Reinforced Dreams

By Sonja Karner, EAA 1277913

On December 7, 2019, I passed my private pilot checkride, ultimately earning my certificate in less than seven months and contributing to the overall success of the Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund. My experiences have definitely reinforced my dreams and I am still planning to pursue a career as a professional pilot.

Without the scholarship I received in May 2019, I would not have
been able to fund my training, but the scholarship has meant much more than
that to me. I am incredibly lucky to be part of a friendly and welcoming EAA chapter,
and as a Ray Aviation scholar, I’ve been given endless support. I have met so
many great aviators, enthusiasts, and dreamers that are all graciously willing
to help me in any possible way.

This scholarship has given me the opportunity to throw myself
into an unfamiliar world and come out feeling like I am truly part of the
aviation family. I would like to personally thank everyone for their support,
it has truly meant the world to me. I will forever be grateful for how this has
changed my life and I am excited to start inspiring and supporting other
students like me, as well as continuing to give back to my community. Thanks to
everyone at my local chapter for celebrating this journey at the December

With the busy holiday season behind us, I am eager to get back up
to continue learning and gaining experience.

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