2019 RAY AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Ray Aviation Scholars program provides up to $10,000 scholarships to young people who are seeking to learn to fly. The Ray Foundation has provided $1 million to fund the scholarship program, which seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current industry standards of 20 percent to 80 percent for program participants. Local EAA chapters are responsible for identifying youth for the Ray Aviation Scholarship program and mentoring them through flight training. The Ray Foundation is furthering the legacy of James Ray, an EAA lifetime member who was dedicated to aviation and youth education. The initiative is designed to help meet the tremendous future demand for pilots and associated aviation careers. The scholarship is designed to support a flight student through both written and practical segments of flight training that are part of successful FAA pilot certification.
EAA 517 applied to receive one of the 100 scholarships and based on our submission information was granted one for 2019. Ray Aten is the scholarship coordinator and interviewed various young adults to receive our grant.
The fortunate recipient of the 2019 EAA 517 Ray Scholarship was of Stevensville.