Ray Aviation Scholarship

EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship

The EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship is a scholarship program that is funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA provides up to $11,000 to deserving youths to help cover their flight training expenses, totaling $1,800,000 in annual scholarship funding.

EAA chapters apply for a scholarship, and if approved, the chapter then awards the scholarship to a youth or young adult to help them become a pilot. In addition to scholarship funding, the chapter also helps mentor the scholar and supports them on their path to becoming a licensed pilot.

This scholarship is available for candidates 16-19 years old who are pursuing a Private Pilot or Sport Pilot certificate, and for candidates 15-19 years old who are pursuing a Glider Pilot certificate.

Learn more at EAA.org/RayScholarship

Hunter Collins was awarded the 2023 Ray Aviation Scholarship at the April gathering.  This is an $11,000 scholarship.  Hunter recently passed his written test for his private pilot certificate.  He also volunteers his time helping with chapter airplane builds/restorations.  He is currently helping to work on the engine for the J5 Cub project under the direction of chapter technical advisor, Jeff Scott. Congratulation, Hunter!






Else Rose received the news at EAA AirVenture 2022 that she’s been chosen as our next Ray Scholarship recipient. Sean Tucker and Jimmy Graham Co-Chairmen of the Young Eagles made the announcement with David Leiting with EAA. We think we kept the secret and surprised her and the many chapter members present! Thank you to the Ray Foundation for giving us the opportunity to award another EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship to a very deserving young lady.



Congratulations to Elsie Rose for being awarded this $10,000 Ray Foundation flight training scholarship. She is a very deserving young lady. She will continue to make us all proud!  Pictured: John Bailey, Treasurer, Tom Young, Vice-President, Else Rose, Ray Scholarship recipient, Tom White, President, Phyllis White, Secretary,  Brent Humphreys, Ray Scholarship Coordinator. Absent was our Member-At-Large, Benny Butler.


Garrett Cinch Liggett awarded the Ray Aviation Scholarship at EAA 1218's November Meeting. Congratulations to Cinch for receiving the Ray Aviation Scholarship to finish his private pilot certificate.  EAA Chapter 1218 is very proud of you! 



David Hines has been selected as an EAA Ray Aviation Foundation Scholar for 2021. 

David was presented with his scholarship at the EAA Chapter 1218 Fly-In, Camp-out event in June.