Due to COVID-19 the VABA is modifying the application submission process in an effort to assist students with their application packets. Please see below for details.
2020 Charles J. Colgan Scholarship
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. The deadline for 2020 submissions is Friday, May 29, 2020.
Completed and signed application and all supporting documents received by the deadline.
Attained a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in their last full year of study.
Completed essay, 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.
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, preferably from at least one person in the Aviation industry.
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%).
How to Apply
Having read the requirements, complete the following steps to apply for the VABA Charles J. Colgan Scholarship.
The application packet does not have to include all of the required paperwork together as long as each document is received by the deadline.
Complete and sign the Charles J. Colgan Scholarship application form.
Have your guidance counselor or other high school official sign all required certifications.
Include an official copy of your current high school transcript and a copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment or good standing/acceptance into an accredited post-secondary institution. If you are unable to obtain an official copy of your transcript due to your school being closed, you may have your guidance counselor or other school official email Lena Cary directly at:
The individuals that provide your letter of recommendation (LOR) must put their letters in a sealed envelope, with their signature across the back sealed fold. The individual providing your LOR can mail the letter directly to Lena Cary at the address below or send via email. The LOR should not be submitted from the student unless it is in the sealed envelope. It shall be the student's responsibility to submit their application documents using one of these options.
Mail all documents to arrive by the deadline to:
VABA Scholarship (Attn: L. Cary)
c/o Virginia Aviation Business Association
1011 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Please contact Lena Cary with questions: or (804) 525-1144