Red BeachThe Red Beach Scholarship Fund, named for the late CAPA co-founder & Chatham flight instructor Red Beach (pictured), provides annual scholarships to aviation students. In addition, beginning in 2015, additional scholarships donated by John Garabedian, and by Cape Air, are being awarded.

The scholarship is named after "Red" Beach, a well-loved Chatham flight instructor who was killed in a tragic seaplane accident on Lake Winnipesaukee over a decade ago when the engine failed at low altitude.  "Red" Beach earned his pilot's license before he received a drivers license.

Scholarship fund chairman Jeff Bauer and his committee are currently in the process of reviewing candidates for this year's awards, which will be presented at the June 2021 CAPA meeting. If you are a high school student or know any candidates who are pursuing an aviation career and would like to apply, you should download the application instructions by clicking HERE, and also the scholarship application form by clicking HERE. If you have any questions you may contact Jeff at

To make contributions or donations to our Red Beach Scholarship Fund please contact us here or you can write us at the following address:


Cape Cod Pilots Association • PO Box 3005 • Waquoit • MA • 02536-3005


The Cape Area Pilots Association presents the 2020 Careers in Aviation Scholarship Awards.  

Each year the Cape Area Pilots Association (CAPA) presents scholarships to regional applicants studying for careers in aviation. CAPA is dedicated to the promotion of flight safety, increasing the local interest in aviation, and fostering the growth of those individuals interested in the vast field of aviation careers. These careers include, piloting, maintenance, air traffic control, aerodynamics, aviation operation specialists, airport management, flight standards specialists, and the related aviation sciences.
COVID-19 had caused CAPA to forgo its normal scholarship presentation awards ceremony typically done the first Wednesday in June. This years presentation was accomplished on line as a ZOOM. However, this year’s scholarship recipients were outstanding in their own right, and we would like to acknowledge them here as well.
The Charles Baxter Memorial Scholarship was donated by “Bob’s” wife Rosemarie Baxter in his memory. “Bob” started his love of aviation as a child. He ultimately became a flight test engineer for Northrop Grumman. Upon his retirement he moved to Cape Cod and became a member of CAPA. The winner of this year’s award was Colton Lubbe. He is a graduate of Falmouth High School and is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The John Garabedian Scholarship is named for, and donated by, our current CAPA president John Garabedian. John has always been an avid aviation enthusiast. He owns more than twenty aircraft. Besides being president of CAPA, he serves on the board of the Aero Club of New England. He is also very involved with the Massachusetts Air and Space Museum where he was also a board member. The winner of this year’s award went to Alexander LaRuffa. He is a graduate of Falmouth High School, and he is attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The Red Beach Memorial Scholarship was developed to honor Red Beach. A short bio and picture is available above. Through the generosity of its membership, CAPA was able to award two Red Beach Scholarships. The first of which went to Ben Judelson. He is a graduate of Sturgis Charter School in Hyannis where he receives an international baccalaureate diploma. He is currently attending Virgina Polytech. Institute studying aerospace engineering. The second awardee is Drew Andre. He also attended Sturgis Charter School. He is attending Arizona State University, and has plans to become a commercial pilot.
The students that have received these scholarships, and I, would like to thank the donors and the entire membership of CAPA for their continued support of our Aviation Scholarship program. You are the ones that that want to share your love of aviation by helping to support the dreams of others.

Thank you all that have helped make these awards possible. It is only through the generosity of our members who have donated funds when renewing their membership, and through our raffles that many of these awards are possible. If you would like to start a scholarship in your name or the name of someone you would like to honor, please contact Dr. Jeff Bauer, our Scholarship chairman, at

The Cape Area Pilot’s Association, Inc. is a group of 122 Cape pilots organized to promote aviation safety and education and meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.  It was originally organized in 1995 as the Chatham Airport Pilot’s Association and soon expended to encompass aviation and membership at the Cape’s ten airports.  Their web site is  New members are welcome, and the only requirement for membership is a love for aviation.




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