New Aviation Scholarship Available for Midwestern Students


The Edward B. Shafer Future of Flight Endowment Fund was established through a generous donation to the AOPA Foundation from member Paul Guse. The endowment fund will provide an annual scholarship of $ 5,000 to an individual pursuing a career in aviation, including aerospace engineering; fly professionally as an airline pilot, company pilot, etc. ; flight instruction; aircraft maintenance; and airport management.

Shafer was well known in the GA community of the St. Louis area, serving as a flight instructor for more than six decades. A US Air Force veteran, his enduring commitment to aviation safety was recognized in 2019 by the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA. As the owner and operator of St. Louis Metro-East Airport / Shafer Field, he has positively influenced hundreds of new and experienced aviators, generously sharing his knowledge and experience with kindness, patience and humor.

Shafer died in September 2020 at the age of 89.

“Ed was an aviation rock in the St. Louis area,” Guse said. “He was my father’s CFI, I grew up around him and he helped me develop my passion for aviation. His legacy is more than worthy of this scholarship program.

“Every hour I spent with Ed, whether in the cockpit or just sitting in the hangar, was an incredible hour. While he was passionate about safety, he knew that flying had to be fun – he had an incredible knack for combining the two.

To be eligible for the scholarship, each candidate must be:

  • A current member of AOPA at the time of application and award.
  • US citizen or US permanent resident.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited university or college and pursuing a career in aviation.

Applications for the 2022 cycle will be accepted until February 11. Learn more about the AOPA Foundation Flight Training Fellowship program and how to apply.


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