June 2, 2023

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.

Abigail White

Our newest Ray Scholar is Abigail White.

I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had to apply for the EAA Chapter 168 Ray scholarship. I have made the decision that I would like to pursue a career in aviation as a professional pilot. I have been able to initiate my flight training and I know that this is the career path I want to pursue and advance in.

I was fortunate that I was brought up in a household where aviation was a big part of our family’s life and I was able to assist my father in building his RV-8. I have many fond memories of assisting in that process, like helping buck rivets in the tail cone from what felt like sun up to sun down, and finally getting to see the payout of those hard working hours when I got to be the first passenger, it was that moment I decided I wanted to become a professional pilot.  I love seeing capable female pilots and would love to be that role model for young girls. As my flight training progresses I would like to be able to share my passion and enthusiasm with other young men and women and be a role model to young aspiring pilots.

Abigail has already soloed!

Conor Macy

Conor Macy’s First Day of Flight Training
In June 2022, we also saw the start of our third Ray Aviation Scholar as Conor Macy started his flight training at Rising Aviation High School.

Conor has been very active in our Chapter as a Student Member, so we are eager to hear from him how his flight training is progressing.




Congratulations to Conor for soloing at Fort Worth Alliance on Tuesday, April 11, 2023!  He has overcome flight training challenges for achieving this goal.
When he started he quickly accumulated more than 21 hours before flight training problems started. He was unable to continue training due to aircraft and instructor availability. He had to change aircraft and instructors. His scholarship solo time period had to be extended to satisfy the scholarship requirements.
We are very proud of him for what he has accomplished.
Well done, Conor!




Update on Aidan Koch

Our 2019 Ray Aviation Scholar Aidan Koch got his CFI rating on January 14, 2023 at the Denton Airport. Well done, Aidan!