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2019 EAA Air Academy Summer Camp Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced - Press Release

About the Scholarship Program

The Air Rally, the longest continually-held proficiency flying event in North America, is funding scholarships for students ages 16-18 for the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Air Academy's summer 2019 program

The Air Academy is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is an aviation-oriented in-residence summer camp for students to develop and explore their interest in aviation. This unique summer camp will take their interest in aviation to the next level. The participants explore the world of flight through aviation studies taught by top-notch aviation instructors. Hands-on activities and flight simulation are some of the many exciting experiences that students participate in. The highlight of the camp is a flight in a real airplane. These camps provide the foundation for a lifelong love of aviation as well as the opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.

This scholarship will cover the costs of camp tuition and round trip commercial air transportation. Applicants will be selected through a competitive screening process. Scholarship application materials can be downloaded here.

The dates for the Advanced Air Academy are:

  • July 26 -August 3, 2019

About The Air Rally: The annual Air Rally is staged by the Hayward Air Rally, Inc., a not- for-profit California public benefit corporation, a charitable organization with IRS 501(c3) status. Originally conceived by the City of Hayward's Mayor in 1964, The Air Rally's primary charter is to enhance general aviation safety by encouraging aircraft pilots to stay proficient in basic flight and fuel management techniques.

For more information about the EAA Air Academy call (888) 322-3229 or visit the web site:

To apply for the scholarship, please download the scholarship application document (PDF) here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email to our .

What is the EAA Air Academy?

Each summer, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Academy offers high school students an opportunity to go to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and learn all about aviation.

EAA Air Academy Lodge

The EAA Air Academy is a unique summer camp that takes a young interest in aviation to the next level. Participants spend a week at the Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, completely immersed in the thrilling world of aviation. Top-notch instructors help to explore the world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on activities, flight simulation and many other exciting experiences. The highlight of the week is a flight in a real airplane! These camps provide the foundation for a lifelong love of aviation as well as the opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.

From the moment a student arrives, the sky becomes the goal as a dynamic aviation experience unfolds and close friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts begin. All camps are conducted at the EAA Leadership Center in Oshkosh, with the residence portion of the program at the impressive Air Academy Lodge.

The EAA Advanced Air Academy also includes full participation (access to forums, flight-line and all associated activities) in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - the world's premier aviation event!

The Air Academy Lodge is a 56-bed facility complete with great room, kitchen, dining room, computer room, conference space, flight simulation lab and recreational facilities.

Scholarship Application Process

Eligible applicants: Boys or girls, 16, 17 or 18 years old, by the first day of the camp.

Complete a written application, including essay and references by February 1, 2019. Selection of the winning candidates will be based on the evaluation of application materials and appropriate follow-up by Hayward Air Rally volunteers. The selection of the scholarship winners will be made by March 1, 2019.

Application Requirements:

Signatures by both applicant and parent or legal guardian are required.

Applications must be complete and legible for consideration.

If selected, a physical exam within the 24 months prior to the camp start date is required.

Upon receipt of the initial application, a packet of information will be sent to you that will include:

  • Permission to Participate
  • Liability Waiver
  • Release and Indemnification
  • Health Form
  • Travel Form
  • Other pertinent information

All applications shall be subject to the The Air Rally Committee selection process.

Please note that if selected by the the Air Rally Committee as a scholarship recipient, a separate application process for the EAA Air Academy must also be completed.

Applicant Checklist

All applicants must include the following with their application:

  • Completed scholarship application (download here), including required signatures.
  • A one page essay describing your aviation experiences and interest, why you want to attend the EAA Air Academy, and what aviation experiences you want to gain from attending the Academy.
  • Copies of the most recent two school periods completed report cards
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One recommendation letter must be prepared by a school official, i.e., counselor, teacher, principal, etc.
    • A second letter from a non-school source: Boy/Girl Scouts, civic activity group, your church or clergy, local business owner if part-time employed, etc.
    • No family members please!

Please note that there is no required formatĚ for the letter of recommendation. Suggest to your reference that he or she review the Air Academy website, and prepare their own free-form recommendation.

Mail your completed application, essay and letters of recommendation to:

The Air Rally - Scholarship
c/o Chris Verbil
1414 Marinovich Way
Los Altos, CA 94024

NOTE! You can also save on postage and time by scanning your completed application documents and sending a PDF to the .

The completed application packet must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2019. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via e-mail.