Willow Springs Resident Earns Aviation Scholarship
Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:38am admin
Presented by, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1218, this award is part of the annual $1.2 million Ray Aviation Scholarship program
Chase Garrison, a graduate of Willow Springs High School, received a unique full-scholarship opportunity for flight training on July 4 thanks to EAA Chapter 1218 and the Ray Aviation Scholarship program administered by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chase is the son of Shawn and Melanie Garrison of Willow Springs.
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.
Chase Garrison is being trained by Certified Flight Instructor Andrew Craner, Pomona, MO. 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. Chapter member Brent Humphreys, West Plains is the Chapter 1218 Scholarship Coordinator. He is the primary point of contact for the Ray Scholar.
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. More information on local EAA Chapter 1218 is available at https://chapters.eaa.org/eaa1218 or by calling 417 233-1218.