The Wings Over America Scholarship Pre-Qualification is now closed. 

 Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation annually sponsors 50 scholarships to further the postsecondary education of Navy dependents from the aviation community. Most scholarships are $5,000 and some are renewable.

Scholarships may be used for trade school certification, community college or four-year university/college undergraduate study
and may be used for tuition only at an accredited institution.

If an applicant's tuition is fully covered by other scholarships from their institution, ROTC, or Post 9/11 Bill/Yellow Ribbon benefits,
they are ineligible to receive a scholarship. Students attending service acadamies are also ineligible. 

The recipient must accept the award for both fall and spring semesters.
If a recipient is planning on using Post 9/11 Benefits for one semester, then they must decline the scholarship. 



 October 1st  Pre-Qualification Opens

 February 1st Deadline for Pre-Qualification Submission

 March 1st Deadline for Application Submission


Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its educational policies, programs, and operations.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO Apply and Receive an Award?

  • Dependent children and spouses of active duty, retired, honorably discharged, or deceased Enlisted or Officer U. S. Navy personnel who serve or have served in U. S. Navy Aviation. 

         1. Dependent Children Candidates:
    unmarried natural born, adopted or stepchildren (up to the age of 23 
                   of the application year)
                ~ graduate or graduating senior of an accredited high school or home
                    school equivalent
                ~ current college or trade school student
                ~ enrolled or plan to be enrolled  in an accredited institution as a full-
                    time student taking a mininimum of 12 credits per semester.     
         2. Dependent Spouse Candidates:
                ~ enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an accredited institution as a full-
                    time or part-time student taking a minimum of 6 credits per semester. 

  • Any spouse or child (natural born, adopted or stepchild) of a member of the U.S. Navy who died while on active duty serving within a U.S. Navy aviation command may qualify regardless of length of service of the deceased sponsor.

*New for 2023-2024 Scholarship Season*

STUdENTS Reapplying and Already Pre-qualified

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation has a NEW application website. ALL students applying MUST complete STEP I - THE PRE-QUALIFICATION  by February 1st at 5 PM (EST) in order to move on to STEP II - THE APPLICATION

If an applicant has completed the pre-qualification in a previous year, they will not need to submit proof of dependency nor time in service documents again.

NEW APPLICANTS WITH SIBLINGS ALREADY PRE-QUALIFIED (within the last five years; 2019-2023)

New applicants who have a previously qualified sibling or parent MUST complete STEP I - THE PRE-QUALIFICATION in order to move on to STEP II - THE APPLICATION.

These new applicants will not need to submit time in service documents but MUST:

  • Indicate the name of the family member who has pre-qualified.
  • Submit proof of dependency. 

Review the following document prior to beginning the pre-qualification to ensure the correct documents are submitted. DOWNLOAD HERE

Time in Service Requirement

The applicant's sponsor must have served

  • at least eight (8) years of active duty, or
  • ADSD (Active Duty Secial Duty) such as a reservist who has been called upon to work full-time for a specified amount of time in an aviation or subordinate command, or
  • a combination of both within the U.S. Navy aviation community.

These periods may be non-consecutive & do not include time spent in flight school.

Qualifying Commands

The sponsor must have served within the U.S. Navy aviation community. These include subordinate activites and commands, both ashore and afloat, whose primary mission is in support of U.S. Navy aviation.

These include:

  • Aviation squadrons (manned and unmanned)
  • Aircraft Carriers
  • Aviation Wings and Staffs (including CNATRA)
  • Naval Air Systems Commands to include headquarters staff, PEOs and subordinate commands
  • Naval Air Station-assignment must relate directly to aircraft operations (additional documentation may be required)
  • Assignments to non-aviation activities, where the sponsor's billet assignment related directly to the operation, equipping, instruction, or training of aviation assets of Commander, Naval Air Forces (additional documentation may be required)


In addition to WOASF, applicants may be considered with the same application for our Administered Scholarships, which may include but not limited to the following:  

  • Maritime Patrol Association
  • VAW/VRC                           
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association
  • The Wingman Foundation Marine Corps Aviation Memorial
  • USS Gerald R. Ford 
  • Command Scholarships*

*Command Scholarships may include:

  • USS Nimitz
  • USS Harry S. Truman
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt
  • USS Abraham Lincoln
  • USS George H. W. Bush
  • USS Ronald Reagan

Please see our Administered Scholarship page for eligibility information for the scholarships listed above.

Questions ???

Please email us at with any questions. Be sure to put as the subject line "WOASF-your last name" (for Example: WOASF-Smith).

Wings Over America
Scholarship Foundation
770 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 155
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Andrea Meinicke Diamond
Executive Director

Melissa Garrison
Scholarship Administrator


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