AOPA forges closer ties, establishes scholarship at UND
AOPA on Oct. 28 established a new scholarship at the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and took steps to strengthen the bond between the association, the school, and its 1,600 aerospace students.
During a Pilot Town Meeting at the Odegard School’s Grand Forks, N.D., campus, AOPA President Phil Boyer presented school officials with a check for $10,000 and announced a new partnership that will benefit all of the students.
“UND’s aerospace programs are among the very best in the country,” said Boyer. “AOPA looks forward to working even more closely with the university as it trains the next generation of America’s pilots and aviation leaders.”
Through AOPA’s partnership with the school, every aerospace student will become a member of AOPA, with the school covering the cost of the membership while a student is enrolled, and AOPA providing full access to all of the association’s resources, from the award-winning “AOPA Pilot” magazine, to AOPA Online, and to AOPA’s second-to-none aviation technical specialists who man a toll-free pilot information line.
“We know from experience with other aviation programs that students find access to our resources extremely helpful, especially when professors hand out new assignments!” said Boyer. “And we think that once the students see all that AOPA has to offer, they’ll continue to be members once they move from their academic careers to their aviation careers.”
In addition to the scholarship and the student memberships, AOPA will become more engaged with the faculty and students at the Odegard School, offering on-campus speeches and other events.
Among the biggest and the best, UND Aerospace is recognized around the world for academic excellence. Since 1968, the school’s mission has been to shape the future of the aerospace industry by providing the best possible education and training available.
October 29, 2008