Two months after the death of Shanda Fanning, her family and friends started a scholarship fund in her memory.
The 37-year-old Lynchburg native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University's aerospace program was one of two pilots killed on August 14 when a United Parcel Service airplane crashed in Birmingham, Alabama.
Fanning's best friend and fellow MTSU alum, Whitney Dix, is keeping her memory alive through a scholarship fund at their alma mater.
"We met in college. We were both aerospace majors and we both loved airplanes and anything having to do with aviation," Dix said.
It is that passion for flying that drives the effort to raise at least $25,000 to endow a scholarship in Fanning's memory.
"Aviation is a hard industry to break into and it requires somebody who really loves it and wants it to be there, and I just want to help some student who wants to achieve that dream," Dix explained.
She is already contacting organizations interested in donating to the scholarship fund, which is managed by the MTSU Development and Foundation Office.
The goal is to begin awarding the scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year.
To donate to the Shanda Carney Fanning Memorial Aviation Scholarship, visit MTSU's Web site.