Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA provides up to $11,000 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 EAA643 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.  Click here to see the latest updates about our current Ray Scholars.

EAA Chapter 643 Ray Scholarship 

The Ray Scholar applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of age 15 for glider raining. Age 16-19 for powered flight training.
  • Possession of a student pilot certificate.
  • Possession of FAA medical certificate (private pilot students).
  • Be able to begin their flight training within 60 days of receiving the award.
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates who are former Young Eagles, EAA student members, and actively participating in the EAA Flight Plan, specifically the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.

Scholarship finalists will also participate in an interview with our chapter scholarship committee.  Once selected by the chapter, you will also be screened by EAA through an application process. If approved by EAA, you will have to comply with the following requirements.

  • Partake in two hours of chapter volunteer service per month, such as: Young Eagles rally volunteering.
  • Pancake breakfast/fly-in volunteering. 
  • Chapter build project support.
  • Chapter gathering participation.
  • Submit regular progress reports, signed off by local chapter and CFI. 
  • Reach flight training milestones, as outlined by EAA’s training timeline.

How do I apply?

Application submittal for this scholarship is now closed.
Stay tuned for additional information.

Click here for:  EAA643 Ray Scholarship Application 

Please submit completed application via email to Joe Preston

Questions?  Please contact Scholarship Committee member: Joe Preston 
or at 908-963-8431 

Thank you.        


Last updated: 7-18-2023