The Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) has announced the creation of a new scholarship program to honor the late Arthur G. Allen who served as chairman of the Massachusetts Aeronautical Commission from 2003-2007. The program joins the long-established Crocker Snow Memorial Scholarship program named to honor the first MAC Chairman who served from 1939 through the early 1970’s.
Both programs will be managed by the MAMA Scholarship Committee headed by Westover Airport Manager Andy Widor who said, “Thanks to a generous gift from the Allen family, this scholarship will allow Arthur’s legacy to live on.
Mr. Allen’s passion in aviation was first experienced in 1967 when he took flight aboard a private aircraft that eventually led to flight lessons. He would be proud of the scholarship awardees as it will give them an opportunity to pursue their love of aviation as well.” The Allen program will grant one scholarship of $2,500 annually to a college student preparing for a career in aviation management, pilot training, or aircraft maintenance.
Accepting the grant, MAMA President Chris Willenborg said, “MAMA is honored and pleased to administer the Arthur G. Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund on behalf of Arthur’s wife, Linda Allen and Arthur’s daughter, Kimberly Lugo. I had the pleasure to work with Arthur Allen while he served as the Chairman of the former Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission. Arthur was passionate about aviation/airports and engaged frequently with aviation stakeholders across the statewide system of public-use airports in Massachusetts during his tenure.”
College students preparing for a career in aviation management are also encouraged to apply for the Crocker Snow Memorial Scholarship valued at $2,000 in 2024. Snow was an early pioneer in the Massachusetts aviation community. He founded one of the first FBOs at what would later become Boston’s Logan Airport, helped establish North Atlantic air bases and navigation routes during WWII and served on many national committees to help develop innovative airport and flight operation procedures.
For more information on both programs, go to www.massairports.com/scholarship.
Arthur G. Allen served as MAC Commissioner from 2003-2007. A dedicated advocate for aviation, Arthur undertook a mission to personally visit every private airport in Massachusetts, engaging with airport managers and pilots alike. Post-9/11, he personally financed a study evaluating the security of all private airports in the state when funding was unavailable.