The Edward B. Fund was created. Schaeffer Scholarship for the Future of Aviation through a generous gift to the AOPA Foundation by Member Paul Goss. The endowment will provide an annual scholarship of $5,000 awarded to an individual who is pursuing a career in aerospace, including aerospace engineering; Flying professionally as an airline pilot or company pilot, etc.; flight instructions aircraft maintenance; and airport management.
Schaeffer is best known in the GA community of the St. Louis area, where he worked as a flight instructor for more than six decades. A US Air Force veteran, his enduring commitment to aviation safety was recognized in 2019 with a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. As owner and operator of St.
Schaeffer passed away in September 2020 at the age of 89.
“Ed was a flying rock in the St. Louis area,” Goss said. “He was my father’s CFI, I grew up around him and he helped fuel my passion for aviation. His legacy is more than worth this scholarship programme.
“Every hour I spent with Ed, whether in the cockpit or just sitting in the hangar, was a wonderful hour. While he was passionate about safety, he knew flying should be fun – he had the wonderful gift of combining the two.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, each applicant must be:
- A current AOPA member at the time of application and award.
- A US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Currently enrolled in an accredited university or college and seeking a career in aviation.
Applications for the 2022 cycle will be accepted through February 11. Learn more about the AOPA Foundation Scholarship Program for Aviation Training and how to apply.