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 2018 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 2017 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 maintenance, air traffic, aerodynamics, aviation operations specialists, airport management, flight standards specialists, and the related aviation sciences.

Our 2017 Scholarship Awards Meeting was held on June 7th at Cape Cod Community College. It was not only attended by an enormous group of members, but two very special guests, and year’s four CAPA scholarship recipients and their parents. This year through the memberships efforts we were able to award two Red Beach scholarships for $2,000 each. All four winners have a heart felt interest in aviation and two will be starting their aviation education next year at two of the countries leading aviation institutions. There was also one other winner, Sara Cozart, who sent a very heart felt letter explaining that she was not accepting her Red Beach Scholarship since she was surprisingly given a job flying with Cape Air. In her letter she explained how she felt the scholarship money could help another student rather than being awarded to her.

The recipients of our 2017 scholarships are:

Jashan Chopra Winner of the Cape Air Scholarship for $3,000. He is attending Mashpee High School in the honors program. He will be attending college in the fall with his sights set on becoming an astronaut. His award was presented to him by Steve Philips head of operations for Cape Air. Prior to presenting the award Steve informed the group about how important these scholarships really are not just to the recipients, but the industry as a whole. Steve discussed the tremendous shortage of pilots available to the airlines. He attributed this to a decrease in pilots coming from the military and the lack of involvement at the civil level. He congratulated the students and CAPA for our continued efforts in providing quality pilots to the industry.

Brian Anderson winner of a Red Beach Scholarship for $2,000. He lives in Bourne and graduated Bourne High School. He works for Alpha One Flying at Plymouth Airport, and is currently working on his CFI. He is presently attending Bridgewater State University to attain a degree in aviation management. This is the fourth scholarship CAPA has awarded this remarkable young man.

Colton Lubbe winner of a Red Beach Scholarship for $2,000. Colton lives in East Falmouth, and just recently graduated Falmouth High School. His career objective is to become a commercial pilot and fly for a major airline. Jeff had all the winners read their personal letters that accompanied their applications to the group. Colton’s was particularly interesting as he described how aviation has helped him overcome his learning disorder and made him achieve the grades that he presented to us so that he could win this scholarship. He will be attending Embry riddle in the fall.

Daniel Kelly winner of the John Garabedian Scholarship for $2,500. Daniel is from Wellfleet. He graduated Nauset High School in 2016 and is presently attending Bridgewater State University. His goal is to become a commercial pilot for a major airline. He hopes to achieve this working as a CFI accumulating flight hours, and then go to work for Cape Air. Thank you John for providing this scholarship.


2017 Scholarship Winners

Left to right: Scholarship Chairman Dr. Jeff Bauer, Jashan Chopra, Colton Lubbe, Daniel Kelly, Brian Anderson, Cape Air Chief Pilot Steven Phillips, FAA deputy administrator Todd Friedenberg

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.



Past Scholarship Winners

Christina Satcher Connor McCarthy Dan Kinchla Johnathan Beach Mel Rego Vince Donnelly
David McWilliam explains how he fell in love with aviation as a young boy, building over 100 model aircraft.  he demonstrated a miniature propellor he carved spinning on an electric motor. Chairman Gary Street congratulates Harwich graduate Nell O'Connor.  She soloed a glider at Cape Cod Airfield at age 14. Barnstable High graduate Jared Power-Spirlet describes his excitement visiting Logan Airport's observation deck on the roof of terminal "A".
David McWilliams Nell


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