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Aviation Scholarship Essays

Ever since I was a young kid I have always been interested with aircraft. I

was so curious of how airplane's fly. I remember taking my toys apart to see

how it works. As a kid I wanted to go to the airport to watch the airplanes

land and fly and pondered how this happens. Other kids wanted to go to the

amusement places. As I grew older I became more and more interested in

aircraft and the technology behind it. I always involved myself with aviation

early on. I read books and magazines on aviation, took museum tours, built

model airplanes. When I was younger my father would take me to aircraft

repair facilities where I would watch in great fascination. In my teens, went

up to the military bases and befriended many soldiers involved with aircraft

and asked them numerous questions. I got to meet many aeronautics engineers

and borrowed their old textbooks and read them till the wee hours of the

morning. As technology improved with information superhighway, I logged on

the web. Stayed up for hours and hours searching through web pages and web

pages of information about aircraft and technology.

I started my elementary school in the Philippines, then we moved to U.S. and

continued my high school education and graduated. Enrolled at the CCSF to

pursue my college education and now I am in the 2nd year in CCSF taking

aeronautics. My goal now is to obtain my AS degree from the City College of

San Francisco (CCSF) so I can transfer to a University and get a Bachelors

degree and to continue for my Masters degree in Aeronautics Engineering. I

will strive hard to reach the peak level of my career which is a Professor

and hopefully to be an aeronautic professor so can help and share my

knowledge and experience to the new students who wish to be an aeronautics

engineer someday. I completed 62 units from CCSF so far. Currently, I'm

taking 21 units. With my hard work in doing my homework and submitted on

time; studied hard and gained higher grades on my tests; and did extra

credits, I was able to earned a GPA 4.0 last semester `and I was included on

the current dean's list in aeronautics. I received an achievement award for

this presented in the Chancellor's Award Ceremony last December 1998 in CCSF.

I have also been accepted to the CCSF honors program and was invited to be a

member of the Omega Chapter of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the California Community

College Honor Society. After these achievements, I became more motivated in

my studies and it helped me strive hard to aim for a perfect grades hoping to

get on the scholarship program.

When we first move to the U.S. my family as a whole encountered so many

problems. All the sacrifices we encountered and until now we are still

struggling to live a better life. Being my mother as the only breadwinner in

the family, we suffered so much financially. At one time when my mother lost

her job, I had to quit school and find a job so I can help my family. At

early age, I experienced relocating to San Francisco worked two to three jobs

getting paid at a minimum wage which at that time it was not enough for us to

live. We couldn't even afford to rent an apartment. We ended up living in a

car, or with relatives and moved around few times just to get a free room and

board. Quitting school was the last thing on my mind, but I had no other

choice. I thought this was the end of my education. After doing foul and

dead-end jobs I told myself; "This is not what I want to do all my life. This

was not my Future." I would never give up until I am somebody someday. I

still believe that good things happen to those who sacrifice or wait

patiently. I became a very strong person and practical. I was too young then

for that kind of work but it helped me to have goals in life. It opened my

eyes that this would not be the kind of life I want to have. I became

motivated to pursue my studies. I promised myself that I will continue my

education soon as we get stable, so I can improve our lifestyle and can

provide a better life for my mother, my sister and for myself and my own

family in the future. I also promised myself that I would never let this

happen to my family again.

Then luckily my mother found a better job than before. Financial still not

good, it is a struggle to support my sister and me. Being a single parent and

a widower, it's full of sacrifices but I'm willing to sacrifice just to get

myself back to school. After my father's sudden dead recently in his 50s. I

decided to change the course of my life. I re-entered school full time last

year and I'm planning to continue full time hopefully, until I finish my

degree. I am hoping and praying for my mother to have a good health and for

her job to be stable until I can graduate. If I don't finish school and if I

don't strive for my very best I would be nothing to this world and will not

open new door to my life. Inspite of financial hardship, I am proud of myself

that I stayed strong and challenge the cruel world. I have two brothers who

dropped out of school and did not go back at all. They have engaged in risky

behavior and involved themselves with alcohol and drugs. I have seen young

adults at my age that lost interest in life because of poverty and

misfortune, instead they engaged in dangerous activities such alcohol, drugs,

gangs and continued to become a headache in the community and society. I want

to make my life better and to live with a good quality life in the future. As

of now, I have the highest education in our family members and hoping I will

be the most successful one in the future. No one in my family finished

school. Including all my cousins, uncles and aunts. With this hardship I'm

going through I want to make a difference in my life. I would be the first

one in my family to finish school and that's my goal. I would like to be a

role model for my younger sister specially and also to all my younger

cousins, nieces, nephews, and to all the young kids out there to never give

up hope. Someday, I will reach my destination in life when I earn my degree

and from there it will open up new doors and opportunities with so many good

possibilities to offer for my family and me. My mother will be very proud

seeing me at the edge of the world very successful. I'm doing this for her

and for my father, God rest his soul wherever he is and for myself.

After my graduation, I will find a better job to support my mother and my

younger sister. My other goal is to give my mother and my sister a better

life than what we have now. They deserve the best and I would like to offer

that to them when I finish my education. I believe nothing is impossible in

this world as long you are determined to make it possible.

By Molly Martin

Every year, Women in Aviation International (WAI) makes more than 100 scholarships available that in total, are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The scholarships are available for multiple aviation and aerospace disciplines, for different ages, different stages of careers and life, and many are available to applicants all over the world.

In the last 20 years WAI has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships. Thousands of WAI members have realized aviation dreams or furthered their aviation or aerospace career after winning a WAI scholarship.

The process is simple: Select up to three scholarships to apply for and submit the required application materials. But past scholarship winners will tell you that it pays to put your best foot forward, pay attention to details, and deliver an application package that truly sets you apart. We’ve compiled a Top Ten list of tips to help you get started:

1—Be a Women in Aviation International member! WAI scholarships are available for many different areas of aviation and aerospace. You don’t have to be a pilot, an engineer, a student, or hold advanced degrees—but you do need to be a member of Women in Aviation International to qualify for each scholarship. Be sure you have completed the membership application and paid dues before November 1, 2017 to qualify.

2—Follow the rules and pay attention to details. Be sure to read the requirements for each scholarship, as they are all a little bit different. Remember that if you don’t follow the rules for each scholarship, you could be disqualified.

  • Do the requirements call for two one-page letters of recommendation? If so, send two letters. No more. No less.
  • Does the scholarship you’re applying for require a transcript from your school? Does it need to be certified? Be sure to include the correct number of copies, and be sure that if they need to be certified, they are.
  • Do the rules require that you send two complete application packages? Then send two!
  • Does the essay need to be 500 words or less? Remember that the team reviewing the scholarship applications is considering dozens and dozens of applications. If your essay doesn’t meet the exact requirements you will be disqualified.
  • Type all elements of your application, including your essay.
  • If the scholarship requirements call for it, be sure to send clear copies of your government licenses, ratings, logbooks, and other required materials.
  • Do the requirements specify that the materials be stapled? If so, staple them. Don’t send bulky folders, files, or bound documents.
  • When provided, be sure to use the official forms, and fill them out completely. WAI is offering applicants the ability to apply online this year—be sure all of your attachments are clearly labeled with your name and the scholarship you are applying for. If you prefer not to apply online, type the application if possible—if not, be sure it is legible. Imagine if you were chosen as the winner of a scholarship, but the committee cannot read your email or mailing address.

3—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 job.
  • Don’t submit a generic, one-size-fits-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.

4—Tell the truth. Don’t stretch the truth; don’t get creative with the truth. No exaggerations. Period.

5—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 disqualified from that scholarship entirely.
  • Include all the required documents and materials in one package.

6—Don’t miss the deadline…In fact, send your complete application package in early.

  • The deadline for all WAI scholarships is November 13, 2017. That means that your submission MUST be postmarked on or before November 13, 2017. If it is marked for any date after November 13, 2017, your submission will not count.
  • If you can, send your submission in early! Imagine WAI headquarters in the week following the deadline—hundreds of applications arrive all at once. However, if you’ve sent your submission in early, you can call and confirm that it was received, and the team will have the time and focus to be able to confirm receipt. Also, if your submission is received 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 qualifications of each one carefully and apply for the scholarships for which you are best qualified. Remember that you can only apply for three WAI scholarships per year.
  • Don’t send the same application, letters, and essay for both scholarships you are applying for—remember that a successful application will appeal directly to the intent, subject, and requirements of that specific scholarship.

8—Start early!

  • It takes time for people to write meaningful letters of recommendation 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. Refrain from waiting until the last minute to make the request for your official transcripts.
  • It will definitely take time to gather certificates, make copies, and arrange shipping—give yourself plenty.
  • It should take time for you to write a winning essay! So, start early!

9—Don’t send additional stuff. The scholarship committee works hard to give each application equal attention and equal weight. Don’t ruin your chances of winning by including photos, videos, or portfolios that aren’t requested.

10—Proofread your submission and keep a full copy for yourself.

  • Ask someone else to review the requirements and be sure your application is complete. 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 application is received, send your submission via a service that provides a record of delivery, such as FedEx, UPS, or certain USPS special services.

Following these tips won’t guarantee that you’ll win, but you will be more likely to be fully considered, and will avoid being disqualified. WAI is also here to help! Don’t hesitate to call headquarters and ask for clarification 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. 

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