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January 13, 2010 > Aviation scholarships for Hayward students

Aviation scholarships for Hayward students

By Simon Wong

In appreciation of the City's continuous support for 46 years, organizers of the Hayward Air Rally have endowed two flying scholarships for Hayward Unified School District students, aged 14-18.

"Our idea is to 'give back' to the community that has supported our group for so long by providing scholarships for two students to attend the EAA Air Academy. Funding for the program is from our pilots' registration fees and from donor sponsors who have supported the Rally in past years," explained Gary Waldeck, Deputy Chair, Hayward Air Rally.

The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) is an international flying club with more than 1,000 chapters and 160,000 members worldwide.

The Air Academy is one of the many youth programs offered by the EAA. It is a week-long summer camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where EAA is based. Camps are organized by age groups. Those fortunate enough to attend immerse themselves in aviation and are taught by first-rate instructors.

Activities and flight simulations are rounded off with a flight in a real airplane. Once airborne, students will be allowed to take the controls under the guidance of one of EAA's pilots but will not be permitted to take off or land the aircraft.

Air Academy camps are not free. This is where the Hayward Air Rally makes a difference. Its scholarships will pay for all transportation, tuition and room and board expenses to enable Hayward students to attend the Air Academy starting in 2010.

Scholarship Application Process:

City of Hayward-resident students, aged 14 - 18 years by the first day of the camp, are eligible to apply.

Complete a written application, including essay and references by March 31, 2010. 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 two scholarship winners, and an alternate for each camp, will be made by April 30, 2010.

Application Requirements:

Signatures of 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's start date is required.

Upon receipt of the initial application, a packet of information will be sent to the applicant. It will include: Permission to Participate, Liability Waiver, Release and Indemnification, Health Form, Travel Form and Other pertinent information.

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

Applicant Checklist:

A completed application including required signatures.

A one-page essay describing his/her aviation experiences and interest, why he/she wants to attend the EAA Air Academy and what aviation experiences he/she wishes to gain from attendance.

Copies of the two most recent school periods completed ("report cards").

Two letters of recommendation. One must be prepared by a school official, i.e., counselor, teacher, principal, etc.. The second should come from a non-school source, e.g., Boy/Girl Scouts, civic activity group, the student's church or clergy, local business owner if employed part-time, etc. Letters from family members will not be accepted.

There is no "required format" for the letter of recommendation. Applicants might suggest to their referees that they review the Air Academy website and prepare their own free-form recommendation.

Completed applications, essay and letters of recommendation should be mailed to Hayward Air Rally, 12864 Viscaino Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024

The completed application packet must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2010. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via e-mail.

To download a scholarship application form, visit For other questions, contact

For information about the EAA organization, visit

For information about the EAA Air Academy, visit and

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