The mission of The Hank Sasser Foundation is to continue the passion of leadership and aviation by providing resources and education to others who will keep it going.
Our general leadership scholarship is created to support those individuals who are hungry to keep it going and better themselves so they can help others be better. Scholarship awards will be applied to the recipient’s continuing education, which may include college or graduate school expenses, technical school, educational conferences, or other professional development opportunities.
From a young age, Hank was an old soul. He enjoyed waking up before dawn to watch the sunrise. He was kind-hearted and a good listener. He loved his family and was a loyal friend. He was raised to be a Texas Longhorns fan, then eagerly followed in his big sister’s footsteps to the University of Oklahoma. He thrived in young adulthood, finding a calling in leadership and a fascination for aviation. In short, Hank was living out his dreams, and we wish that is where this narrative ended. On a sunny Saturday morning in August 2014, Hank died in an accidental plane crash. Suddenly, those who loved Hank most were forced to recalibrate their lives without him in it.
As his family and friends reflected on his 24 years of life in the weeks and months that followed, two things became clear:
They had to “Keep it Going.” These three simple words from Hank have become the rally cry for honoring his life by resolving to continue to dream, to impact, to give, and yes, even to fly, in his memory.
“You’re only as successful as your people, so always do everything you can to love and develop them. They can do the same for their people eventually. Success will follow.”
The Hank Sasser Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is committed to continuing Hank’s passion for leadership and aviation by providing resources and education to others who will “Keep it Going.”