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Embry-Riddle Silver Wings chapter wins Morley award

Prescott - The Steven M. Scherp Chapter of Silver Wings, composed of students attending the Prescott, Ariz., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is the proud winner of the 2007 Lt. Col. Bill Morley Award, presented annually to the chapter that best accomplishes the service aspect of the Silver Wings mission. Members of the Scherp Chapter were presented with a plaque during the National Conclave of the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings held in April in Salt Lake City, Utah.

All Silver Wings chapters in good standing are automatically considered for the 2007 Morley Award, with the winning chapter selected by the organization's national vice president on the basis of the quantity and quality of its service projects. The award is sponsored by the Frank S. Hagan Chapter of Louisiana State University.

Dr. Norval Pohl, chancellor of Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus, recently received a letter from retired Air Force Gen. Alfred Hansen, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, stating: "As you begin the 2007-2008 academic year, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate your fine university for providing the atmosphere necessary to foster award-winning student organizations."

Silver Wings is a national, coed, professional organization open to Air Force ROTC cadets and non-AFROTC students. It is dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. Silver Wings is affiliated with the Arnold Air Society, an honorary organization of Air Force ROTC cadets whose mission is to advance the purpose, traditions, and goals of AFROTC and the U.S. Air Force.

The Steven M. Scherp Chapter of Silver Wings has 40 student members as well as an advisor from the U.S. Air Force. On campus, the group is supported by the cadre of AFROTC Detachment 028 and numerous Embry-Riddle faculty.

Among the accomplishments that earned the Scherp Chapter the Morley Award, the group held a car wash that raised over $400 to buy supplies for U.S. troops overseas, donated five boxes of supplies to, worked with a local elementary school to send 60 thank-you cards to the troops, and decorated a Veterans Administration hospital. The students also picked up highway litter, organized a blood drive, and held a children's Halloween party at a local zoo.

Student April Chen was president of the Scherp Chapter when it won the Morley Award. "I'm extremely proud of my fellow chapter members," she says. "For all the dedication, pride, and commitment they put into this organization, there is no doubt they deserve this prestigious award as one of the best Silver Wings chapters in the nation. I'd like to offer special thanks to the Scherp Squadron for their endless support and efforts to accomplish the mission. And, of course, a huge thanks to our former advisor, Capt. Donald Hutchison, for his outstanding leadership and guidance."

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit

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