|Motto||"The mission is to encourage and support young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots."|
|Headquarters||Marlton, NJ, United States|
The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in memory of First Officer LeRoy W. Homer Jr.. LeRoy Homer was the co-pilot of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The organization is based Marlton, New Jersey and is operated on an all-volunteer basis which allows donated funds to be used for the foundation’s programs. The foundation board consists of individuals who have an aviation background, friends and/or family members of LeRoy Homer, or volunteers. The foundation has two board members, Soledad O’Brien and Emily Warner.
The foundation was founded in 2002 by Melodie Homer, the wife of LeRoy Homer. The Foundation was established to provide support and encouragement to young adults with an interest in aviation and to help them pursue professional flight instruction leading to certification as a private pilot. Aviation scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis to young adults through an application process. Applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee of Foundation board members and professional pilots. Once an individual is selected as a scholarship recipient, flight training is completed at a Cessna Pilot Center. In 2009, the Foundation awarded 11 scholarships to students from all over the United States.
The foundation is also introduces aviation careers to children, with an emphasis on reaching disadvantaged youth, as both women and minorities are underrepresented in the field of aviation. The foundation’s aviation awareness programs are presented to area elementary schools and youth groups, utilizing tools such as Catavia Kids Black Box Program.
Since September 11th, there has been a steady decline in the number of pilots in the industry. One of the goals of the Foundation is to increase the availability of pilots and to continue LeRoy’s legacy and passion for flight.