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. For information and application instructions for the three programs we administer:

  • Chapter 179 Aviation Scholarships:  Up to $1,500 may be provided to 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.  February 15 application deadline.
  • EAA Advanced Air Academy:  Each year, we cover 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. February 15 application deadline.
  • EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship:  In 2019, 1920, and 2021, 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 qualify for future grants. Applications for 2022 will open in December 2021. Watch our Website and/or Newsletter for details.

EAA Chapter 179 awarded over $61,000 to twenty-eight recipients from 2017 through 2021, including Chapter Aviation Scholarships and Air Academy Tuition.  This includes grants totaling  $6,200 so far in 2022 and $9,210 in 2020.  Also, for each of 2019, 1920, and 2021, 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.  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.  Given cancellations of all 2020 chapter fundraising events, we are especially grateful for any donations. We’re delighted 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 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.