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Col. Robert F. Szul Scholarship Fund

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Scholarship Overview

Robert Szul, known as Bob, was a distinguished Vietnam War combat veteran and dedicated volunteer with Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Bob always had a passion for serving his community. He was a graduate of Brown University and Texas Christian University, receiving a master’s degree in public administration. His calling to serve continued when Bob entered the Air Force in 1969. He flew combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor and the Meritorious Service Medal, and received other commendations for his dedication and bravery. Bob retired as a Colonel for the U.S. Air Force but stayed in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, continuing his patriotic duty by working for Homeland Security after 9/11. After retirement, Bob moved to Hawaii and  became an active volunteer at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. There, he found his calling supporting the education programs, where he worked to help build, and maintain, a safe and fun educational experience for youth. Through his exceptional character, he was able to convey his love of flight along with the instilled values from his own military training and service. Bob also served as a mentor and advocate for young people, knowing his own aviation experience inspired and motivated students with whom he connected. At the Museum, Bob reliably and consistently volunteered for education programs. He saw first-hand how involvement in these programs supported future goals, achievement, and success.

This Scholarship Fund will support classrooms and youth organizations experience and participate in the dynamic education programs offered at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Interested teachers or youth group advisors who seek support to bring their students to the museum should contact our Education Department. Please email [email protected] or call 808-445-9137 for more information.

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