Chapter 724

Merritt Island, Florida

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

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 724 has been selected to sponsor another Ray Scholar for 2024!

- The online application form for this Ray Scholarship is at:

This competitive scholarship is designed to sponsor a young person between 16 – 19 years old to obtain their private pilot’s license.  The EAA will pay up to $11,000 toward flight training costs which includes but is not limited to the instructor’s time, the aircraft rental, insurance, and training materials.  These funds are granted to our candidate and are generously donated to the EAA by the Ray Foundation.

To be eligible, the applicant MUST:

1 – be between 16 and 19 years old as of May 1st;
2 – submit online application by May 1, 2024:
3 - have flown as an EAA Young Eagle;
4 - obtain an FAA medical by May 1, 2024;
5 - obtain an FAA Student Pilot certificate by May 1,2024;
6 - have completed Ground School and passed the Airmen Knowledge Test by July 31, 2024.

Applications must be received no later than May 1, 2024, to be considered for this scholarship.  We will be opening an online application site which utilizes an electronic application form on the chapter web site within the next week.  A notice will be sent to our eligible Young Eagles when the site is available.  Electronic submission is preferred however mail in applications may be submitted to:

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) CHAPTER 724
900 Airport Rd
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Applications will be reviewed by the Ray Scholar Chapter Selection Committee and a final selection will be sent to EAA Headquarters for approval.

Please call Kevin McGinty (440) 241-2176 if you have any questions.




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