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Henry Ogrodzinski Scholarship

Henry M. Ogrodzinski
NASAO President and CEO
1996 - 2014


The purpose of the NASAO Henry Ogrodzinski Scholarship program is to award a scholarship for academic achievement in aviation or aerospace. The scholarship is offered to juniors or seniors at a college or university continuing their education in the aviation or aerospace industry.

Henry Ogrodzinski, spent more than seventeen years leading NASAO as its President and CEO and devoted his lifetime to the general aviation industry. Henry O, as he was referred to by the industry, passed away in January of 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Henry had been an advocate for aviation his entire professional life, starting at the General Motors’ avionics division in Milwaukee and moving to senior policy positions at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. and Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah. In 1996, Henry joined the staff of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) as President and CEO. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Aeronautic Association, the Oversight Committee of the Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Board of Nominations of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual award of the Collier Trophy for the “greatest achievement in aviation”. Henry led the aviation industry with incredible passion towards and sincere concern for all friends, and aviation industry stakeholders.