When our nation's first military academy was established in 1802, then President Thomas Jefferson envisioned an institution that would produce a corps of talented, disciplined and ethically guided individuals who would serve the nation in many capacities and from generation to generation.
Today, our Air Force Academy continues that vision by producing leaders of character who serve the nation in the military, in government, in business and in the community. But to attract the best young men and women, provide the best academic experience, and produce outstanding leaders of character requires financial resources that go beyond what is now being provided by the federal government.
That is why the USAFA Endowment was established as a charitable foundation supporting the United States Air Force Academy. Our purpose is simple: to provide private funds in support of the Air Force Academy's mission – building leaders of character for the Air Force and our nation. Providing this support to the Academy is a broad task and will be a continual effort. But at the moment, there is a focus to our activities informed by the current priorities of the institution. Currently we are actively raising support for two projects:
Your gift to the Air Force Academy Fund allows the Endowment the flexibility to use your gift where it is needed most – in support of the Academy, the Association of Graduates, or for Endowment operations. It also affords us the opportunity to move quickly on unexpected opportunities on behalf of these organizations.
The Air Force Academy is embarking on a major effort to greatly expand the existing Center for Character Development. The new Center for Character and Leadership Development will offer more robust programs and impressive new facilities, which are better able to ensure that our graduates possess qualities of character and leadership consistent with the imperatives of a very dynamic profession of arms.
The Academy has identified the need to significantly increase its available indoor athletic training and competition space. The current facilities, constructed in 1968, are no longer adequate to support the year-round training and competition schedules for the Academy's 27 intercollegiate sports, 15 intramural sports and ongoing physical education classes. Additionally, the Academy is losing the competitive edge, on the field and in the process of recruiting, by being the only Service Academy and one of only two institutions in the Mountain West Conference without a dedicated indoor athletic training facility.
The Scowcroft Professorship in National Security Studies
The Professorship is named in honor of Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, commemorating his lifetime of distinguished service to the nation. The Professorship is charged with teaching, conducting and promoting research on defense and space issues, expanding internship and graduate fellowship opportunities for cadets, and fostering a national dialogue on space issues among all sectors of the space community. Filled by a scholar of national reputation, the Professorship further establishes the Air Force Academy as the leading undergraduate institution in the areas of defense and space policy, and helps develop successive generations of Air Force officers with a vocation for space.