Pursue Your Dreams

The EAA Chapter 932 is passionate about helping students and youth fulfill their dreams of becoming pilots through our scholarship opportunities:

  • Flight Training Scholarships

    • Ed Moricoli Memorial Flight Training Scholarship   
    • EAA Ray Aviation Flight Training Scholarship
“The highest art form of all is a human being in control of himself and his airplane in flight, urging the spirit of a machine to match his own.”
Richard Bach, Pilot and Author

Ed Moricoli Memorial Flight Training Scholarship

This scholarship will award qualified student pilots 18 years and older, up to $10,000 for initial Private Pilot Certificate.  Yearly Scholarship Awards will be determined by the total funds available.  Eligibility requirements:

  • Open to local area residents of McHenry, Lake, Cook and surrounding counties. EAA Chapter 932 membership is required.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold at least a valid 3rd Class FAA medical

  • Agree to obtain flight training with JB Aviation Flight School at Galt Airport

  • The applicants can be at any stage in flight training, however the scholarship amount will be prorated based on a student’s current progress toward completion.

  • Flight training must start within one month of the award and be completed within one year.

  • A 500-word, typed essay describing how you got interested in aviation and how a pilot certificate will impact your future goals is required

  • Completed application must be received by:  TBD

  • Members of the EAA Chapter 932 Scholarship Committee and their family members may not apply.

The Scholarship committee will evaluate each application. Recipients are chosen based on a rubric-based point system. The highest scoring candidate who also meets interview criteria set by the committee will be awarded the scholarship.

Candidate interviews will be held: TBD

Scholarship recipients will be announced: TBD

Ed Moricoli, our beloved former chapter president who passed away, aged 75, in December 2016, was an avid aviation enthusiast and student pilot at Galt who sadly did not get his wish of earning his pilot’s license before his death. He was without a doubt the chapter’s biggest cheerleader and campaigned tirelessly, and very successfully, to increase our membership. Ed was the impetus behind this scholarship and he wanted more than anything for the chapter to help disadvantaged students to achieve their goal of becoming a pilot. This scholarship is his legacy and he would be delighted to know we are fulfilling his wish.
Read Ed’s Full Story Here
Ed Moricoli

EAA Ray Aviation Flight Training Scholarship

EAA Chapter 932 is approved to host an EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship for 2024! The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA will provide up to $11,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses, totaling $1,200,000 in scholarships annually. The scholarship is for qualified student pilots ages 15-19 for initial Private Pilot, Sport Pilot, or Glider Certificate.   

Chase Kocken First Solo With Jb Logo
  • Scholarship Awards: Glider = $5500, Sport Pilot = $8250 & Private Pilot = $11,000

  • Scholars are nominated by EAA Chapter 932 members.

    • Nominees are members of the EAA, EAA Chapter 932 and part of the Galt Airport community, i.e. current JB Aviation flight school student, participating member of chapter 932, and/or a candidate nominated by an active chapter 932 member or JB aviation flight instructor.

    The scholarship committee then selects a candidate from among the nominees to be approved by the EAA for the scholarship.

  • Minimum of age 15 for glider training. Age 16-19 for powered flight training.
  • Possession of a student pilot certificate.
  • Possession of FAA medical certificate. (private pilot students)
  • Agree to begin flight training within 60 days of award and complete flight training within a year.

  • The nominees can be at any stage in flight training, however the scholarship amount will be prorated based on a student’s current progress toward completion.

  • A 500-word, typed essay by the nominee.

  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates who are former Young Eagles, EAA 932 student members, and actively participating in the EAA Flight Plan, specifically the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.

Candidate interviews will be held: June 18th and June 19th, 2024

Scholarship recipients will be announced: June 21st, 2024

If you know a young person who is ready to take on the challenge of earning a pilot certificate, please click on the link below to complete an online Nomination Form. We are accepting nominations!

Nomination submissions are due by May 31st, 2024

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