Category Archives: Scholarships

Chapter 179 Scholarships – History

EAA Chapter 179 awarded over $61,000 to twenty-eight recipients from 2017 through 2021, including Chapter 179 Scholarships and Air Academy Tuition.  This includes grants totaling  $14,200 in 2020 and $12,300 in 2019.  Also, for each of 2019 and 2020, we qualified for participation in the EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program with grants up to $10,000 to support  a student to completion of their Private Pilot certificate.

2021 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Scott Hofmann – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Everett Taylor – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Vladislav Sevostianov – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

Sergio Morales – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2020 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Jacob Edington – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Jesus Perez – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Madison Thompson – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Sophie Haag – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2019 Aviation 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

2018 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Madison Thompson – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Kyle Usiak  –  Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Luke McKee – EAA 179 Scholarship
Sam E. Baczkiewicz –  EAA 179 Scholarship

2017 Aviation Scholarship Recipients     Presentation (pdf)
Zachary Andrews – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Nathan Mendoza – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Moloney – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Nicholas Pashenkov – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Kasia Segieda – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2016 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Riley Brainard – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Joshua Skeen – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Moloney- George Applebay Memorial Scholarship
Isaac Wilson – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2015 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Joel Stribling – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Volgenin-Kulikoff – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Isaac Wilson – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Mark Chappell – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2014 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Gerald Gayle – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Ruth Darsey – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Seth Rozzelle – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2013 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Leigh Tu – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
Jeffrey Salazar – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
Connor Welch – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2011 Aviation Scholarship Recipients
Justin Denman – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
Maya Robinson – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

Advanced Air Academy Scholarship Recipients
2020     Scott Morgan and Nicholas Romo  (scheduled to attend in 2021)
2019     Joel Inventor and Jesus Perez
2018     Alec Villereal
2017     Sam Baczkiewicz
2016     Ryan Moloney
2015     Ryan Moloney
2014     Mark Chappell

Basic Air Academy Scholarship Recipients
2015     Ashley Fried
2014     Mark Chappell

Ray Scholar Recipients

2020 RAY SCHOLARS, Sophia Haag, Jacob Edington

Sophie Haag, 2020 Ray Scholar

Sophia Haag, w/”Legs”

For 2020, Sophie Haag was selected, after she had already soloed on New Year’s Day 2020.  Sophie proceeded to complete her written exam and passed her Private Pilot check ride in August 2020! Congrats Sophie!

With remaining funds, Chapter 179 selected Jacob Edington as a second 2020 Ray Scholar.  Jacob had just started his flight training, using the chapter scholarship.

2019 RAY SCHOLAR, Rowan Phlieger

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. Rowan completed her PPL over the summer in time to start at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.

Donate Button with Credit CardsWant to Contribute?  DONATE TODAY! We appreciate donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  Donate online or send a check to “EAA  179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Chapter 179 Scholarships – 2020

Congratulations to recipients and best wishes for achieving your aviation goals!

We granted a total of $14,200 in chapter scholarships including two Air Academy full tuition scholarships.  This includes our chapter’s $5000 match to guarantee receiving a 2020 Ray Scholarship grant.  Meet the Recipients! (PDF file)

Chapter Scholarships

Jacob Edington
Jesus Perez
Madison Thompson
Sophie Haag

2020 Ray Aviation Scholars

Sophie Haag
Jacob Edington

EAA Air Academy Scholarship Recipients rescheduled for 2021

Scott  Morgan
Nicholas Romo


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Want to Contribute?  DONATE TODAY!  We appreciate donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  Donate online or send a check to “EAA  179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship

EAA Chapter 179 qualified for participation in EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship program for the past three years (20192021), enabling us to support flight students through their Private Pilot check ride.  We have applied for our 4th Ray Scholarship for 2022 and should be notified by March 2022.. If accepted by EAA, our Chapter has the opportunity to nominate a student pilot age 15-19 who aspires to earn a Private Pilot certificate within the coming year.

Ray Scholars may receive up to $10,000 to be used for flight training expenses, whether pursuing flying as a career or hobby. In addition, recipients receive mentoring, support, and progress monitoring to ensure successful completion of flight training. Recipients are expected to participate in Chapter activities, provide regular reports on progress, and achieve stringent flight training milestones.

The Chapter identifies candidates for the Ray Scholarship from among youth who are energetically engaged in aviation activities such as enrolled in or completed aviation educational courses, who participate in local aviation related organizations, and who are enthusiastic about becoming a pilot. Ray Scholarship recipients are typically selected from Chapter 179 Scholarship applicants or may be nominated by Chapter members.

For additional information on the national EAA Ray Aviation Scholar program, download the Ray Aviation Scholarship Scholar’s Handbook (PDF file).

EAA 179 Ray Scholarship Recipients – New Pilots!

Sophie Haag, 2020 Ray Scholar

Sophia Haag, 2020 Ray Scholar w/”Legs”

For 2020, Sophie Haag was selected, after she had already soloed on New Year’s Day 2020.  Sophie proceeded to complete her written exam and passed her Private Pilot check ride in August 2020! Congrats Sophie!

With remaining funds, Chapter 179 selected Jacob Edington as a second 2020 Ray Scholar.  Jacob had just started his flight training, using the chapter scholarship.

2019 Ray Scholar, Rowan Phlieger

In 2019, Chapter 179 selected Rowan Phlieger to receive our first Ray Aviation Fund scholarship to complete Private Pilot training. Having begun flight training at SAMS Academy, she set her sights on obtaining her Private Pilot certificate before starting college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. With support of EAA 179 members and the Ray Scholarship, Rowan successfully achieved that goal and has since completed her Instrument Rating at ERAU and is working on her Commercial Rating.

Questions? Email us: Chapter@eaa179.org

Donate Button with Credit CardsLike what you see?  DONATE TODAY! We appreciate donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship funds. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.   Donate online or send a check to “EAA 179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

EAA Advanced Air Academy Scholarships

The Advanced Air Academy is completely booked for 2022 since it was not held in 2020 or 2021. If interested in EAA’s 2023 Advance Air Academyy, let us know at chapter@eaa179.org. Although there may be a waitlist, we understand it is fully booked. .

EAA Chapter 179 supports a full tuition scholarship to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The weeklong Air Academy provides an atmosphere for mature students to become totally immersed in the world of flight while housed at the EAA’s Air Academy Lodge. Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this meaningful, action-packed week. It combines “in-the-air” and “on-the-ground” hands-on activities. Attendees also have an opportunity to experience EAA’s AirVenture. (Note: The recipient is responsible for providing transportation to Oshkosh and return. Assistance to cover travel may be available via separate application to EAA.)

An important criteria is the applicant’s commitment to pursuing aviation. An application that describes personal accomplishments or work-in-progress assist the committee selection. For example, for those with a goal of becoming a pilot, EAA offers a guide for attaining a pilot certificate (“Pilot Training Steps“); progress on such activities may demonstrate  commitment. 

NOTE:  Additional Air Academies are conducted all summer in Oshkosh for various age groups (Young Eagles, Basic, and Advanced) and one can apply directly for EAA national scholarships.  All the details at:  EAA Air Academy.

Questions? Email us at: chapter@eaa179.org

Donate Button with Credit CardsDONATE TODAY!  We encourage donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  Donate online or send a check to “EAA  179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Chapter 179 Aviation Scholarships – 2022 Program

The 2021 Program has been completed with awards to 5 recipients. The call for Applications for 2022 Scholarships will be available from 1 January 2022 through 15 February 2022. See the adjacent flyer for details and link to the application site.. Check here and monitor Facebook for updates.

The Albuquerque Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association awards scholarships annually to candidates pursuing aviation education including flight training, A&P certification, or other activities for applicants intent on entering an aviation-related occupation. Applicants must be 25 years of age or less and residents of New Mexico. The amount and number of grants are determined each year and contingent on available funding.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be 25 years of age or less and a resident of New Mexico.
  • Describe your interest in aviation and your future including your aviation goal(s), how much ($) you are requesting, specific justification for how it will be spent, any connections to EAA Chapter 179, any aviation experience and achievements, and how you will give back to the community after reaching your goals.
  • Provide a copy of an unofficial school transcript.
  • Provide at least one reference letter (no more than three) from someone other than a family member who is familiar with your motivation, ability, and potential regarding aviation.

An important criteria is the applicant’s commitment to pursuing aviation. An application that describes personal accomplishments or work-in-progress assist the committee selection. For example, for those with a goal of becoming a pilot, EAA offers a guide for attaining a pilot certificate (“Pilot Training Steps“); progress on such activities may demonstrate  commitment. Scholarship funds are not to be used for general studies and school expenses.

Questions?  Email us at: chapter@eaa179.org

Donate Button with Credit CardsLike what we’re doing?   You Can Help!  We appreciate donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship funds. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  Donate online or send a check to “EAA 179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Scholarships Offered by EAA Chapter 179

EAA Chapter 179 is dedicated to introducing youth to aviation and supporting advancement of their aviation education through scholarships. Click on the following links for information and application instructions for the three programs we administer:

  • Chapter 179 Aviation Scholarships:  For 2022 we 
    awarded four $2,000 scholarships! These cover expenses related to flight training, A&P certification, or other educational programs for New Mexico applicants up to 25 years of age, pursuing an aviation-related occupation.
  • EAA Advanced Air Academy:  In years past we have covered full tuition for New Mexico youth ages 16 – 18 to this week long program in Oshkosh, Wisconsin which overlaps with EAA’s AirVenture, the world’s biggest aviation celebration. The application window is 1 Jan 15 Feb 2022.
  • EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship:  In 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, EAA selected our chapter to award this prestigious scholarship of up to $10,000 to help student pilots age 15 – 19 achieve their Private Pilot certificate. We hope to continue to qualify for future grants. Applications for 2023 will open on 1 January 2023. See the flyer for details, QR code, and online application site.

EAA Chapter 179 awarded over $67,000 from 2018 through 2022, including Chapter Aviation Scholarships, Air Academy tuition and Ray scholarships.  For grant history and inspiring stories of past 179 scholarship recipients, click here.

Funding Relies on Generous Donors

Chapter scholarships are funded by a combination of donations and from funds from activities throughout the year.  We’re proud to say that most recipients have proceeded towards their goals.

Donate Button with Credit CardsLike what you see? Want to Contribute?  We appreciate donations of any amount to our main scholarship fund, the Reimer Scholarship Fund, the Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship, or Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship. Chapter 179 is a 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization. Donate online or send a check to “EAA 179 Scholarship”; P.O. Box 3583; Albuquerque, NM 87190.

EAA Chapter 179 Scholarships – old

Chapter Aviation Scholarships

2021 Scholarship Flyer

EAA 179 Scholarship Info-2021

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. Funds are paid directly to the school/instructor on behalf of the recipient.  All applications to be completed online.

$12,000 AWARDED TO 2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS! 

2019 Chapter 179 Aviation Scholarship Award 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

2019 EAA Advanced Air Academy Tuition Recipients

Joel Inventor
Jesus Perez

2019 RAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO Rowan Phlieger!

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! 

Read about eligibility requirements for Ray Scholars HERE.

Submitting Applications for 2020 Scholarships

Applications for 2020 Scholarships are to be submitted using an Online Form, where you will find further information and the application form. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2020;  recipients will be notified by the March Chapter 179 meeting when awards will be presented.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be 25 years of age or less and be a resident of New Mexico.
  • In 2 pages or less, describe  your interest in aviation and your future including how much ($) you are requesting, JUSTIFY specifically how it will be spent, your aviation goals, any connections to EAA Chapter 179, level of aviation experience and achievements, and how you will give back to the community after reaching your goals.
  • Provide a copy of an unofficial school transcript.
  • Provide at least one reference letter (no more than three) from someone other than a family member who is familiar with your motivation, ability, and potential regarding aviation. Scan and upload both as PDF files.

Wish to Apply?  Browse to the Application Form
Questions?
  Send to scholarships@eaa179.org

DONATE TODAY! 
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We encourage and 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.

For scholarships to EAA’s Air Academy, click here.

EAA 179 AWARDED $10,400 TO 2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS! 

Meet our 2017 Recipients – click for presentation

2017 Aviation Scholarship Recipients:  $1500

  • Zachary Andrews – Jay Schmitt Memorial Scholarship
  • Nathan Mendoza – Bob Hartman Memorial Scholarship
  • Ryan Moloney – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
  • Nicholas Pashenkov – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship
  • Kasia Segieda – EAA 179 Aviation Scholarship

2017 EAA Advanced Air Academy Tuition Recipients:  $1455

  • Larissa “Lacey” Stickney
  • Sam Baczkewicz