The best friend of a pilot killed in a plane crash in Alabama last month wants to start a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University to honor her life.
Shanda Fanning and another pilot lost their lives when the UPS cargo plane they were flying went down outside Birmingham, Alabama in the early morning hours of August 14.
Fanning was from Lynchburg and graduated from MTSU in 1999.
After the memorial service, Fanning's MTSU classmate Whitney Dix approached the university about starting a scholarship to help keep Fanning's memory alive.
"I'm just so grateful they came to us and want to honor her memory here and want to keep that alive," MTSU scholarship coordinator Amy Hardin told News 2. "I think she's definitely an example of what type of students we're producing here out of this program."
The goal is to begin awarding the scholarship next year. To make that a reality, organizers need to raise $25,000.
Once established, the Shanda Carney Fanning Aviation Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to aviation students studying within MTSU's nationally known aerospace program.
"This scholarship is very important to me because Shanda was my best friend for 18 years and I want her name to live on at MTSU," Dix said. "We shared a love of aviation and our alma mater. MTSU and the Aerospace Department were a huge part of who we became as individuals and ultimately shaped our lives, our friendship, and our careers."
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