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Ray Scholar Milestones in August 2021

  • Ava Buellesbach - First Solo
    Ava Buellesbach
  • Benjamin Kakac After Private Pilot Checkride
    Benjamin Kakac
  • Braeden Dennis First solo with CFII Adam Lusson
    Braeden Dennis
  • Grant Bowman - First Solo
    Grant Bowman
  • Gus Steffen - After Solo
    Gus Steffen
  • Jasper Henderson - After Checkride
    Jasper Henderson
  • Joseph Van Norman - After First Solo
    Joseph Van Norman
  • Kaden Herreera - Shutting Down Plane After First Solo
    Kaden Herrera
  • Laondon Ratcliff - After Solo with CFI
    Landon Ratcliff
  • Leyla Williams - First Solo with C152
    Leyla Williams
  • Megan Lokstet - First Solo
    Megan Lokstet
  • Owen Robinson - Landing
    Owen Robinson
  • Zachar Lopez - After First Solo
    Zachary Lopez

October 2021 – Congratulations to these Ray Scholars who had their first solo flights or passed their checkrides in August 2021! EAA is proud of their success, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication.

First Solos

Megan Lokstet EAA Chapter 63 August 2, 2021
Ava Buellesbach EAA Chapter 838 August 4, 2021
Zachary Lopez EAA Chapter 292 August 4, 2021
Joseph Van Norman EAA Chapter 237 August 5, 2021
Landon Ratcliff EAA Chapter 1525 August 7, 2021
Kaden Herrera EAA Chapter 1551 August 9, 2021
Gus Steffen EAA Chapter 640 August 10, 2021
Jack Vakiener EAA Chapter 533 August 12, 2021
Owen Robinson EAA Chapter 18 August 12, 2021
Grant Bowman EAA Chapter 288 August 12, 2021
Charles “CJ” Cicarella EAA Chapter 27 August 13, 2021
Leyla Williams EAA Chapter 333 August 16, 2021
Braeden Dennis EAA Chapter 631 August 30, 2021


Benjamin Kakac EAA Chapter 702 August 5, 2021
Page Zuccaro EAA Chapter 1158 August 8, 2021
Jasper Henderson EAA Chapter 613 August 9, 2021
Hannah Treehan EAA Chapter 1541 August 22, 2021
Ian Malicoat EAA Chapter 235 August 26, 2021

We are immensely thankful to the EAA chapter members who are supporting these Ray Scholars and helping them achieve their dreams of learning to fly. Keep up the great work!

The EAA 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 provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths to cover their flight training expenses and help them earn their pilot certificates.

At AirVenture 2021, it was announced that in 2022 the Ray Foundation will increase its scholarship fund to $1,550,000. This will allow more EAA chapters to participate in the program and give more young people the opportunity to learn to fly!

To learn more about this program, visit EAA.org/RayScholars.

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