According to his parents, Civil Air Patrol changed Nick Schroder's life. Now Nick's memory will change other lives through a scholarship in his name that allows future cadets to explore career paths in aviation.
Lt. Col. William E. Hanna Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran and longtime Civil Air Patrol member, served in both peace and war. After his death in 2011, his family looked into creating the Lt. Col. William E. Hanna Jr. Memorial Flight Scholarship to help one cadet each year earn a private pilot's certificate.
A former Civil Air Patrol cadet's $1,025,000 gift as part of an endowment agreement to benefit the Nebraska Wing was announced at CAP's 2019 National Conference in Baltimore.
"This is an exciting development," said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's national commander/CEO. "We appreciate this generous gift, which will greatly impact the squadrons in the Nebraska Wing for years to come."
Lt. Col. Edward John Myzie died in September 2018, but his memory will be preserved forever, thanks to the generosity of his wife and her desire to share the New Jersey Wing couple's love of flying.
Lt. Col. Amy Myzie made an initial $20,000 donation in August to establish a scholarship in her late husband's name for cadets to attend a National Flight Academy sponsored by Civil Air Patrol. Her contributions eventually will total $50,000.
The loyalty and generosity of a charter member of Civil Air Patrol's Nellis Senior Squadron was on full display at a banquet Jan. 12, 2020 in Las Vegas when a gift of $450,721 was made official.
The gift from the Charles and Lenke N. Tarr Fund came 20 years after Charles' death. It was one of 17 gifts distributed at the banquet, all to organizations and charities that Tarr supported during his 84 years of life.
A partnership between the Civil Air Patrol Foundation and a Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Detroit will ensure that over the next five years, needs-based scholarships will be available to assist Michigan cadets who want to further their education.
The scholarship proposal came from John Mullins, finance director for CAP's Michigan Wing and treasurer for VVA Detroit Chapter 9. Mullins joined the U.S. Army after high school and benefited from the GI Bill after his tour of duty in Vietnam. He used that educational opportunity to become a certified public accountant.