Chapter 228 - Mesa, Arizona

Learn - Build - Fly

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.

Contact:   Chuck Flint -



Jayden is the recipient of the EAA Chapter 228 James C. Ray Scholarship valued at $10,000 for flight training.  Jayden wants to become a CFI.  He currently has about 7 hours of flight time with an instructor through the Explorers Aviation Post 352.


Jayden is 18 years old and lives in Gilbert with his mom, Julie and Dad, Kevin.  He is one of five children and has four sisters.  Jayden graduated from high school this year, and plans on attending college at the University of South Dakota and wants to complete his flight training this summer.  He was born in Idaho and moved here with his parents as a small child.

When Jayden was 8, he attended his first airshow; the Blue Angels and that fueled his desire to learn to fly.  Since then, his attention has shifted to commercial aviation.  He has built and flown several RC planes.  When he was in high school, he joined JROTC to learn about Air Force aviation.  During his junior year in high school, he attended the EVIT Aviation program where he learned systems for pilots and aviation maintenance.   During his senior year, he joined Explorers Aviation Post 352 and that is where he is currently flying with volunteer CFI’s. 

With the James C. Ray Scholarship, he will be able to save some money from his part time job for college.  

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