EAA Chapter 22

Cottonwood Airport, Rockford, IL

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/RayScholars

EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship

Ray Aviation Scholarship Program

For each of the last three years, Chapter 22 has supported a flight training student, between the ages of 16 and 19, in the form funding and mentorship to help him or her earn their private pilot certificate.  In addition, through the generosity of our community and donations at our chapter activities, we have also been able to fund a number of smaller grants for flight students to help them get closer to this goal.

We have also been blessed with access to training aircraft and flight instructors at very modest costs, which have allowed us to stretch our available dollars to reach even more students.  Thanks!


Ground School

The chapter also conducts a ground school on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM at the EAA hanger on Cottonwood Airport.  Certified ground instructor Mark Grocholl helps new students (or rusty old pilots!) pick up the basics and get ready to take their written FAA test.  Other student pilots (or even if you have a pilots license or are just thinking about it,) are welcome to join us.  This is free to chapter members or $25 to non-members.

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