AAST Foundation Chairman's Message: Why Troopers Need You

I am a retired State Trooper, having served for more than 30 years with the Florida Highway Patrol. State Troopers believe in service to their community. They don't expect anything in return for what they do. They willingly fulfill their responsibilities with dedication, knowing they are working for the greater good of our communities and helping individuals when they need it most.

The Foundation's Role

The American Association of State Troopers Foundation, Inc. was founded to provide a special way to give back to trooper members of the American Association of State Troopers, Inc. (AAST), through academic scholarships for their dependents. These goals cannot be achieved with out your help.

You Can Help

I encourage you to examine this website and learn more about state troopers across the country and the positive work they do, interaction with their community. See what our scholarship recipients have accomplished and the troopers and families who have already been helped by your efforts. You will see inspiring people whose lives revolve around protecting and providing for you. Your support will make the difference in the lives of those dedicated to your welfare. You can take this opportunity to say, "Thank you for rescuing those of us caught in unfortunate situations. Thank you for striving to protect us from reckless drivers. Thank you for guarding those of us who need it. Thank you for risking your lives to keep our streets safe. Thank you for everything you do."

Kenneth L. Spears, AASTF Committee Chairman
Florida Highway Patrol - Major (Retired)

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From Our Members


"Your gift helped further my education and allowed me to follow in the footsteps of family members before me. My grandfather, Captain Joe F. Dixon (retired), served the Florida Highway Patrol for 39 years and my father. Major Jeffrey S. Dixon, has been on patrol for the past 25 years. My family has been in FHP for several decades and I graduated in the 137th FHP Academy class in 2017.

I know AAST Supports the education of troopers and their dependants through scholarship opportunities, and I am truly grateful to be a recipient. Man's flight through life is supported by the power of his knowledge and your gift will certainly help me sustain my educational and professional goals. As a part of a trooper's family, this opportunity means a great deal to me and my family. Thank you to everyone at AAST and to my fellow troopers and retirees across the country who support the scholarship program."

- Wesley Dixon,
- Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
- AAST Scholarship Recipient