IAWA scholarship 2021 for Leanne van Dam

News - 20 July 2021

Every year, the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) awards a scholarship to a female student at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. This year the scholarship of 5,000 USD goes to master student and former VSV president Leanne van Dam. Chris Ison, scholarship chair of IAWA: "Van Dam's demonstrated leadership skills strongly resonate with IAWA's commitment to connect, inspire and lead." Leanne van Dam: "I want to be a role model who inspires young engineers to live their dreams. Being a member of the global IAWA network helps me do that."

IAWA scholarship promotes female leadership
Every year, the IAWA awards a scholarship to a female student, at a select number of universities, who is studying the field of aviation. So too at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft. IAWA's goal: to cultivate and stimulate female leadership in the aviation industry by means of a worldwide network, events and scholarships, among other things. We at the faculty wholeheartedly support that goal to make our community more inclusive and diverse. The IAWA scholarship consists of $5,000 for tuition and educational expenses, attendance at the IAWA conference - this year in Charleston, South Carolina - and membership in the IAWA global network of women leaders in aviation.

Who is Leanne van Dam?
Leanne van Dam is currently doing her MSc Aerospace Engineering in the track 'Control & Simulation' and the MSc honours programme. She also previously did her BSc Aerospace Engineering at the faculty. Many also know her as the first female president of study association VSV Leonarda da Vinci (Sept. 2019 to Sept. 2020). After her studies, Van Dam aspires to a career as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force. Chair of the scholarship committee of IAWA, Chris Ison, about the choice for Leanne: "It is apparent that Leanne is a well-rounded student with many interests, and her demonstrated leadership skills strongly resonate with IAWA’s commitment to Connect, Inspire and Lead. Her passion for aviation is something she shares with every IAWA member.” For Van Dam, being awarded the scholarship means she can build a network with inspiring female leaders in the aviation industry. Van Dam: "‘I look forward to the conference and the people I will meet. Sharing experiences and learning from those of fellow students and members of IAWA will be very valuable.”

More information about IAWA and the conference - also open to other female students and staff - can be found here.

Read more about previous winners of the IAWA scholarship here:

Giulia Gatti
Julia Radius