EAA Chapter 179 Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients

The EAA Chapter 179 Scholarship Program

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 179 awards scholarships each year to applicants 25 years of age or less, currently seeking aviation education such as flight training, A&P certification, etc. The amount and number of grants are determined by our Board of Directors each year, contingent on funding available. These scholarships are funded by a combination of donations and from funds received by the Chapter from its activities throughout the year. The Chapter offers these scholarships:  Chapter Scholarships, Advanced Air Academy Scholarships, and Ray Scholarships.

Applications for Chapter and Advanced Air Academy Scholarships are accepted beginning in December of each year, with a deadline for submission in mid-February. Awards are announced in time for presentation at the March meeting of the Chapter. Recipients of Ray Scholarships are identified by Chapter members to youth who are actively engaged in their pursuit of aviation careers.

Chapter Scholarships

Chapter Scholarships are awarded to applicants 17-25 years age, for people seeking aviation-related careers. Up to $1,500 may be provided to cover expenses related to flight training, A&P certification, or other activities for applicants intent on entering an aviation-related occupation. See  Chapter Scholarships for requirements and application instructions.

Advanced Air Academy Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to youth 16-18 years of age covering full tuition for the EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, WI. The Camp is a week long program to introduce youth to the world of aviation. See Advanced Air Academy Scholarships for requirements and application instructions.

Ray Scholars

This prestigious scholarship is awarded to a youth who demonstrates commitment and readiness to earn their pilot certificate, plus a high probability for success. Ray Scholar requirements are stringent. Recipients must start training within 60 days and complete their pilot certificate within 12 months of receiving the award. Funding up to $10,000 is provided by a combination of Chapter funds and EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund. Volunteer involvement in EAA chapter activities is expected. See Ray Scholarships for requirements.

2020 Scholarship Awards

Chapter Scholarship Recipients

Jacob Edington
Jesus Perez
Madison Thompson
Sophie Haag (also selected as a Ray Scholarsiop awardee for 2020)

Advanced Air Academy Scholarship Recipients

Scott  Morgan
Nicholas Romo

Congratulations to these young folks, and best wishes for achieving your goals in aviation.

Recent Chapter 179 Scholarship Awards

From 2017-2019, we awarded over $26,000 to seventeen applicants.

2019 Chapter 179 Scholarship Awards

In 2019, the Chapter awarded $12,000 to recipients of the Chapter and Air Academy Scholarships

Chapter Scholarship Recipients

Taylor Jenkins – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Matthew McKelvey – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Kiera Bethke – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Samuel Cortes – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Christian Orehek – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Rowan Phlieger – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Alec Villarreal – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

Advanced Air Academy Scholarship Recipients

2019:     Joel Inventor and Jesus Perez
2018:     Alec Villereal
2017:     Sam Baczkiewicz
2016:     Ryan Moloney
2015:     Ashley Fried and Ryan Moloney
2014:     Mark Chappell


Chapter 179 was awarded EAA’s 2019 Ray Aviation Fund Scholarship. Rowan Phlieger was selected from 2019 chapter scholarship applicants to receive this $10,000 flight training scholarship to complete Private Pilot training. CONGRATULATIONS on achieving your PPL over the summer!



Donate Button with Credit CardsDONATE TODAY! We encourage & accept donations of any amount to our general scholarship fund,  the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship funds. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  Thus, all donations are fully TAX DEDUCTIBLE. To send a check, make it out to “EAA  179 Scholarship”  and mail to EAA Chapter 179; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.