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‘Eagles Soar, Harts Explore’ Themed Scholarship Launches to Celebrate EAA AirVenture, $10,000 Plus in Funding Offered
PASADENA, Calif., DENVER, Colo. - July 16, 2018: Gearing up for Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), AirVenture July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wis., two organizations collaborate to offer more than $10,000 worth in flight training scholarships. Today marks the official scholarship launch on social media, closing application on August 10. On Friday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., a press conference will be held at EAA Press Center announcing this launch and celebration.
Commemorating their one-year relationship with EAA, I Hart Flying, a California-based nonprofit, teamed with EAA Chapter 43 in Denver, Colo. through launch of their themed scholarship ‘Eagles Soar, Harts Explore,’ a four-week social media campaign focused on engaging, inspiring and educating followers about aviation, and to explore flying as a career path! “If we do not step up and be a driving force to meeting the talent demands of our industry, who will?” expressed Rachelle Spector, founder and president of I Hart Flying.
In early March 2018, I Hart Flying launched a similar social media scholarship campaign with east coast’s Liftoff Learning. Nearly 250 combined total applications, more than 1.5 million social media impressions and engagements followed by more than 500 global inquiries were reported. Liftoff Learning’s winning recipient, Justina Darby, is currently working toward her private pilot license. I Hart Flying was able to extend two awards to Hailey Truax and Lauren Konopka to advance their flight training.
Both organizations are adamant about increasing a diverse pilot population, and now. "Our chapter recognizes that the faces in our meetings are getting older, and fresh young ones are not showing up the in the same way they used to,” stated Eric Serani, EAA Chapter 43. “For this reason, our chapter is heavily involved in many ways to get the next generation inspired and involved in aviation. Scholarships like this one are the ‘hart’ and soul of what Chapter 43 is all about!" This scholarship opportunity is also focused on bringing the excitement back for flying, for aviation. “People do not get as thrilled about flying as they used to. We are making a team effort to ‘ignite the magic’ for aviation, engage more people to explore one of the most amazing phenomenon that’s transformed our world as we know it,” shared Spector.
"Currently in my career field there is a fighter pilot shortage, and that's a problem,” stressed Tyler McBride, EAA Chapter 43. “While this scholarship isn't a recruitment for the Air Force, it is the perfect opportunity to get our generation reengaged in aviation.” While the demand for professional pilots looms, so does financial barriers for exceptional future aviators to enter the field, and those currently advancing flight ratings fall short due to limiting finances, rising costs of training. According to the July 2017 Boeing report on commercial flights, roughly 640,000 new pilots globally are in demand until 2036, where 117,000 alone are needed in North America. “Our ultimate goal is to break down barriers and share the beauty of flight, while also helping to meet these growing pilot demands in our industry,” added McBride.
EAA AirVenture will be the next opportunity these organizations have a shared presence bringing their ‘altitude problem’ before young audiences, media, on-air radio interviews, airshow performances and the many partners on board for the journey ahead to change our world, one flight training scholarship and outreach event at a time!
EAA Chapter 43 scholarship details can be found here:, and I Hart Flying scholarship details here:
Members of the media are invited to attend the press conference on Friday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., EAA Press Center for the latest news and announcements on this effort.
About I Hart Flying Foundation:
I Hart Flying is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Rachelle - a talented pilot, fascinating speaker, social media personality and entrepreneur who excels at delivering impact, inspiration and influence for current and future female pilots. I Hart Flying’s mission is to assist young women in achieving their aviation goals through the awarding of flight training scholarships. They believe that helping young women achieve their pilot's license will provide a positive way to increase the number of women aviators. Partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), I Hart Flying’s goal is to provide five $5,000 flight scholarships annually to young women. For more information about I Hart Flying, visit
About EAA Chapter 43:
EAA Chapter 43 is part of the worldwide network of EAA chapters with a mission to get the next generation involved and as excited about flying as we are. Through our monthly Young Eagles rallies, and spin-off STEM organization, Young Aviators, we are making a real and measurable impact on our community. EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 210,000 plus members enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. Chapter 43 is comprised of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like-minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so. For more information about EAA Chapter 43, visit
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