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2024 Scholarship Recipients

IAWA is proud to present our 2024 Scholarship recipients. Each student has demonstrated a passion for aviation and embodies our commitment to Connect, Inspire and Lead.

Southern Methodist University

Samantha Delgado is a first-generation and first-year law student at SMU Dedman School of Law where she serves as the Vice President of SMU's Air & Space Law Society. Originally from Miami, Florida, she chose to pursue a legal education in the DFW area for its abundance of air and space operations. Her mission is to inspire others to implement their passions into their career goals. Post-law school graduation, she hopes to obtain her private pilot’s license and pursue a career in aviation law.

Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC)

Paula Popp is a master's student at ENAC specializing in International Air Transport Operations Management. Born in Romania, Paula moved to France at the age of 5. Her passion for aviation started early and has only grown stronger over time. Initially aspiring to be an astronaut, she found her true calling in aeronautics through her private pilot training.

With a strong background in Physics and Mathematics, Paula pursued a double major after her Baccalaureate. Alongside her studies, she has been dedicated to teaching private lessons and actively engaging in volunteer activities.

Paula’s involvement in aviation-related associations, such as Airexpo and FlyImpulse, reflects her commitment to the field. She has helped organize the Airexpo airshow as member of the Partnership committee and participated in the Hackathon Hack'célération 3.0 focused on sustainable aviation. After the Hackathon, she decided to join the organizing committee at the FlyImpulse, an ENAC association, as a member of the events division.

Cranfield University

Jemimah Maina is currently pursuing an MSc in Airport Planning and Management at Cranfield University's School of Air Transport and Management. Her academic journey began with a Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to her current studies, Jemimah gained valuable experience working in the Operations and Safety Department's customer service section at the Kenya Airports Authority. This role provided her with insights into the intricacies of airport operations and the importance of prioritizing passengers' experiences.

Jemimah feels being selected as a recipient of a scholarship from the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) is both an honor and an incredible opportunity. It not only supports her academic pursuits but also enables her to connect, inspire, and lead within the aviation industry. She is grateful for this assurance that she will be able to complete my master's program, further my career, and make meaningful contributions to the industry.