Aviation for Girls

2015

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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AVIATION FOR Girls 2015 23 4 Spend time on your essay and tell your unique story. • Be passionate and communicate about who you are and why you are the best candidate for the scholarship. • Don't submit a generic, one-size-fts-all application. • This is your opportunity to speak to the scholarship committee. Help them get to know YOU, and help them feel your passion and enthusiasm. 6 Complete the application process in full. • Answer all the questions— don't leave anything blank! • Provide all the requested information and supporting documents. If you forget to include a required document, you could be disqualifed from that scholarship entirely. • Include all the required documents and materials in one package. S U C C E S S 5 Don't miss the deadline… In fact, send your complete application package in early. • The deadline for all WAI scholarships is November 16, 2015. That means that your submission MUST be postmarked on or before November 16, 2015. If it is marked for any date after November 16, 2015, your submission will not count. • If you can, send your submission in early! Imagine WAI head- quarters in the week following the November 16 deadline— hundreds of applications arrive all at once. However, if you've sent your submission in early, and if there is anything missing, there is a chance that the review team will spot it and you'll have time to send in the missing piece, so your submission will be considered. 7 Speak directly to the scholarship for which you are applying. • There are more than 100 scholarships available—read the qualifcations of each one carefully and apply for the schol- arships for which you are best qualifed. Remember that you can only apply for two WAI scholarships per year. • Don't send the same application, letters, and essay for both scholarships you are applying for—remember that a success- ful application will appeal directly to the intent, subject, and requirements of that specifc scholarship. Following these tips won't guarantee that you'll win, but you will be more likely to be fully consid- ered, and will avoid being disqualifed. The full list of scholarship opportunities available, as well as the WAI scholarship application form, and details on ba- sic application components are available at www. WAI.org. WAI is also here to help! Don't hesitate to call or e-mail headquarters and ask for clarifcation if there is something you are unsure of. Remember, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. Give yourself a shot this year and apply for a scholarship—see what doors it opens for you and where it can take you. We can't wait to cheer you on in Nashville! ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WAI's 2016 scholarships will be awarded during the annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, March 10-12, 2016. 10 Proofread your submission and keep a full copy for yourself. • Ask someone else to review the requirements and be sure your application is com- plete. Also ask them to read your essay and submission. Check for typos, errors, and proper grammar. • Be sure to keep a complete copy for yourself. • To be sure your applica- tion is received, send your submission via a service that provides a record of delivery, such as FedEx, UPS, or certain USPS special services. All scholarship applicants will receive an e-mail confrmation of receipt from WAI. This can take several weeks since most scholarships arrive on or near the deadline and it takes a while to open and process all the applications. 9 Start early! • It takes time for people to write meaningful letters of recommenda- tion and get them back to you. Allow your chosen writer enough time to complete the letter. • It takes time for college transcripts to be processed and sent to you. Re- frain from waiting until the last min- ute to make the request for your off- cial transcripts. • It will defnitely take time to gath- er certifcates, make copies, and ar- range shipping—give yourself plenty. • It should take time for you to write a winning essay. So, start early! 8 Don't send additional stuff. The scholarship commit- tees work hard to give each application equal attention and equal weight. Don't ruin your chances of winning by including photos, videos, or portfolios that are not requested. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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