Watertown’s EAA Chapter 320 Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine August/September 2021 online issue

WATERTOWN, WIS. – EAA Chapter 320 of Watertown, Wisconsin, has met the stringent requirements to qualify for and receive a James C. Ray Foundation Scholarship administered through the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wis. The scholarship covers up to $10,000 to help offset the cost of flight training for one youth working to obtain their Private Pilot Certificate.

“There are only 100 scholarships awarded nationwide to chapters which qualify, and the vetting process is quite rigorous,” said Chapter President Eric Wegner. “Our Chapter 320 has worked very hard to distinguish itself as a ‘Gold Level’ chapter and meet the criteria to participate in this program. Receiving this scholarship says a lot about the quality of the Watertown chapter.”

Receiving the scholarship is Chapter 320 member, Micah West, 17. Micah intends to continue his flight training with the goal of flying for a major airline. He is receiving his flight training from Charles Allen, an instructor with Wisconsin Aviation in Watertown. 

Carrie Nettesheim is the EAA Chapter 320 Scholarship Coordinator who helps chapter members of all ages obtain funding for flight training.

“We’re thrilled for our chapter and for Micah,” said Nettesheim. “It is rewarding to help people pursue their dream of being able to fly!” 

EAA Chapter 320 Watertown is a non-profit organization established in 1968 and has approximately 60 members. Chapter members meet the first Monday each month at Watertown Municipal Airport in Watertown, Wis. (chapters.eaa.org/EAA320). For additional information, contact EAA Chapter 320 President Eric Wegner at 612-799-5717 (cell) or email President.EAA320@gmail.com.

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