interested in how artificial intelligence and machine learning research can help shape the future of aerospace engineering and more great innovations to come. She is an afrobeat’s and jollof rice fanatic and when she doesn’t have her head buried in her books or coding, she loves to dance, sing, explore new places and enjoy adrenaline-inducing outdoor activities.
Simran Dhoju is a student at the University of Alabama where she studies Aerospace Engineering. Her path to aerospace was not a conventional one. Born and raised in Nepal, she did not know anything about aerospace and wanted to become a doctor until she was 15 years old. Her life took a turn during the 2015 Nepal Earthquake of 7.8 magnitude, through which she learned how earth imaging satellites can aid in disaster management and response. She wonders how many more lives could have been saved if Nepal had this resource. As a 15-year-old, she made up her mind to move to another country to pursue aerospace and she one day, dreams of starting an earth imaging satellite company in Nepal. Outside of engineering and outreach, she loves hiking, camping, and skiing, embracing her love for nature and mountains. She also writes spoken word poetry and loves to embrace her creativity.
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 37th Annual WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
WIA Foundation Scholarship Recipients
WIA Foundation Scholarship Winners (left to right): Jordyn Amoy, Lauren Bansberg, Simran Dhoju, and Omokhuwele Umoru.
Learn more about the 2022 winners.
2020 and 2021 Winners:
WIA Foundation Scholarship Winners (left to right): Tinevimbo Ndlovu, Sydney Marler, Amy Huynh, Shreya Gowda, Isabella Gayoso, Leah Davis, and Grace Floring (seated are Kathryn Lueders and WIA Chair, Dr. Rebecca Keiser).
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 Education Scholarship supports the success of the Foundation’s programs. Your gift to the Education Scholarship allows the Foundation to provide an annual scholarship and enable gradual expansion for additional scholarships and higher dollar values.
Named Gifts: A special honor, gifts of $35,000 or more may be named for an individual, family or corporation for 5 or more years. 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.
- Applied Materials Foundation
- BAE Systems
- The Boeing Company
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Digital Avionics Technical Committee (AIAA)
- EADs North America
- Fidelity Charitable
- Network for Good
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Stellar Solutions Foundation
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WIA Foundation Leadership
President of WIA Foundation:
- Dr. Rebecca L. Keiser, Chief of Research Security Strategy and Policy, National Science Foundation