VFS Scholarship Announcement


VFS-HRC has selected three phenomenal high school seniors for the Chapter Scholarship awards. Taylor Mowery, Alice Fang, and Kyle Ray were each chosen for their exemplary leadership, scholarship, and community service experiences. They are excellent representatives of the next generation of STEM scholars, and the VFS-HRC Chapter looks forward to tracking their future successes.

The Robert Powell Scholarship 

The Robert Powell Scholarship was established to honor the long-time treasurer of the Hampton Roads Chapter whose stewardship of the chapter’s financial assets originally enabled the chapter’s STEM outreach program, including its scholarship fund. The 2023 Robert Powell scholarship has been awarded to Taylor Mowery, the daughter of Melissa and Bryan Mowery. Taylor attends a Hampton Public School and is an exemplary scholar and leader. She has earned an excellent GPA while also continuing to volunteer and compete in multiple sports. Her documented perseverance has earned Taylor the Robert Powell Scholarship for 2023. Taylor plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Science.  


The Edward ‘Ed’ Austin Scholarship 

This Edward ‘Ed’ Austin Scholarship was established to honor Ed’s many years as a chapter board member in various positions from treasurer to education director. In his retirement, Ed continued to support the chapter through staffing multiple events, encouraged the public outreach of our chapter by maintaining our website, and was a huge and continued proponent of our STEM outreach program including the scholarship program. The 2023 Edward ‘Ed’ Austin scholarship has been awarded to Alice Fang, the daughter of Ming Fang and Le Zhang. Alice attends a York County Public School and is an exemplary scholar who’s achieved a truly impressive amount. Alice has multiple State and National awards for math, science, and music related fields. Alice intends to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering, where her impressive work ethic will pay off in spades. 

 The Christopher Gavora Scholarship 

The Christopher Gavora Scholarship was established to honor the son of COL William Gavora, former Commander of the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.  Chris was killed in a tragic high school baseball practice accident shortly after his family relocated from Hampton Roads to Texas.  The 2023 Christopher Gavora Scholarship has been awarded to Kyle Ray, a student in the York County Public School system.  Kyle, the son of Renee and Brian Ray, is a proven scholar and school leader. Kyle has both state and national awards for science, has exemplary grades and scored well on the SAT. Kyle plans to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. 

Education Outreach – Sound and Vibration Class

Dr. James Stephenson, VFS Education Chair, engaged with a local elementary school during the last week of classes, teaching a lesson on Sound and Vibration. The students learned about vibration first using a 1-dimensional vibrating string, then they saw it using a 2-dimensional Chladni plate, and finally experienced it in 3 dimensions as sound in the room. This hands-on lesson instructs students on what a vibration is, how sound is a vibration we hear with our ears, instead of see with our eyes, and gets them to experience and create various sounds using instructional aids.

Penn State Rotary Wing Short Course

The 52nd Annual Pennylvania State University Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology will be held August 5 – 9, 2019, in State College, Pennsylvania.  It is a 5-day course covering aerodynamics, dynamics, stability and control, structures, acoustics, propulsion and drive trains of vertical flight vehicles. Many chapter members have attended over the years and have found the course to be excellent.

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Luncheon meeting of AATD Retirees, Monday, May 6

Actually, any men or women who worked  for TECOM, USAAMRDL, AVLABS, ATL or AATD or even had close associations with these organizations (like NASA or industry) are welcome to attend.  The luncheons are held most first Mondays of the month, gathering around 11:15 a.m. at the Yorktown Pub, 540 Water Street, within sight of the Coleman Bridge.

Retirees Luncheon Gatherings

Old friends and coworker members of the VFS (of course, we still think AHS) get together on the 1st Monday of at least most months at the Yorktown Pub at 540 Water Street.  If you arrive at about 11:30 you will have a chance to chat, have lunch and, maybe, a brew and share the old times and catch up with what we are doing now.  Afterward is a great time to take a stroll down the historic York River beach.

It’s a New Day with a Brand New Web Site

You found it just in time, the old Hampton Roads Chapter web site will not be reachable after September 11.  Please look around and let me know if you find anything in need of correction.  Also, please feel free to make suggestions about new features that you think would be of interest to Chapter members. In particular, how do you think we could best make use of this blog section? Thanks for looking in. Ed Austin (edwardaustin@cox.net).