Ray Scholarship Information

The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) in partnership with the Ray Foundation is excited announce an extraordinary scholarship opportunity. This scholarship will cover up to $12,000 for Private Pilot Training and will be awarded to 25 qualified veterans or authorized dependents (must be 17 years old prior to beginning training). The next available class for this opportunity will be June 1st, 2022. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the training program and can pay only for flight training at the UNDAF in Mesa, Arizona.


The GI Bill® can be used for vocational flight training. However, obtaining a Private Pilot License is a prerequisite (www.va.gov). This scholarship is designed specifically to cover nearly all of the cost of obtaining a Private Pilot certificate at the UND Aerospace Phoenix Flight Training Center (UND Phoenix FTC). After completion of the Private Pilot course, GI Bill® education benefits may then be used to continue studies to obtain the Instrument-Airplane, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Pilot, and ultimately the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.


UND Phoenix FTC is an FAA-certified Part 141 Flight School and is approved to train veterans and their eligible dependents using VA education benefits in the state of Arizona. We have partnered with Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) in offering the Associate in Applied Science in Airway Science Technology degree for 26 years. This is a professional aviation training program geared toward preparing students for a career in aviation.


Awardees will begin an accelerated Private Pilot Certification course projected to start June 1st, 2022, during which they will earn their FAA Private Pilot certificate. The accelerated Private Pilot program is a five-day per week immersion and includes a two-hour ground school in addition to daily flying. This will require each student’s full-time attention.


Completion of this certification will coincide with the beginning of the CGCC 2022 Fall semester in the third week of August, 2022 where awardees are expected to enroll and continue their education for five semesters and ultimately earn their AAS in Airway Science Technology and receive their FAA Flight Instructor Certificate.


Students are required to relocate to the Mesa, AZ area for approximately 24 months to attend training. All courses are in-person. Relocation costs are not covered by the scholarship.


The Ray Foundation Scholarship will not be paid directly to each individual. $12,000 will be available in each individual’s flight account prior to the start of training. This money will then be used by the individual to cover the costs of flight training.

The total cost for completion of the Private Pilot certificate is approximately $15,000. This means that about 20% of the cost of the Private Pilot certificate will be at the student’s expense. For this reason, each awardee will be required to deposit half of the difference ($15,000 – $12,000 = $3,000 ÷ 2 = $1,500) in their flight account prior to the start of training. This $1,500 is fully refundable prior to the start of training.

Each student must supply their own iPad, headset, Foreflight® subscription (this must be purchased through UNDAF), and any other supplies they may need for this program. These costs are not included in the $15,000 estimate.



All applicants must submit the following to establish eligibility for award of the scholarship:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits or GI Bill® Certificate of Eligibility–With 24 months of benefit remaining
  • Confirmation of Retirement or Separation Date prior to June 1st, 2022 (Veterans Only)
  • An FAA First- or Second-Class Medical Certificate
  • Cover Letter briefly addressing the following topics:
    • Career goals and aspirations
    • The reasons for aviation as a career path
    • Any previous aviation experience (Not Required)
    • Why the applicant is a good candidate for this scholarship
  • Professional Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

All applicants must to agree to the following should they be awarded the scholarship:

  • Ability to relocate to Mesa, AZ for approximately 24 months to attend training
  • Signed a Letter of Intent to continue training in the CGCC AAS Degree Program
  • Deposit $1,500 in their flight account prior to beginning flight training


Complete the application by using the link below.

Please complete ALL online application requirements to be considered for the scholarship. Only complete applications will be considered, and each will be considered as it is received. Individual interviews (in-person or virtual) will be scheduled as qualifying applications are received. The scholarship window will remain open until all slots are filled; once filled a waitlist will be established.

It is truly our pleasure to offer this opportunity to the US Armed Forces veteran community and their eligible dependents. We look forward to interviewing, selecting, and training the most deserving individuals.

Still have questions?  Feel free to reach us by phone at: (480)809-4499


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