December 4, 2009
By Sarah Brown
AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg presented a $30,000 check to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Dec. 3 on behalf of the association for the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship fund.
The scholarship fund is part of a longstanding alliance between the world’s largest aviation organization and one of the world’s leading aviation universities. Each year, the association contributes 10 percent of the AOPA member dues paid by ERAU alumni to the university’s endowed scholarship fund. The association has provided a total of $264,640 in scholarship funds to ERAU since 1997 to help deserving aviation students fund their education.
As part of the alliance, all undergraduate ERAU aeronautical science students are provided with AOPA membership by the university throughout their education, and ERAU faculty members enrolled in the program are provided access to aviation tools and resources they can use in the classroom. AOPA President Craig Fuller and ERAU President Dr. John P. Johnson extended the alliance for another five years in April.
Johnson accepted the Career Pathways Scholarship check at the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. Jason Huff, an AOPA scholarship recipient for 2008-09, was also in attendance; recipients of the 2009-10 scholarship are at the university’s Prescott, Ariz., campus. Currently, 7,334 ERAU alumni maintain active AOPA membership.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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