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the 2021 Scholarship Winner is.....
Tess Petersen 

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Introducing the 2021 winner of the Charles J. Colgan Aviation & Aerospace Scholarship….Tess Petersen!


Tess was selected from a large class of remarkable student applicants this year. She is from a small city in rural James City County and will be attending Longwood University in the Fall.

Tess is a true aviator having already accomplished the milestone of becoming a licensed pilot. She knew from an early age that, “there is freedom in flying, a state of being physically unrestricted and able to glide through the open sky. Hovering over the surface of the earth, a paradigm shift occurs producing an extraordinary view of the world below. Nothing is quite like it”. Taking her lessons at the Williamsburg Flight Center where she also works was a dream come true.

As a high school student at Banner Christian School, she excelled in both the classroom, as a member of the Golf Team and worked many hours as a volunteer with numerous organizations. Her Golf Coach said, “her determination is a strong characteristic of who she is”. Tess was a vital member of the team when they won their first conference championship in the school’s history.

Tess’s Flight Instructor said, “A special kind of dedication is required in the pursuit of learning to fly. A large commitment of time, energy, and persistence are required to complete such an endeavor. Tess has exemplified each of these attributes throughout this process”.

The Virginia Aviation Business Association is proud to present Tess with this scholarship award and we cannot wait to hear about all of her future successes.

Congratulations Tess!


About the Charles J. Colgan Scholarship

The annual Charles J. Colgan Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 (Two Thousand Dollars), 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 will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the awardee.