Chapter 1358

Dothan, Alabama

Ray Aviation Scholarship

EAA Ray Aviation ScholarshipThrough 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.

This year, our chapter will award one $10,000 dollar flight training scholarship to a deserving individual.

Candidates must email their application letter to eaa1358@gmail.com and the applications must detail their education, experiences with aviation, and reasons why you want to learn to fly.

Applications must be received by September 15, 2021 and the scholarship winner will be announced no later than September 29, 2021.

Local candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 16-19 for powered flight training
  • Possession of a student pilot certificate
  • Possession of FAA medical certificate (private pilot students)
  • Be able to begin their flight training within 60 days of receiving the award

Additional consideration will be given to candidates who are former Young Eagles, EAA student members, and actively participating in the EAA Flight Plan, specifically the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.

Once selected by the chapter, the candidate will also be screened by EAA through an application process. If approved by EAA, the scholarship recipient will have to comply with the following requirements:

  • Partake in two hours of chapter volunteer service per month, such as:
    • Young Eagles rally volunteering.
    • Volunteer at pancake breakfast/fly-ins
    • Chapter build project support
    • Chapter gathering participation
    • Chapter social media and website maintenance
  • Submit regular progress reports during monthly check-ins
  • Reach designated flight training milestones, as outlined by EAA's training timeline
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