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 in include piloting, maintenance, air traffic control, aerodynamics aviation operation specialists, airport management, flight standards specialists, and the related aviation sciences. CAPA encourages these young people through our scholarship program. The onset of COVID-19 has once again caused CAPA to forgo its normal presentation award ceremony again this year. The ceremony is typically preformed the first Wednesday in June in Rectrix at the Hyannis Airport.. This year the ceremony was accomplished on line with the use of a ZOOM format.
The Red Beach Scholarship Fund, named for the late CAPA co-founder & Chatham flight instructor Red Beach (pictured), provides annual scholarships to aviation students. 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.
Two additional scholarships have been funded since 2015: The Charles Baxter Memorial Scholarship was donated by “Bob’s” wife Rosemarie Baxter in his memory. This scholarship is valued at $2,500. The John Garabedian Scholarship, also at $2,500, is named for and donated by our current CAPA president John Garabedian.
The Charles Baxter Memorial Scholarship was donated by “Bob’s” wife Rosemarie Baxter in his memory. This scholarship is valued at $2,500. “Bob” started his love of aviation as a child. Ultimately, he became a flight test engineer for Northrop Grumman. Upon his retirement to Cape Cod he became a member of CAPA. The winner of this year’s award is Isabel Husted from Sandwich. She graduated Sturgis charter school in Hyannis and is now attending The University of Florida.
The John Garabedian Scholarship is named for and donated by our current CAPA president John Garabedian. The scholarship is valued at $2,500. John has always been an avid aviation enthusiast. Besides being president of CAPA he serves on the board of The Aero Club of New England. He owns more than 12 aircraft. He is also very active in the Massachusetts Air and Space Museum. The winner of this year’s scholarship went to Nicholas Wilson from Centerville. He attended Barnstable High School. He is currently employed by Cape Air and is hoping to become a commercial pilot.
The Red Beach Memorial Scholarship was developed to honor Red Beach a well-loved Chatham flight instructor, killed in a tragic aviation accident. The generosity of CAPA members supports this award through their donations. This year CAPA has donated funding to provide for three awards of $2,000 each. The scholarships have been presented to: William Bautista of Hyannis. He attended Cape Cod Community College maintenance program and is currently employed by Cape Air. The second recipient is Riley Burke of Plymouth. She is attending Plymouth High School. She is planning on attending Purdue University. The third recipient is Josiah Royce of West Barnstable. He is attending Barnstable High School and is entering Cape Cod Community Aviation Maintenance program in the fall.
The students that have received these scholarships, and I, would like to thank the private donors and the entire membership of CAPA for their continued support of our Aviation Scholarship Program. You are the ones that want to share your love of aviation by helping to support the dreams of others.
Riley Burke - 2021 Scholarship Winner
2021 Scholarship Meeting Zoom Session
Josiah Royce - 2021 Scholarship Winner
Isabel Husted - 2021 Scholarship Winner
Scholarship fund chairman Jeff Bauer and his committee will be reviewing candidates for next year's awards, which will be presented at the June 2022 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 form and instructions by clicking HERE.. If you have any questions you may contact Jeff at email@example.com.
To make tax-deductible contributions or donations to our Red Beach Scholarship Fund please make check payable to CAPA and mail to:
Cape Area Pilots Association • PO Box 3005 • Waquoit • MA • 02536-3005
Previous Scholarship Winner Kyle Ouellette
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.