Ray Aviation Scholarship News

The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA national and administered through local EAA chapters. The James C. Ray Foundation furthers the vision and work of the late James C. Ray.

Mr. Ray was one of the most prolific aviation philanthropists of our time, with much of his work done anonymously. He was responsible for the funding and construction of the EAA Air Academy Lodge and advancing the Air Academy program. His foundation continues to support youth in aviation through funding the Ray Aviation Scholars program.

It was announced at AirVenture 2021 that the Ray Aviation Scholars program will be increased from $1.2 million to $1.4 million. This is great news for deserving future scholars. We are very thankful to the Ray Foundation for their generosity and support.

Ray Scholars receive up to $10,000 for flight training expenses toward obtaining a Private Pilot Certificate. The scholar must be between the ages of 16-19 and meet all FAA requirements. Local chapters are responsible for selecting scholars and mentoring them through their flight training. The Ray Scholars are responsible for completing their flight training, promoting the spirit of aviation thru giving back to the aviation community, and volunteering each month for their chapter needs.

Chapter 1541 is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2021 Ray Scholarship and we are currently searching for a Ray Scholar candidate. If you are between the ages of 16-19, interested in aviation, a current Chapter 1541 member, and want to earn your Private Pilot Certificate please reach out and let us know.

We invite you and your family to our next Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 21 from 8:00-10:00 to learn more about the Ray Aviation Scholar Program.

If you are interested in becoming a pilot, you should also review these two FAA websites for valuable information.