The Michigan Aviation Education Foundation (MAEF) is a public 501(c)(3) established in 1994. Its founder and first president was Mary Creason.
The original board of trustees consisted of the President of the Michigan Aviation Association (MAA), Chairman of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) Aerospace Education Council, President of the Michigan Pilots and Owners Association, and five members of the Lake Michigan Chapter of the 99s.
The Foundation has two endowment trust funds which were established and funded through Michigan Aviation Association (MAA) Air Tour fund raising activities and public donations.
The Foundation provides grants to Michigan based organizations and scholarships to Michigan residents for aviation and aerospace education. Since its inception, the MAEF has awarded over $35,000 in grants and scholarships.