Established in 1967, the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund awards a
$3,000 college scholarship each year to an outstanding high school senior, in the Kent
Intermediate School District, who intends to pursue a college career in
engineering or the sciences.
The scholarship memorializes Navy Lieutenant Commander Roger B. Chaffee, a Grand Rapids
native and Apollo Astronaut who perished with fellow crewmates Gus
Grissom and Ed White when fire swept through their Apollo 1 Command
Module during a pre-launch
simulation on January 27, 1967.
As a bright and enduring legacy, the Roger B.
Chaffee Scholarship Fund was established by Roger’s family and friends and
continues to promote educational excellence throughout Kent County,
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