EAA has announced it will fund up to $10,000 each toward the cost of flight training for up to 100 young people, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Ray Foundation. The foundation, based in Naples, Florida, aims to help boost the flight-training success rate from the current 20 percent to 80 percent. The scholarship program will be managed by EAA, and is expected to continue annually. Chapter members will identify former Young Eagles for the Ray Aviation Scholars program and mentor them through flight training.
The local chapters’ participation is critical to the success of the program, EAA said. Chapters must apply to EAA to be selected as a Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund approved chapter, and then can recommend candidates on a quarterly basis. More details about how chapters can participate will be explained in a 90-minute online webinar on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Central Time. Preregistration for the webinar is open now at the EAA website. The Ray Foundation also pitched in a half-million last year to fund scholarships at the University of North Dakota. The foundation aims to further the legacy of James C. Ray, who died last year. He was dedicated to aviation and to supporting education for youth.