Bonita Jean Olson Memorial Scholarship

Written by Hannah Fowler

Bonnie started her career as an educator, moving on to the aviation and aerospace industry, and spending almost 30 years working in commercial aviation and space programs. Upon retirement her passion for aviation blossomed while volunteering at The Museum of Flight, where she loved to lead tours attired as a Women Airforce Service

Pilot (WASP) and share their stories. Bonnie always wanted to extend the opportunities for women in aviation, and we, her family, are proud to fund a scholarship in her name. In addition to all WAI requirements, the applicant shall be pursuing higher education toward a STEM career with plans to enter a career in aviation or aerospace. The applicant must be enrolled (or committed to attending) an accredited institution (includes two- and four-year colleges, technical institutes, and certificate programs), have experience volunteering in STEM or aviation-related events and/or WAI activities in the previous year. In your WAI application essay, include detailed explanations of the applicant’s career plans, goals, and volunteer experiences.

The scholarship must be expensed within one year of receipt and will be paid directly to an accredited program/institution. Funds may be applied to tuition, books, or laboratory fees. STEM careers include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, air traffic controller, avionics technician, dispatch certification, aircraft mechanic, meteorologist, or educator for the subject matters. Funds may not be used for housing, transportation, flight training, meals, or incidental expenses.

Preference will be given to local candidates within the Seattle/Washington state area, but all applicants will be considered based upon character, need, community involvement, and accomplishments.

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Peggy Chabrian, WAI has grown from a small group of dedicated individuals to a global network with tens of thousands of members across continents, including both women and men who seek to inspire and ...

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Eligibility information

High School Seniors & College Students