The owner of Quietly Making Noise, LLC is committed to giving back to charitable causes near to her and her husband’s hearts. Four primary organizations that benefit through donations of time and money from QMN are the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Give Kids the World, and the Foundation for Seminole State College.
Astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs, along with industry leaders, educational institutions, and patrons are helping the United States retain its world leadership in technology and innovation by supporting the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while commemorating the legacy of American’s pioneering astronauts. To date, the foundation has awarded over $6 million in scholarships to more than 600 deserving students.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1984 by the six surviving original Mercury 7 astronauts, Betty Grissom (widow of the seventh, Gus Grissom), Henri Landwirth (see below), and Dr. Bill Douglas, the Mercury 7 flight surgeon. Lisa Schott, owner of QMN, has served on the Board of Directors of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation since 1997 and is Founder and President of ASF’s alumni group, the Astronaut Scholars Honor Society. She received the scholarship award from 1987-1990 while studying at Georgia Tech and has been a tireless volunteer since then. Lisa initiated the annual convention of scholars and alumni in Florida, where current and past scholarship winners meet each other and astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs. Through these activities, a strong network of some of the leading young scientists and engineers in America has formed. She is also the first non-astronaut Vice Chairman and has twice served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force, Chair of the Program Committee, and Chair of the American Dream Makers Task Force. She is dedicated to continually creating and improving programs to assist Astronaut Scholars of all ages.
The ASF Board of Directors is: Curt Brown (Chairman), Lisa Schott (Vice Chairman), Michael Neukamm (Secretary), Eric Moleski (Treasurer), Caroline Schumacher (President / CEO), James A. Lovell (Chairman Emeritus), Scott Altman, Rick Armstrong, Patrick Biltgen, Jessica Blomberg, Larry Bradley, Dan Brandenstein, Kevin Chilton, Richard Covey, Charles Duke, Chris Ferguson, Bernard Harris, Jim Hays, Janet Kavandi, Charlie Precourt, Brewster Shaw, and Kathryn Thornton.
Please visit the ASF web site at www.AstronautScholarship.org for more information or to learn how to make a contribution to this worthy cause.
In April 2019, the Jennifer Lynn Schott Childhood Arthritis Clinic was dedicated at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. George and Lisa Schott are the founding donors of the clinic and serve as Co-Chairs of the Committee for the annual Nemours Holiday Golf Classic to raise funds for the clinic that serves children who have arthritis throughout the Central Florida area. This initiative is in memory of George’s daughter, Jenny. Please read A Tribute to Jennifer Lynn Schott for more information about this accomplished young woman.
The clinic provides much needed support to children and their families in overcoming the physical, emotional, and mental challenges associated with childhood arthritis and living with a chronic illness. The clinic provides a full range of resources including access to Physicians and Nurses, Behavioral Health, Social Work, Child Life, Physical Therapy, and School-Based Education through the PedsAcademy (a program of Nemours and the University of Central Florida). Children also connect with other patient families and meet other kids who are facing the same issues. The goal is to assure the best possible care for the whole child and family, whether the challenges are medical, emotional, logistical, or educational. This continues the legacy of George’s late daughter, Jennifer, who always worked hard to benefit others.
To date, the Schott’s have been involved in raising over $287,000 to provide crucial support to the clinic. Prior to the initiative with Nemours, the Schott’s were actively involved in the organization of an event called the Fruitcakes in the Alley bowling tournament and music festival for 10 years. It was a ton of fun and raised over $300,000 in net donated funds to the Arthritis Foundation on behalf of Kids with Arthritis. They also became lifelong friends with many families who are dealing with this difficult chronic disease and raised awareness among hundreds of people who never realized that children get arthritis too.
Please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/golfclassic/ for more information about the Holiday Golf Classic and sponsorship opportunities.
Give Kids the World is a 89 acre, non-profit resort with 166 villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun especially designed for children with special needs whose wish is to visit Central Florida’s best loved attractions. Volunteers at GKTW adhere to beliefs such as the following:
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
GKTW was founded by Mr. Henri Landwirth, a survivor of several Nazi death camps and labor camps including Auschwitz, Matthausen, and Ostrowitz. At the end of the war, Henri was marched into the woods to be shot, but at the last minute a Nazi soldier decided to spare his life, and told him to run. The miracle that saved Henri’s life and his subsequent incredible life journey brought him to America and eventually led him to become a very successful businessman and friend to the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Lisa Schott, owner of QMN, met Henri through the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. He has been such an inspiration to Lisa, that she began volunteering at the Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida in 1991.
GKTW Village has welcomed more than 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries, providing a free week-long vacation in Orlando, Florida.
For more than 30 years, Quietly Making Noise, LLC (QMN) has been quietly making a huge impact on GKTW by providing pro bono acoustical consulting services for many of the Village buildings and venues. Read more about this unique acoustical work in an article that was published in the GKTW publication “Miracles and Memories” in early 2021.
In addition, QMN adopted two of the family villas. With a large crew of friends and family, QMN provides maintenance, deep cleaning, landscaping, and other services for these villas three to four times per year with the goal of keeping them in top condition for the visiting families. The QMN group also decorates the villas and several other buildings in the Village each year for the Christmas holidays! In 2014, QMN served on the Steering Committee for Extreme Village Makeover, a massive undertaking to renovate all of the villas with the latest interior design finishes and state-of-the art appliances and fixtures.
Please visit www.gktw.org for more information on this worthy cause.
QMN President Lisa Schott and her husband, George, honor the memory of his daughter Jennifer with an endowed scholarship in her name at Seminole State College of Florida. Jenny attended Seminole State College (then known as Seminole Community College) and was a leader among her peers. She was Founder and President of a support group for disabled students, called “Inside the Outsiders”, in which students dealing with disabilities could come together, share experiences, and provide support to each other. She also tutored students from local elementary and high schools and even other college students. She graduated from SCC with High Honors and Distinction with a 4.0 GPA, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and received an Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics.
Jenny passed away in 2004, at age 26, after a life-long battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. One of her last wishes was a very unselfish one, to create a scholarship for disabled students at SCC. Today, the Jennifer L. Schott Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which was started completely with donations in her memory, is awarded annually at Seminole State College to provide financial assistance to other handicapped students to inspire and achieve success in their future endeavors. George and Lisa Schott are active supporters and participate in choosing the recipients of the scholarship.
Please visit www.seminolestate.edu/foundation/ for more information about the history and all of the programs of the Foundation.