"You'll be flying along some nights with a full moon. You're up at 45,000 feet. Up there you can see it like you can't see it down here. It's just the big, bright, clear moon. You look up there and just say to yourself: I've got to get up there.
I've just got to get one of those flights."
The New York Times, January 29, 1967
To find out how you can support our scholarship mission.
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, Michigan.