Ray Foundation, Inc. Impact

Who We Help

The Ray Foundation supports organizations whose programs develop life skills such as honesty, work ethic, self-confidence, and self-discipline in young people. Primarily, but not solely aviation related organizations. The Ray Foundation, Inc. impact can be seen in the life skills developed by tomorrow’s leaders served by supported organizations.

Our founder, James C. Ray, felt very strongly that flight training, courtesy of the US Army Air Corps in 1942, instilled in him the traits and drive which made him a successful aviator, and successful individual. The Ray Foundation strives to provide that opportunity for others.


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Institutions Awarded

The Ray Foundation is proud to support organizations such as the following legacy recipients:

  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

    ``Ray Foundation has engaged with AOPA to build a sustainable program with measurable results worthy of Ray Foundation’s continued investment.`` – Mark Baker, AOPA President & CEO

  • The Central Florida Aerospace Academy

    Lakeland, FL

  • Sun 'n Fun Fly-In

    Lakeland, FL

  • The Lakeland Aero Club

    A high school flying club in Lakeland, FL

  • The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

    ``James saw EAA’s programs as a way to encourage young people to pursue aviation, and the Ray Foundation continues that important work in his honor today.`` - Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO & Chairman of the Board

  • Southeastern Guide Dogs

    ``The Ray Foundation helped us build the most comprehensive service dog facilities in the world to give hope to those who cannot see and those who have seen too much.`` - Titus Herman, Southeastern Guide Dogs CEO

  • John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

    ``James’ laser focus on getting to know our students and establishing generous scholarship initiatives is truly an inspirational success story.`` – Paul D. Lindseth, Dean of John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

  • University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation

    University of North Dakota

  • Business School & College of Entrepreneurship

    University of North Dakota

  • Aviation Lab at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

    With the support of the Ray Foundation, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum was able to inspire the community in which we are located to work together to develop a new resource to advance academic proficiency and personal leadership capabilities of Hawaii’s youth. The Ray Foundation challenge enabled the museum to involve, inspire and motivate the philanthropic and the education communities. The plan includes restoration of a WWII authentic Link Training facility located on historic Ford Island in the heart of Pearl Harbor, installing in this structure an Aviation Learning Lab. Restoration is scheduled to be completed by June, 2020 with learning center installation to follow.

  • Williamsburg Aviation Scholarship Program (WASP)

    Williamsburg, VA


Mallory Rhodes | Ray Scholars Program

When I was little I had talked about being a flight attendant because I loved traveling and I loved flying. After being part of the aerospace engineering class and the Eagles Nest project build I realized the dream of being a pilot was much more achievable than I always believed! I was really driven into aviation due to all the encouragement and guidance I have received from the mentors and my flight instructor!
Discover The Impact Made By EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship FOR MALLORY RHODES

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