the 2022-2023 Application season is Now Closed

Please check back with us October 1, 2023 for the NEXT scholarship season.


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 cover 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. 


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.



  • 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. U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard dependents are not eligible to apply.

         1. Dependent Children Candidates:
    natural born, adopted or stepchildren, unmarried, up to the age of 22 
                   on March 1st 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.

Reapplying and Already qualified

If an applicant has already pre-qualified in a previous year, they DO NOT need to submit pre-qualification documents again.

Instead, the applicant MUST reactivate their account by contacting the Scholarship Administrator at


New applicants who have a previously qualified sibling or parent must:

  • Create their own account. DO NOT use the existing account and overwrite  information.
  • Submit proof of dependency.
  • Indicate the name of the family member who has pre­qualified in the "Verification of Assignment in Naval Air Forces or Subordinate Command(s)" portion of the Pre-Qualification section.

These new applicants DO NOT need to resubmit documentation of the sponsor’s service in Navy Aviation if the sibling has pre-qualified within the last five years (2018-2022).

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)



  •  October 1st  Pre-Qualification Opens
  •  February 1st Deadline for Pre-Qualification Submission
  •  March 1st Deadline for Application Submission


Awards are based on five categories: academic  achievement, extra-curricular and community service activities, work/internships, recommendations and essays.

Selection is performed by a scholarship selection committee made up of former educators, guidance counselors and retired Navy spouses/personnel from across the country.  All personal information from the applicant is redacted to facilitate a “blind” reading.

Applicants will be notified by email before May 1st as to the success of their application.


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 Assoc.
  • VAW/VRC                           
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association
  • USS Gerald R. Ford 
  • USS Carl Vinson
  • 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.



Step I: The Pre-Qualification

New applicants MUST complete the pre-qualification portion of the application.

The Pre-Qualification portion determines:

  1. Applicant’s dependent status
  2. Applicant’s sponsor’s time in service within Navy aviation commands

 The pre-qualifation process is completed online and all documentation must be submitted electronically. No paper submissions will be accepted.

Pre-qualification Deadline:   February 1st, 5:00 PM (EST)

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

Required Eligibility Information Document

Step II: The Application

Once the pre-qualification is approved, the applicants are provided an applicant ID number allowing them access to the application portion of the scholarship process.

Applicants will be required to:

  1. Complete an Activities-Community Service/Work Experience Form
  2. Write two short essays
  3. Submit offical transcripts
  4. Submit recommendations using our online form (two for dependent children; one for dependent spouses)

The application and supporting documents MUST be submitted electronically. 

Official unopened transcripts may be mailed but must be postmarked by March 1st.

 Application Deadline: March 1st, 5:00 PM (EST)



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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