EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship

EAA Chapter 179 qualified for participation in EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship program for the past four years (20192022), enabling us to support flight students through their Private Pilot check ride.  We have applied for our 7th Ray Scholarship for 2023 and should be notified by March 2023.. 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

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