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April 13, 2012 > Students win scholarships to air academy

Students win scholarships to air academy

Submitted By Paul Buenrostro

The Hayward Air Rally, the oldest proficiency flying event in North America, has selected four California and Oregon teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, to include tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Air Academy for the summer 2012 program.

In partnership with local chapters of the EAA) and the International Organization of Women Pilots, Inc. (aka 99s), the Hayward Air Rally is pleased to announce the winners of the four scholarships as Amanda Feriante, a home-schooled student in Fremont; Kira Olson, of Foothill High School in Palo Cedro; Tanner Parks, Weaverville Elementary School, Weaverville, and Devan Simpkins, Cascade Middle School, Bend, Oregon.

EAA Chapters VAA29 in Hayward, EAA1148 in Corning, EAA157 in Redding, EAA1345 in Bend, Oregon, EAA617 in Prineville, Oregon, and the Mount Shasta and Alameda County Chapters of the 99s made significant cash donations to support the overall scholarship project.

The Air Academy is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is an aviation-oriented residential summer camp for students to develop and explore their interest in aviation. These camps provide the foundation for a life-long love of aviation and the opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.

The annual Air Rally is staged by the Hayward Air Rally, Inc., a not-for-profit California public benefit corporation and charitable organization with IRS 501(c3) status. Originally conceived by the City of Hayward's Mayor in 1964, the Air Rally's primary charter is to enhance general aviation safety by encouraging aircraft pilots to stay proficient in basic flight and fuel management techniques.

The 48th annual Air Rally will take place on June 8-9, 2012, originating at Hayward Executive Airport and continuing over a challenging and competitive route to Redding with an ultimate destination of Bend, Oregon.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was founded in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a local club for those who built and restored their own aircraft. It quickly grew to include anyone who enjoys flying for recreation and welcomes all aviation enthusiasts to participate. Today, EAA is a non-profit 501(c3) that includes 160,000 members in more than 100 countries. EAA has chartered approximately 1,000 local chapters worldwide, which promote local aviation activities in their communities and regions. EAA's mission is dedicated to providing aviation access to all who wish to participate. EAA is committed to preserving aviation history and heritage, and helping to prepare future generations of aviators.

The Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women Pilots is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is a non-profit organization that promotes aerospace education and training, provides aviation scholarships and preserves the unique history of women in aviation through the 99s Museum of Women Pilots and the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.

For more about the Hayward Air Rally, visit For more about the EAA Air Academy, call (888) 322-3229 or visit

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