Educational Institutions

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation

  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • www.wingsoveramerica.us

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO DEPENDENT CHILD REN AND SPOUSES OF US NAVY AVIATION PERSONNEL - OFFICER AND ENLI STED - ACTIVE DUTY, RETIRED OR DECEASED, RECIPIENTS ARE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF SCHOLASTIC MERIT, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CHARACTER

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship program
  2. Administered Scholarships
  3. Funding a College Education Seminars
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our scholarship winners come from all over the world and even some overseas. Wherever the Navy serves, WOASF is there to serve our dependents.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Christine Wilson

Keywords

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Scholarships, Navy, Dependents

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Also Known As

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation

EIN

54-1846969

 Number

6596076376

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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WOASF has been fortunate to meet new benchmarks every year. We continually increase our scholarship awards to keep pace with tuition increases - 2015 $2500 ave. scholarship, 2016- $3000 ave. scholarship.
We have also increase the number o renewable scholarships each year so our recipients can make informed decisions in choosing schools know what funding they have for four years.
WOASF has added scholarships for Community College and Trade and Technical schools because we are aware that a traditional four year college is not the only way (and sometimes not the best way) to reach career goals.
Finally, we increase our administered scholarship program each year, making it easier for dependents to find, apply for and win multiple scholarships with just one application. We are working smarter not harder to help students fund their education.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship program

WOASF provides over 50 scholarships to Navy dependents from the aviation community. 15-20 awards are renewable for up to 4 years, the rest are annual awards for which students may apply each year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$195,000

Program 2

Administered Scholarships

WOASF eases the application for scholarships by administering over 10 additional scholarship programs,so with one application, students can win multiple awards.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

40,000

Program 3

Funding a College Education Seminars

Free presentations to military families about maximizing education benefits and finding an applying for scholarships.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

5,000

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of students who apply for scholarships

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Adults

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2. Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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No target populations selected

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Attendees for College Funding information

3. Number of organizational partners

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No target populations selected

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Administered Scholarship partners

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    WOASF tries to reduce the college debt of the students we serve. Military dependents face different challenges than their civilian peers and we are trying to level the playing field.
    Military moves can be challenging to education - different curriculum and graduation requirements, loss of extra-curricular and leadership opportunities, missing deadlines for specialized programs, etc. Additionally, it is difficult to participate in "pre-paid tuition" or 529 programs when you don't know what state or country you'll be living in when that time comes.
    WOASF mitigates these circumstances by providing a scholarship applicant pool with similar life experiences.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We promote our scholarship program all over the world, concentrating on schools located near Navy bases and commands. We provide a comprehensive list of military affiliated scholarships and programs for our dependents. Even if they don't qualify for our scholarship, we can direct them to other programs that better suit them.
    We also host Funding Education presentations to help families learn how to access their military education benefits and related programs to help alleviate the financial burden of a college education.
    Finally, we increase fundraising each year to support more scholarships for bigger amounts so we can assist more students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our foundation is partnering with other military organizations to help spread the word and resources to students throughout the country.
    We have increased outreach in densely populated Navy areas (CA, FL, VA etc.). this includes not only providing information and resources but also ,galvanizing donors in these areas to support their community.
    We are increasing our volunteer pool an staff hours to help keep up with the increase of our applicant pool. More applications and more scholarships mean more scholarship administration hours. We are fortunate that we have the staff and volunteers to keep up with this demand.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We track our scholars and their graduation rate. We ask for yearly updates and then anecdotes to relate back to our donors about how the scholarship assisted them with their college education. All report not only a relief from loans, but also having the freedom to pursue additional activities in college, whether a team, club, volunteering, travel abroad etc. which enhanced their overall college experience.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been able to increase scholarship awards each year, but have not been able to keep up with demand. We have many worthy applicants that are denied because of a limitation of funds for scholarships. If we had a greater amount of funding, we can help more students with their education. We try to keep an award rate of 20%, but applications increase at a faster rate than donations.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our scholarship winners come from all over the world and even some overseas. Wherever the Navy serves, WOASF is there to serve our dependents.

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Funding Needs

Our scholarship program relies solely on the generosity of corporate and individual donations. With the rising costs of a college education, we must increase our scholarships awards as tuition continues to rise. Therefore we need to expand our donor base to meet the demands of keeping up with rising costs and remaining relevant for our recipients.

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Financials

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WINGS OVER AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP FDTN
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Christine Wilson

BIO

Christine was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She attended Goucher College, majoring in Russian and International Relations with a minor in Secondary Education. Upon graduation, Christine moved to Virginia Beach and attended Old Dominion University, obtaining a Masters in Education in Counseling.
Throughout Navy moves with her husband, Christine worked as both a teacher and counselor in Virginia Beach Public Schools, San Diego Country Public and Private schools as well as for the Independent Living Skills Program of San Diego County.
Christine started volunteering for Wings Over the Atlantic in 2001 as a scholarship reader. As the all volunteer group expanded, now including the west coast and a name change to Wings Over America, so did her roll, adding fundraiser and golf tournament planner. Christine has planned nearly 20 golf tournaments for the organization in San Diego, Virginia Beach, Pax River and Jacksonville.
With a move back to Virginia Beach in 2008, Christine became a WOASF part time employee in 2009 and Executive Director in 2011. In 2013, she earned her certificate in nonprofit management. She also has extensive knowledge in college planning, and scholarship research.
Christine is an active community volunteer including; PTA president, baseball
coach, CCD teacher and church cantor. She and her husband, Craig, have two
children and reside in Virginia Beach.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

RADM Rich O'Hanlon USN, (Ret.)

Lockheed Martin

Term: Aug 2016 - Aug 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity