Application Process

The Application for the 2017 Scholarship Awards is Closed.
Please visit our site October 1, 2017 to start applications for Spring of 2018.

The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring over 50 scholarships to further the post secondary education of Navy dependents from the Aviation community.  Most scholarships are $3,000 and some are renewable.   Scholarships can only be used for tuition and tuition related fees charged by the college.  This is for undergraduate work only and Reserve Officer Candidate Programs (full scholarship students including service academies) or any other full scholarship recipients are not eligible. 

In addition to WOASF, your application may be considered for our Administered Scholarships, which include the following:                        

Maritime Patrol Assoc.                                         VAW/VRC  
USS Nimitz                                                          USS Harry S. Truman
USS Carl Vinson                                                  USS Theodore Roosevelt
USS Gerald R. Ford                                             USS Abraham Lincoln
A-7 Corsair Assoc.                                               USS George H. W. Bush

Please see our administered scholarship page for eligibility information for the scholarships listed above.

Selection: Awards will be made on the basis of scholastic proficiency, extracurricular activities, community contributions, life experience and character of the applicant.  All personal information is redacted so the selection committee hosts a “blind” reading.  Applicants will be notified before May 1st as to the success of their application.

 Important Dates for the 2016-2017 Scholarship Season

 October 1st  Pre-Qualification Opens

 February 1st Deadline for Pre-Qualification Submission

 March 1st Deadline for Application Submission

Please read all instructions before beginning the application process.

Dependent Children Candidates: Children are defined as: natural born, adopted or stepchildren, unmarried, up to the age of 22 on March 1st of applying year.  Those who are children (no grandchildren) of a sponsor must be graduates or graduating seniors of an accredited high school or an equivalent home school or institution and must plant to attend an accredited academic institution in the 2016-2017 school year.  College students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited Trade/Technical School, College or University as a full time student taking a minimum of 12 credits in order to graduate with an A.A., A.S, B.A. or B.S degree or industry certification.  Children of a sponsor can receive up to four (4) awards.

Dependent Spouse Candidates: Those who are spouses of a sponsor must plan to be, or are currently enrolled in a regionally accredited Trade/Technical School, College or University as a full time or part time student, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (12 per year) in order to graduate with an A.A., A.S, B.A. or B.S degree or industry certification.  No scholarships are awarded for Graduate programs/study.

Should a scholarship recipient not maintain the required criteria (ex: dropping out) the scholarship award must be returned or reimbursed to the Foundation.

The Scholarship Process requires two steps. 

Step I: The Pre-Qualification.  This requires students to pre-­qualify for scholarship eligibility before submitting an application.  The purpose of this pre-qualification screening is to establish eligibility based on the applicant’s dependent status and the applicant’s sponsor’s service. This must be submitted electronically by the deadline date of February 1st; no paper submissions will be accepted.

Step II: The Application.  Once an applicant is approved, they are provided an applicant ID and can complete the application portion of the scholarship process.  This will include academic information (transcripts), two recommendations, two essays, and information on Activities/Community Service/Work Experience. The application and supporting documents are submitted electronically (except transcripts) by the deadline date of March 1st..  Transcripts may be mailed but most be postmarked by March 1st.

Step I: Eligibility Requirements

Candidates eligible for Scholarship Awards are as follows:

1.  Dependents of active duty members or former members (retired, honorably discharged or deceased) of the U.S. Navy.

2.  Qualifying Time:  Sponsor must have served at least eight (8) years of active duty, ADSW (Active Duty Special Duty, such as a Reservist who has been called upon to work full time for a specified amount of time) or a combination of both within the United States Naval Air Forces. These periods may be non-consecutive.  The minimum 8 year requirement may be waived for Spouse and/or Enlisted Dependent Applicants.

Sponsors’ qualifying time may not be:

                        a. Time served in “Boot Camp”                         b. Time spent as a Naval Academy, NROTC Midshipman, or OCS        
                        c. Time spent in Flight School                         d. Time spent as a member of the inactive or Selected Naval Reserve


 3.  Qualifying Commands: Sponsor must have served within the United States Naval Air Forces.  This includes subordinate activities and units of the United States Naval Air Forces, both ashore and afloat, whose primary mission is in support of the Naval Air Force.  Examples are as follows:      

  •  Air stations or facilities (Naval Air Stations, Naval Air Facilities and tenant commands)
  • Aircraft carriers
  • Air Wings and Staff
  • Aviation Squadrons
  • Personnel with assignments in aviation billets on amphibious Ships (LHA/LHD, etc.)

Eligibility Note: Any spouse or child (natural born, adopted or step­child) of a member of the U. S. Navy who died while on active duty serving with a Naval Air Force unit as described above, may qualify, regardless of length of service of the deceased parent.

Pre-­Qualification Requirements: The pre-­qualification will include the following information from the applicant. Please click the appropriate link:

 Enlisted Dependents

Officer Dependents


Pre-­Qualification Notes:

  • Candidates who have a previously qualified sibling or parent, must still create their own account and submit a new pre-qualification form.  Please do not use the existing account and overwrite that information, our system will not recognize that it is a new entry. However, the new candidate does not need to resubmit documentation of the sponsor’s service in Naval Aviation.  Please indicate the name of the family member who has pre­qualified in the "Verification of Assignment in Naval Air Forces or Subordinate Command(s)" section of the pre-­qualification form. New applicants still have to submit proof of dependency. 
  • Reapplying or ­ Already Qualified? Please contact Melissa Garrison, Scholarship Administrator, at to re-activate your account.

Notifications:  Applicants should receive an email regarding the status of your pre-qualification and/or application within 7 business days of your submission, please be sure to check your "junk box" too.  If you do not receive any information about the status of your information please send an email to to ensure it was received.

Questions???  If you have any questions, please e­mail us at  and be sure to put as the subject line “WOASF your last name.” (For example WOASF-Smith) or call (757) 228-3532.

For helpful tips on the scholarship and college application process, visit our Blog ­ Tuesday's Tips.

The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religion in the administration of any of its educational policies, programs, and operations.








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