Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses, totaling nearly $1,200,000 in scholarships annually.
The program is supported by more than 100 EAA chapters, and supports close to 120 scholars.
Each year, our chapter supports one scholar, between the ages of 16 and 19, in the form funding and mentorship to help him or her earn their pilot certificate.
Trent McBride is the first Ray Aviation Scholarship Private Pilot
July 3, 2019 - Trent McBride of EAA Chapter 1218 in Willow Springs, Missouri, has passed his private pilot checkride, becoming the first of the Ray scholars to accomplish that goal.
"The support from EAA Chapter 1218 and the local aviation community to help Trent achieve his first step in pursuing a career as a professional pilot is what the Ray Aviation Scholars program is all about, and is a true testament to EAA's commitment to growing participation in aviation," EAA Chapter Field Representative II David Leiting said. "Trent conducted his flight training with the Ozark Aviators Flying Club, a club formed by the members of EAA Chapter 1218. To have the first Ray scholar to complete their flight training follow this pathway is outstanding, and should be a model for other chapters to follow."
Trent was awarded his EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship in March and has been working toward his certificate under the instruction of Mike Ennis and James Ennis. Trent graduated high school this spring and will be pursuing a career in aviation while attending College of the Ozarks and playing basketball.
Chapter President Tom White said Trent's rapid progression through his training was facilitated by a strong work ethic and support from family, his mentor (Glenda Ennis), and Chapter 1218 members. Trent accomplished his solo flight on April 26, the FAA knowledge test on June 14, and his practical test on June 27
Trent shown with one of his flight instructors, Mike Ennis, in the Ozark Aviators Club 172.