Ray Aviation Scholarship presented to Jessica Postle

Aviation Scholarship Opportunity Presented to Newark Resident by Local EAA Chapter 402

Award part of annual $1.2 million Ray Aviation Scholarship program

Newark, Ohio, May 28, 2020 – Eighteen year old Jessica Postle of Newark, Ohio has received a unique full scholarship opportunity for flight training, thanks to EAA Chapter 402 of Newark/Heath and the Ray Aviation Scholarship program administered by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pictures

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 $1.2 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.

In the first year of the program, 105 scholars were awarded flight training scholarships. The success rate for those scholars is likely to exceed the goal of 80 percent.
Jessica will be training at Aviation Works Flight School based at the Newark-Heath Airport, also known as Treneff Field. 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 chapters play a critical role in the success of the Ray Aviation Scholarship program. Chapters interested in participating are prequalified by EAA through an application process. If selected, they mentor and support the scholarship recipient throughout their flight training journey. Once selected as a Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund participant, candidates also commit to volunteer service with the local EAA chapter.

EAA Chapter 402 is one of 900 local chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the world’s largest organization for recreational flying. It meets at the clubhouse at 520 Heath Road, Heath, Ohio on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The meeting is preceded by a pot-luck supper at 6:15pm. More information on EAA Chapter 402 is available at eaa402.org. Readers may recognize EAA 402 through our Young Eagles Rallies (free flights for kids) which is how Jessica was introduced to aviation.

About EAA

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 230,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying,
building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.

For more information contact: Tom McFadden