2013 Scholarship Winners: Ben Brennan, Eric Fast

One of the primary aims of WAA has been to support and nurture interest in aviation and aerospace education.

The primary goal of our fund raising activities is to build the scholarship named Humphrey J. Amedeo, Jr. Aviation Scholarship Foundation. Since the program began in 2006, over $5000 has been given to deserving students.

The Westerly Airport Association offers these academic scholarships annually to assist deserving students in their pursuit of higher education in aerospace-related fields. Nominations are encouraged. Program information can be found below. 

2012 Scholarship Winners
Tom LaPere, Jennifer Hawthorn, Sydney Taylor, Tom Allen

Program Information Past Recipients

Students nominated for consideration must:

  • Be a high school graduate or expecting to graduate in the award year.
  • Be accepted to, and planning to attend, an accredited college or university in the following fall.
  • Be planning to pursue an academic major in an aerospace field, such as aviation or airport operations, aeronautical or astronautical engineering, pilot training, aircraft maintenance, etc.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to a career in this field of study, such as previous flight training, working at an airport, related internships, attending ACE Camp, and the like.
  • Have a recommendation from a teacher, clergy person, guidance counselor, flight instructor, etc.
  • Have an excellent academic record and record of community service.

Preference will be given to students whose permanent residence is in southern Rhode Island or southeastern Connecticut.

Candidates will be reviewed and the winners selected by the WAA Scholarship Committee. Awards will be based on the above criteria. Nominations for these awards will be accepted until April 15th of the award year, and may be sent to:

Scholarship Committee
Westerly Airport Association
PO Box 2053
Westerly, RI 02891


Please direct questions about this program or the nomination process to:

2014 recipients
Benjamin Brennan – Old Saybrook HS, CT Aero Tech, A&P Mech.
Samuel Godfrey – Stonington HS, Jacksonville Aeronautical Science.
Scott Liguori – Westerly HS, Wentworth or Northeastern Mechanical Engineering.
Joel Nelson – Stonington HS, E-R Aero. Univ., Pilot
Sarah Winneg  – Chariho HS

2013 recipients
Ben Brennan – A&P school
Eric FastWorcester Polytechnic Institute study of Aeronautical Engineering

2012 recipients
Jennifer Hawthorn – Daniel Webster College – $1,000.00
Sydney Taylor – $1000
Thomas Allen – US Air Force Academy, 2016 – $1000
Tom LaPere– $1000

2011 recipients
Jennifer Hawthorn – Daniel Webster College – $1,000.00
Christopher Blanco – $500
Thomas Allen – US Air Force Academy, 2016 – $500

2010 recipients
Jennifer Hawthorn – Daniel Webster College – $1,000.00
Bethany Strohm – North Stonington HS – $500 (2010 WAA calendar art contest wnner)

2009 recipients
Jennifer Hawthorn – Stonington High School – $1,000.00
David Young – Westerly High School – $1,000.00
Christopher Payne – Embry Riddle Aeronautical Collage – Repeat $500.00

2008 recipients
Craig McCue, North Stonington Class of 2008, planning to attend Johns Hopkins University to study Aerospace Engineering; repeat awards to Steve Coleman and Chris Payne.

2007 recipients
Steve Coleman of South Kingstown, Class of 2007, studying to be a professional pilot
Chris Payne for his second year, both attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2006 recipients
Keith Spaulding and Chris Payne, Westerly High School Class of 2006, planning to study Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.