Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Parris Fromm of Springfield, Illinois, has received a full scholarship for flight training, thanks to EAA Chapter 770, and the Ray Aviation Scholarship program, which is administered by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The Ray Foundation is furthering the legacy of James Ray, an EAA lifetime member, who was dedicated to aviation and youth education.
The Scholarship program provides up to $10,000 to young adults who are seeking a private pilot certificate by supporting them through both the written and practical segments of flight training. The Ray Foundation has provided $1.2 million of funding to improve the current flight training success rate from 20 to 80 percent for program participants. Each EAA chapter is responsible for identifying qualified youth and mentoring them throughout their flight training to ensure success.
In the program’s first year, 105 scholarships were awarded and the success rate for recipients is expected to far exceed the goal of 80 percent.
Parris Fromm is EAA Chapter 770’s second Ray Foundation flight training scholarship recipient. Now an EAA member, Fromm has committed to volunteering his services in support of the chapter’s activities. He will be flying as a member of the Flying 20 Club based at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
EAA Chapter 770 is one of 900 local chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association (https://chapters.eaa.org/eaa770).