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The Virginia Department of Education announces the Granville P. Meade Scholarship which provides financial assistance to students who have achieved academically, but who are financially unable to attend college.  The Granville P. Meade fund awards scholarships to eligible Virginia high school seniors to attend one of Virginia’s public or private colleges or universities.

Principals of all public and nonpublic high schools are requested to assist in making students aware of this scholarship opportunity.  It is anticipated that the scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 per year for four years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

The application and selection timeline is as follows:

  • March 16, 2018 – Deadline for public and private school students to submit scholarship application to their high school principal.


Charles J. Colgan Scholarship

The Virginia Aviation Business Association is the sponsor of the annual Charles J. Colgan Scholarship. We provide an award in the amount of $2,000 (Two Thousand Dollars) to a well deserving Virginia resident High School,Technical School Senior or College/University Undergraduate who is pursuing an aviation or aerospace related career at an accredited institution. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the awardee.  Application Below

Deadline: March 30, 2018
  • 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”.
  • 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. Examples of aviation careers include (but are not limited to) pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, aviation managers, Air Traffic Control, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Management studies, etc.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Academic performance (30%), Essay (30%), Recommendations (20%), and Subjective (20%).
Having read the requirements, complete the following steps to apply for the VABA Charles J. Colgan Scholarship.
  • Complete and sign the VABA Scholarship application form.
  • Have your guidance counselor or other high school official sign all required certifications.
  • Attach an official copy of your current high school transcript and a copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment.
  • Have the individuals providing the recommendations put their recommendation letters in a sealed envelope, with their signature across the back sealed fold.
  • Mail all documents together to arrive by the deadline of March 30, 2018 to:​​
VABA Scholarship (Attn: S. Williams)
c/o Virginia Aviation Business Association




National Youth Science Camp

2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)


The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a broad science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experience that incorporates creative and performing arts as well as outdoor experience in an intense month-long camp for young scientists. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies on current STEM topics. The intense month-long program  also offers participants the opportunity to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities that have minimal impact on the environment and are challenging for the experienced but accessible to those who have never participated in outdoor excursions. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, West Virginia.

Two students will be chosen to represent Virginia as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018;
  • must be able to attend the entire NYSC program in Charleston, West Virginia, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and depart on Saturday, July 21, 2018;
  • must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics;
  • must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities;
  • must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits;
  • must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics; and
  • must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science CampThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website website. The application must be submitted through the NYSC website by February 28, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel based on the criteria required in the application. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018, regarding their selection status for the 2018 National Youth Science Camp.

Questions should be directed to Anne M. Petersen, Science Coordinator, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, by email at or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.