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Charles J. Colgan Scholarship Available for Students

The annual Charles J. Colgan Scholarship is awarded to a well deserving Virginia resident High School, Technical School senior or College/University undergraduate who is pursuing an aviation related career at an accredited institution. The scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the awardee.

Applicants must meet several scholarship requirements that include submitting a completed and signed application with all supporting documents by the deadline of Friday, April 29, 2022. Students must have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in their last full year of study.

A completed essay should be included as part of the application, that is typed, double-spaced between 250-500 words on the subject: “Why I Wish to Pursue a Career in Aviation” or “Why Aviation is Important to the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Careers in aviation shall include, but not be limited to, pilots, aviation maintenance, aviation management, air traffic control, aerospace engineering and aviation operations.

Students must include two letters of recommendation, preferably from at least one person in the aviation industry. Additional requirements include providing proof of acceptance into an aviation-related post-secondary education program or proof of good standing in an existing program located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Consideration may also be given to any additional factors or criteria that an applicant may wish to present to the scholarship committee by submission of an additional statement, typed, double-spaced of no more than 250 words.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Academic performance (30%), Essay (30%), Recommendations (20%) and Subjective (20%). In order to apply, complete and sign the VABA Scholarship Application and have your guidance counselor or other high school official sign all required certifications.

Applicants are required to attach an official copy of your current high school transcript, a copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment of good standing/acceptance into an accredited post-secondary institution. The individuals that provide your letter of recommendation must put their letters in a sealed envelope, with their signature across the back sealed fold.

Charles J. Colgan Scholarship

Mail all documents to arrive by the deadline to:

VABA Scholarship (Attn: L. Cary)
c/o Virginia Aviation Business Association
1011 E. Main Street
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23219