Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:




Opening Doors and Changing Lives

Donna Roberts, an associate professor and dual alumna of Embry-Riddle (2010), wanted to help students who share her passion for education, especially those in the military.

A Vision for Future Entrepreneurs

Pilot and businessman Frederick ‘Rick’ Brown’s recent planned gift honors the entrepreneurial spirit that mentor Jack Hunt once sparked in him

Generosity Times Ten

Ted Beneigh believes that Henry David Thoreau had it right when he advised, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

A Winning Combination

When it comes to their philosophy of giving, Bob and Bobbi Coleman are as like-minded as their names would suggest.

A Perfect Fit

Bob and Jenny Crouch know a thing or two about synergy. They spent a combined 60 years with Boeing Commercial—Bob mostly as a mid-level manager and Jenny as a human resources employee and manager—bringing the right pieces together to get the best results.

Growing Opportunities

“Embry-Riddle Prescott is part of my family and part of my history. It’s something that I love and am really proud of.” – Tonia Fortner, Embry-Riddle Prescott Board of Visitors member

Embry-Riddle’s First Cadet Gives Back

As the very first Cadet to enroll in Embry-Riddle’s Air Force ROTC program, Chuck Graf (‘75, DB) has a special place in his heart for what has become the largest university Air Force ROTC Detachment in the nation.

Celebrating a Love of Flight

“John always declared he was going to fly until he died and his wish was granted.” — Teresa Delafosse

A Higher Education

“I hope that our funding of the distinguished speakers program will bring people to the Embry-Riddle campus who will help build leadership in our society by providing them with real insight into their faith and skills.” – Trustee Emeritus Harry V. Lamon Jr.

Investing In the Future

“I like what Embry-Riddle is doing and has done for the community. I think it’s a great institution.”-- L. Gale Lemerand

Making History

"That’s why I’m a donor, because of all I’ve been given. For me, it’s all these experiences that just gave me an awesome life.” —Bob Rockett

Champions for Eagle Athletics

“We want the students to excel the best they can.”— Joan Spiroff

Honoring the Goals and Dreams of a Lifetime

Lisa Elizabeth Wagner was a focused, driven young woman who endeavored to live every day of her life exactly as she had imagined it.

Taking Care of Business

“We wanted to do something to specifically help students.”— Alex Wells