October 3, 2008
AOPA presented a $15,000 check to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) for the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship Fund during AOPA Expo 2000.
Cap Parlier, former ERAU Prescott campus chancellor, accepted the gift on behalf of the university at the Expo Grand Finale Banquet today.
AOPA created the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship in 1997 as part of a landmark alliance between the nation's leading aviation university and the world's largest aviation organization.
With residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, and with more than 100 teaching sites across the United States, Embry-Riddle has the largest aeronautical science (professional pilot) degree program in the United States.
Over the past four years, AOPA has given some $48,000 to the pilots' association scholarship fund at the university. Embry-Riddle has applied the contribution to an endowed scholarship helping aviation students well into the new century.
AOPA contributes 10 percent of the AOPA membership dues of every Embry-Riddle alumni to its scholarship for ERAU's up-and-coming pilots. Some 3,000 Embry-Riddle graduates, most pursuing professional flying careers, are AOPA members. In addition, another 3,000 current Embry-Riddle students and faculty are AOPA members.
AOPA membership provides ERAU students with real-world resources that complement their academic training and pursuit of professional aviation careers. The program helps students keep abreast of technical, regulatory, and safety issues affecting their training and career choices.
AOPA also conducts on-campus programs, including AOPA Air Safety Foundation safety seminars and guest lectures by AOPA senior staff. ERAU students are offered special learning opportunities and internships at AOPA and at the Air Safety Foundation in Frederick, Maryland.
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