The time is right for women everywhere to evolve their passions into their own unique expressions of careers and lifestyles unrestricted by traditions, glass ceilings or any other limitations. Abingdon Foundation strives to influence, encourage and embolden women in their pursuits of extraordinary lives through sponsorships, community outreach & networking opportunities.
Ensuring that young women have the tools and connections they need to succeed.
Women inspiring women to do more and be more… in your hometown!
It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.
of pilots are women
Bachelors Degrees in Computer Science earned by women
of Scientists & Engineers are women minorities
of Fortune 500 CEOs are women (2017)
BREAKING GLASS CEILINGS
Hunger is a continually growing epidemic. 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force are women, but they are not often given the education, resources, rights or the voice to affect positive change. Whether you prefer your own backyard garden or a 200 acre farm, growing food is a skill that helps the world. Besides, making your own jams, or eating your own corn from your yard is some of the best tasting food you will have!
The aviation industry is open to all who seek its thrills and adventures. There are never two days the same and so many talented females engage in varying roles. From Flight Dispatcher to Airline Captain, Airport Operations Specialist to Fueler, Private Pilot to Flight Attendant, there is a valued place for all who work in aviation. Aim high….
Women divers are contributing to the global exploration of the sea and leading the search for understanding and innovation of our underwater world. Since 71% of our planet is covered in water, divers are pioneers in the science, geography, and innovation required to understand this earth. Women divers set records, share the sport, and contribute to our understanding of the ecosystems around us in ways unlike ever before. Ladies, it’s time to dive.
Some of the most prominent equestrians in the world are women. This regal sport requires elegance, maturity, and discipline. More and more women are showing, riding, and jumping – and women are the backbone of equestrian teams. Veterinarians, teams, coaches, and show women are the future of this rigorous sport.
Women in engineering have gone as far back as 400 CE (Hypatia of Alexandria is credited with inventing the hydrometer) and have continued to make strides in agricultural, environmental, biomedical, structural, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Now with famous toys like GoldieBlox, little girls are getting exposure earlier in life to the amazing world of engineering!
From Rosie the Riveter to the female crane operators you don’t know you see almost every day, women have been making their mark with the biggest equipment out there. Whether in the factory, the mine, or on the drill site, skill and determination make the difference- not gender.
Historically, the conservative watch making industry has been run by men only. That said, women are now leading renowned watch companies such as USA’s Abingdon Co. and Switzerland’s Boucheron and Jaeger LeCoultre. It’s TIME for women to get involved in this beautiful and complicated side of the jewelry industry.
Keeping our neighborhoods safe is a worldwide concern. Women have proven invaluable in law enforcement, relying more on communication than force to defuse dangerous situations. Currently, only 13% of police officers are women, and even fewer in leadership roles. Imagine how the narrative could change with more women using their unique perspectives to keep the peace.
Women make up less than 15% of the Armed Forces. Women are now able to serve in combat roles and have broken barriers in other positions as well. Senior leadership is increasingly filled by females in each service as we continue to serve and lead in demanding military environments.
Move over Weinstein, women are producing more and more films and the box office is seeing a higher percentage of films with strong leading female roles as a result. Also in the music industry, women are creating new beats daily, and worldwide, music has never been so eclectic.
Bringing Possibilities to Women Worldwide
The 2018/2019 “It’s About Time” Sponsorships will be awarded to a young woman who will receive a full registration to 1 of 3 industry conferences (Women in Aviation International, Heli Expo or DEMA) including
Along with first access to seminars and multiple networking opportunities, we will introduce the winners to key people in their industries who will share their experiences.
Applicants are not required to be pilots, divers or even be established in the aviation or dive industries. The goal is to invite someone to see all of the different avenues of their industries (i.e. aviation includes: engineering to aerobatics to maintenance and airlines).
We are accepting submissions for 3 sponsorships for 2018 and 6 sponsorships for 2019. These sponsorships are awarded internationally and there are no pre-requisites like flight time,
Application Due Dates:
WAI Conference (Aviation Industry) – 01/31/2018 23:59 PST
Heli Expo (Helicopter Industry) – 01/31/2018 23:59 PST
DEMA (SCUBA Dive Industry) – 09/14/2018 23:59 PST
"Abingdon, getting to come to this conference right after getting my PPL was absolutely perfect and so timely. Not only was the conference one of those ‘far, far better things’, but also opened a lot of possibilities and encouraged me in so many ways. Thank you for offering this scholarship!"
Award Recipient, 2016
"I have been deeply moved by my experiences, peaked desire to fly and the empowerment of women through the WAI conference of 2017. It has been pivotal and extremely wonderful!"
Award Recipient, 2017
"I learnt lessons, like the need to have business cards, the importance of networking and the integration of the word ‘awesome' into the Irish language.....It's a great word to be fair!"
Award Recipient, 2014
President“Since I was 14, I’ve wanted to be a pilot – but it wasn’t until I was 22 that I met my first female pilot. 8 years is too long for a young girl to meet someone that inspires.”
Secretary“I love being an Airbus Captain, but it was difficult to achieve without guidance. Abingdon Foundation will change that!”
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on flying anyway.” by Mary Kay Ash
Bethany Miller“Success is building a community of women achieving boundaryless careers, like serving in the military and STEAM fields.”
Jane Sonak“I’m dedicated to helping young women achieve their goals as IT and cyber professionals, and as a retired Army officer, I know the importance of mentors and building communities.”
Denise Wiktor“I remember when some careers were not options for women. Abingdon helps women make the connections to guide them into their dream career.”
Melinda Viteri“Believe in BIG adventures in this lifetime! Sometimes you just have to take a risk and build your wings on the way down.”
The world changes because YOU help change it.
Women succeed when YOU encourage us.
Opportunities happen because YOU donate (time, talent, funds, resources, connections, etc.).
Abingdon Foundation needs YOU. Please consider how you can best contribute. We look forward to working with you, talking to you, sharing with you, and transforming the world. Sign up here and indicate your level of interest!
(Our 501(c)(3) status from the IRS is pending. IRS Pub 557 indicates that the effective date of our exemption will be retroactive to our date of incorporation.)
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