Women's Giving Circle
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Women’s Giving Circle brings together accomplished women in the fields of aviation, aerospace and beyond, who demonstrate their leadership through their endeavors and their philanthropy.
Women Supporting Women
Today, women make up only 6% of the aviation/aerospace workforce in an industry that is facing critical shortages in its skilled professions. That must change. Recognizing that women are underrepresented in the aerospace and aviation industries, the Embry-Riddle Women’s Giving Circle is creating a permanent legacy, not only to address the financial needs of ERAU’s female students, but also to provide young women with role models and mentors who can pave the way to future success.
Through the power of collective giving, members of the Embry-Riddle Women’s Giving Circle have a unique opportunity to support the next generation of women and give flight to their dreams. The Women’s Giving Circle will make a difference by:
- Providing scholarships to female students pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the nation’s first and largest aviation-centric university;
- Building a permanent endowment fund to provide support in perpetuity for female students enrolled at Embry-Riddle.
- Providing a higher level of impact through the power of giving together toward a common purpose.
How It Works
Women’s Giving Circle members pool their charitable funds to create powerful change in aerospace and aviation education. By giving collectively in this way, members have the opportunity to help direct scholarship support and determine critical industry education needs—an enriching experience for all involved.
Membership is open to all women – ERAU alumni and non-alumni alike – who each give $1,200 annually. Initially, $1,000 of your annual gift will go toward a scholarship fund that will benefit students in the current academic year, while $200 will go toward an endowment fund to ensure that scholarships can be provided to female students for years to come.
As our membership grows, so too does our ability to expand our reach and our impact on the aviation and aerospace community. The more the ERAU Women’s Giving Circle fund grows, the more assistance our scholarship will be able to provide to female students.
Every year, each member’s annual contribution of at least $1,200 goes to the scholarship pool, with $1,000 of your gift benefiting students in the current academic year and $200 set aside to build an endowment fund. From time to time, additional donations are made to the scholarship pool to increase the monies available for scholarships.
With “one member, one vote,” Women’s Giving Circle members ratify scholarship awardees from worthy student applications submitted through Embry-Riddle’s financial aid office.
Scholarships are awarded each year and presented at the annual Women in Aviation, International Conference. Here, Embry-Riddle students have the unique opportunity to network with female professionals working in careers they hope to pursue upon graduation.
Women at Embry-Riddle
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, we are training future female leaders in the aviation and aerospace industries. Our female alumni include pilots, astronauts, industry CEOs, NASA engineers and U.S. Air Force generals, who serve as role models dedicated to creating more opportunities for women pursuing their passion for aviation and aerospace.
Through the power of collective giving, an annual gift of $1,200 ensures a strong future for young women studying to become leaders in the aerospace and aviation industries. The first $1,000 will be awarded in the year that you contribute. The remainder will support the Women’s Giving Circle endowment, ensuring female students’ financial aid needs are addressed for years to come.
Women age 40 and under have an opportunity to join the Embry-Riddle Women’s Giving Circle with an annual contribution of $250. Participants have full voting rights and are encouraged to reach out to Embry-Riddle’s female students to provide insight and guidance as they launch their own careers.
Other ways to join
Corporate Associate Membership
Designed for corporations providing services to the aviation and aerospace industries, this non-voting membership level starts at $5,000 annually and provides support to the scholarship endowment fund. To make a gift at this level, contact Stephanie Kenyon by phone or email
From time to time, members may choose to make an optional supplemental gift. These donations may be made either to our annual term scholarship pool or to help grow our endowment fund. Supplemental gifts can easily be made through our online giving form, or by contacting contact Stephanie Kenyon by phone or email
Women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving is a potent force. To find out more about how you can affect the future of young women’s education in aviation and aerospace, contact Stephanie Kenyon, executive director of philanthropy for presidential and special initiatives, by phone or email