Katherine BennettCBE with Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chancellor of Cranfield University and Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University Image: Cranfield University

$5,000 scholarship sponsored by the International Aviation Women’s Association

A new scholarship for women funded by the International Aviation Women Association (IAWA) was announced by IAWA board member and senior vice president of Airbus, Katherine Bennett CBE, during her acceptance of an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University.

It is the first UK University to have been granted a Scholarship Award by the association.

The IAWA was founded in 1988, its core goal is to develop the next generation of female leaders by introducing mentoring programmes, internship programmes and scholarships.

The organisation has worked with universities across the globe to identify these candidates and help progress their aviation career.

IAWA vice president, Kathryn Callahan, said:

“IAWA is delighted to help support the development of women at Cranfield who are passionate about careers in aviation.

“We have no doubt these students will take a leading role in helping the sector deal with the unique challenges we face in the future, as well as making a genuine contribution towards increasing the number of women involved in this hugely significant industrial sector.”

Professor Helen Atkinson CBE FREng, pro-vice-chancellor, Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, said:

“We are very grateful for this generous award from the IAWA.

“As members of the ‘Women in Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Charter’ and winners of an Athena Swan Bronze Award we have made diversity a priority for our University and this award from IAWA will support our work.”

The scholarship is valued at $5,000 each year and is open to all students. Applications for the scholarship will be opening shortly.