The Tailhook Educational Foundation

2017 Scholarships


Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the JOHN E. PORTER SCHOLARSHIP No. 1 - Warren Bigelow

JOHN E. PORTER SCHOLARSHIP, No. 1

Sponsored by AVCM John E. Porter, USN(Ret)

Master Chief Porter joined the Navy at the age of 17 in 1943. He served with numerous ships and units for 22 years in the Avionics Technician rating, supporting F4Fs to A-3Ds. He retired as a Master Chief in 1964 and became a realtor, broker-owner of his own business, and later president of the Glendale Arizona Board of Realtors. A tireless supporter and a Tailhooker since 1991, he retired again in 1998. Throughout both his distinguished careers, Master Chief Porter acquired all the education available, knowing it was the key to success. John and his wife support two scholarships. This scholarship honors his strong belief in the value of education.

Warren Bigelow


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• Accepted to Rice University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the CAPTAIN WYNN “HOOK” FOSTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Aaron Farley

CAPTAIN WYNN “HOOK” FOSTER
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the Tailhook Educational Foundation

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Captain Wynn F. Foster, USN, a native Monticello, Minnesota and a long-time resident of Coronado, California. Captain “Hook” served honorably during World War II as an enlisted man and Aviation Cadet, then, was designated a Naval Aviator on December 15, 1950. Foster flew a total of 238 combat missions, 75 in 1952-53 during the Korean War while deployed on board the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, and 163 missions from the deck of the carrier USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War in 1965-66. On July 23, 1966, while Commanding Officer of Navy Attack Squadron 163, Foster’s A-4 Skyhawk A4 Skyhawk was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire during a combat mission over Vietnam. Shrapnel tore through the cockpit of his aircraft, severing his right arm above the elbow. Near fatally injured, bleeding profusely, and close to unconsciousness, he managed to fly his plane with one hand and his knees until he reached the relative safety of the Gulf of Tonkin. Before ejecting from his crippled jet, The crew of the nearby Navy guided missile frigate USS Reeves pulled him from the sea minutes later. For his action, Foster was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals.

Aaron Farley


Irving, Texas

• Accepted to Texas A&M University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the JAMES A. de GANAHL SCHOLARSHIP No.1 - Casey Busch

JAMES de GANAHL SCHOLARSHIP, No.1

Sponsored by Dorothy “Dossie” de Ganahl

James was born in 1924 and graduated from Kent School and the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1947. He married Dossie and was winged in 1949. Jim and Dossie had four children. Jim retired in 1968 and passed away in May 2007.

Casey Busch


Crestwood, Kentucky

• Accepted to University of Notre Dame

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the CAPT JOHNNY L. “TURK” GREEN 
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Kate O'Sullivan

CAPT JOHNNY L. “TURK” GREEN
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by Family, Friends and Industry

Turk enlisted in the Navy in 1970, earned a degree, his Wings of Gold and went on to command VFA-192, USS Camden (AOE-2), John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Kate O’Sullivan


Clayton, California

• Accepted to University of Michigan

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the LT PAT BUCKLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Ryan Cooke

LT PAT BUCKLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the San Diego Tailhook Ready Room

LT Patrick Buckley was the pilot of an RF-8G with VFP-63 Detachment 19, flying from USS Hancock (CVA-19), when returning from a combat photo mission into Southeast Asia 16 December 1969, his aircraft was stricken. He crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin. LT Buckley was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered and is honored on Panel 15W, Row 61 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Ryan Cooke


Norfolk, Virginia

• Accepted to University of Alabama

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the LCDR JOHN FARNSWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Michael Van Meter

LCDR JOHN FARNSWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by Mr. Donald Sherman

This scholarship is awarded in memory of LCDR John Farnsworth, a Naval Aviator who died January 2000 at age 66. John was born in Peoria, Illinois and flew 200 combat missions from USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) over Vietnam. He left the Navy in 1975 to become an account executive with Hart Publishing, San Diego, Calif. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing the banjo and was leader of a 13-piece San Diego, California banjo band.

Michael Van Meter


Springfield, Virginia

• Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the CDR DOMINIC DiMATTEO, USN (Ret) MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Audrey Buck

CDR DOMINIC DiMATTEO, USN(Ret)
SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by James M. Slattery

This award is made in the name of CDR Dominic “Dee” DiMatteo, USN(Ret), who had a 30-year distinguished career including over 7,000 flight hours and over 600 carrier landings, most of which were on straight deck carriers. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 at 19 as an aircraft mechanic, in addition to a TBM tail-gunner. He then entered the NAVCAD program, attending University of Texas and Stanford University while earning his Wings of Gold in 1944. He flew in three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam) in over 50 navy fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, mostly fighters (Corsair, Hellcat and Bearcat) then went on to the early carrier jets. He has two Naval Aviator sons, CDR Dave “Vito” DiMatteo (EA-6B, A-6) and CAPT Jim “Guido” DiMatteo (F-14, FA-18, F-16, F-5). Collectively, they have over 15,000 hours in Navy Tactical aircraft and nearly 1,500 traps.

Audrey Buck


Winston Salem, North Carolina

• Accepted to Wake Forrest University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the TIP OF THE SPEAR SCHOLARSHIP - Madeline Musaus

TIP OF THE SPEAR SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the 2014 Tailhook reunion attendees

This scholarship recognizes Naval Aviation’s most valued asset, the young aviators who lead the way into combat while reinforcing the crucial roles we as leaders, veterans, industry experts and warfighters have in supporting and preparing these Junior Officers (JOs) for the challenging missions ahead.

Madeline Musaus


Raleigh, North Carolina

• Accepted to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the JOHN E. PORTER SCHOLARSHIP No. 2 - Sara Slaughter

JOHN E. PORTER SCHOLARSHIP, No. 2

Sponsored by AVCM John E. Porter, USN(Ret)

Master Chief Porter joined the Navy at the age of 17 in 1943. He served with numerous ships and units for 22 years in the Avionics Technician rating, supporting F4Fs to A-3Ds. He retired as a Master Chief in 1964 and became a realtor, broker-owner of his own business, and later president of the Glendale Arizona Board of Realtors. A tireless supporter and a Tailhooker since 1991, he retired again in 1998. Throughout both his distinguished careers, Master Chief Porter acquired all the education available, knowing it was the key to success. John and his wife support two scholarships. This scholarship honors his strong belief in the value of education.

Sara Slaughter


Inman, South Carolina

• Accepted to Case Western Reserve University

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the CAPT GRANT DONELLY SCHOLARSHIP - Elizabeth Downing

CAPT GRANT DONELLEY SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the Tailhook Association

CAPT Donelley, USN(Ret) was a past President of the Tailhook Association and the first donor to fund and sponsor a Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship.

Elizabeth Downing


West Lafayette, Indiana

• Accepted to United States Naval Academy

Tailhook Educational Foundation awardee of the C.W. AND MARNY GILLULY SCHOLARSHIP - Kylee Bugbee

C.W. AND MARNY GILLULY SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by C.W. and Marny Gilluly

From 1967 – 1976 Dr. Gilluly served as a Navy A-7 Corsair II pilot on two Vietnam combat tours and as CAG-11 landing signal officer for his third cruise. His wife, Martha “Marny,” has worked on deep-sea research projects with the Naval Research Laboratory and as a computer specialist for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Gilluly’s reside in Washington, D.C.

Kylie Bugbee


Marrieta, Georgia

• Accepted to Florida State University