The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation was founded in 2002, in memory of LeRoy Homer, First Officer of United Airlines #93 when it crashed in Shanksville, PA on September 11th, 2001. The mission of The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation is to encourage and support young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots and increase awareness to the field of aviation. The Foundation awards flight scholarships to obtain private pilot certification.
Since The Foundation began in 2002, twenty-one scholarships have been granted. Twenty recipients have currently received their private pilot license. All but one individual is working in the field of aviation as follows:
Fourteen individuals have graduated from four year programs with degrees including aeronautical engineering, aeronautical science, aviation, flight technology, and aviation business, cyber security and cyber engineering. Six students are currently completing their undergraduate degrees and one is competing high school. Most recipients have achieved additional ratings – instrument, complex, commercial single & multi-engine, airline transport pilot (ATP) and certified flight instructor (CFI.)
Two past recipients are graduates of the US Naval Academy and US Air Force Academy, two are presently completing their studies at the US Air Force Academy. The Foundation’s scholarship recipients currently fly FA-18s in the US Navy, C-135 and C-17s in the US Air Force, MD-11 for Western Global Airlines and MD-88 for Delta Airlines.