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Wings Over the Rockies™ Awards 22 Flight Training Scholarships to Colorado Students

Scholarship recipients to receive up to $12,000 each for private pilot certification

Denver, CO – Aug. 8, 2023 – Wings Over the Rockies (“WINGS”) announced today it has selected 22 Colorado students to receive the 2023 Wings’ Flight Training Scholarship. Students will receive either an $8,000 or $12,000 scholarship—based on flight training experience to date—to be used toward flight training to achieve certification as a private pilot for single-engine airplanes.

The James C. Ray Foundation provides funding for flight training scholarships, which WINGS distributes across Colorado each year. In total WINGS has awarded 125 scholarships which equates to $236,000 over the past four years to applicants ages 15 through 18 who seek Private Pilot Certification in gliders or single engine airplanes. Scholarship applicants must be Colorado residents and complete their training through a Colorado business.

“Cultivating the next generation of private pilots is critical to the success of the aviation industry,” said John L. Barry, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret), President and CEO of WINGS. “It is an honor to be able to help this group of hard-working and passionate students achieve their dreams. We are incredibly grateful to the James C. Ray Foundation for making this scholarship program available to Colorado’s future pilots.”

More than 80 applications were received for the Wings’ Flight Training Scholarship. All applicants go through a rigorous evaluation and interview process conducted by representatives from WINGS and the Wings Captain Jeppesen Foundation. Each scholarship winner is assigned a mentor to guide them through the training process which includes both flight time and a rigorous study regime in order to complete their pilot certification. More information about Wings’ Flight Training Scholarships can be found here.

About Wings Over the Rockies
Wings Over the Rockies™, a Colorado-based non-profit organization and Colorado’s official Air and Space Museum, is committed to educating, inspiring and exciting all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Wings is one organization with two locations. Located in Denver’s historic Lowry neighborhood and established in 1994, the Museum features nearly 100,000 square feet of world-class historical and educational exhibits. In addition to more than 50 impressive aircraft and spacecraft, visitors discover exciting personalities, stories, and events about every aspect of aviation and space exploration. Exploration of Flight is located at Centennial Airport. Opened in 2018, it features 18,000 square feet of interactive experiences, aviation-focused events and actual flying aircraft. Visitors to the two locations come from all 50 states and more than 34 countries. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies, please visit