HELP US “STEM” the Pilot Shortage!

The Reno Air Racing Association is “RACING FOR THE FUTURE” by offering Flight Training, and coming soon, Airframe and Powerplant scholarships!
Meet a few members of our 2022 RARA Scholarship Squadron!

Building the Next Generation of Aviators!

Supported by a grant from the Ray Foundation, these scholarships will provide funding for awardees to apply toward obtaining their Private Pilot’s License or Airframe and Powerplant certification (coming soon!)*. You can help! Aviation training can be expensive, and our scholarships help deserving young people reach for their dreams. Donate today!

LEARN TO FLY

FAA requirements to gain a Private Pilot’s License can be reviewed on the FAA website.

The program overview and application can be downloaded below under Scholarship Forms.

General Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Age – The scholarship is open to applicants ages 16-22
  • Location – Reno / Sparks / Carson City / Fallon area
  • Citizenship – Must be a legal US citizen
  • Health – Must be able to pass a Class III Medical Exam
  • Education
    • Must proficiently read, write, speak, and understand the English language
    • Must be enrolled in or have completed a qualified high school curriculum with a 2.75 or higher GPA
  • Flight Experience – applicant must complete a successful discovery flight of at least 30 minutes in a small general aviation aircraft with a certified flight instructor prior to being considered for the scholarship
  • FAA Written Exam – NOT REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION, however successful completion of the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam will give applicants an advantage over those who have not

Application Window

Applications will be accepted from December 1st through January 31st. Please download the overview and application documents below. Thoroughness and detail are important criteria in the application process, so please be sure to include all requested information.

Selection Process

Qualified applicants who meet all criteria and complete the application process will be scheduled for interviews. Interviews will be conducted from the opening of the application window through the end of February.

Awarded Scholarships*

Successful candidates who are awarded scholarships will be notified by April 15th.

For additional information, please see the FAQ below, or send an email to [email protected].

*RARA will award funds to apply toward a student’s PPL training or A&P Certificate. RARA does not directly conduct the training or select the candidate’s flight school, nor can it control the actual cost of training due to many factors. While every effort will be made to help reduce the overall cost, RARA cannot guarantee that the full cost of flight training will be covered by the scholarship. Students should consult with their families and other sources to assist with additional funding should it become necessary.

2022 Reno Air Racing Association Scholarship Squadron

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Scholarship Forms

The forms below contain important information regarding the scholarship process. Please download and read them thoroughly. Applications must be submitted ONLY to [email protected]. Applications received by any other means will be rejected.

FAQs

Please review the items below as they contain answers to the most common questions regarding the scholarship program. A complete PDF overview of the scholarship process can be downloaded above.

There are many resources, but the official requirements are listed on the Official FAA website at https://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/

The number of scholarships awarded will depend on available funding and qualified applicants. Up to 10 are available for the 2021-2022 application window.

We anticipate offering flight training scholarships annually. The window will open on December 1st each year and close on January 31st. Scholarship awards will take place by April 15th. Available scholarships will depend on the funding we receive each year, so please consider donating to the scholarship fund at www.airrace.org/donate.

The scholarship is available in the Reno / Sparks / Fallon / Carson City areas of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region of California.

At this time the scholarships are only for Private Pilot. We may add other certificates in the future.

The Reno Air Racing Association is providing scholarships for initial flight training to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate.

Any legal US Citizen in the Reno / Sparks / Fallon / Carson City area of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region of California between the ages of 16 and 22 who is enrolled in or graduated from an approved high school curriculum with a 2.75 GPA or higher. Must also be able to fluently read, write, speak, and understand the English language and pass a Class III FAA Medical Exam.

While every effort will be made to reduce costs for our scholarship recipients, RARA cannot guarantee that the total cost of obtaining a Private Pilot’s License will be covered with our $10,000 scholarship due to many factors. Applicants should research means of supplemental funding prior to applying for and accepting the scholarship.

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