31 May Smart Girl Pilot Shaesta Waiz is Flying Around the World to Promote STEM
Born in a refugee camp and escaping with her family to the United States in 1987 from Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War, Shaesta grew up to become the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. In addition, she was also the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
While enrolled at Embry-Riddle, she spearheaded something called the Women’s Ambassador Program. It was an initiative intending to mentor and support young women pursuing an education in aviation and engineering. She later would found the organization Dreams Soar to reach even more women around the world and “let them know it is possible to achieve your dreams, regardless of the challenges and traditions you may face.”
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