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Help Ignite Ray Foundation’s Matching Grant for EAA Education Center

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The Ray Foundation, which has been a dedicated supporter of EAA’s youth education programs for more than 30 years, has again committed to a campaign to support the popular activities at the new EAA Education Center in Oshkosh.

A $600,000 matching grant has been established by The Ray Foundation, as it will match every dollar committed to the Education Center and its programming by other supporters between now and July 31, 2024.

“This doubles the opportunities with every dollar supporting the Education Center,” said Margaret Brill, director of the EAA Aviation Foundation. “The Ray Foundation has seen the enormous benefit to aviation education that has already occurred at this facility in just over a year, and this is a way to ensure that EAA can focus on the quality, widely available programming that helps the discovery of possibilities within flight.”

More information on supporting the Education Center and the matching grant is available at

The EAA Education Center, adjacent to the EAA Aviation Museum, opened in July 2022 after successfully being constructed on time and on budget during the twin challenges of COVID and supply issues. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility includes the Youth Education Center for young people and the Pilot Proficiency Center for skill building among current aviators.

Already among the many education programs hosted at the Education Center are Pilot Proficiency Center activities during EAA AirVenture week, the 2023 National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON national championships, EAA Air Academy and GirlVenture programming, and a capacity schedule of school classes and youth groups using the center’s resources.

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