Tailhook Educational Foundation

Congratulations to all 105 scholarship awardees.

View the awardees online today! 


Chairman's Remarks

Summer 2019

Tailhook Team,

Recently, from December through March, nearly 500 students applied for a Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) scholarship.  By May, our scholarship committee had selected 56 high school seniors and 49 college undergraduates to receive 2019 TEF scholarship grants.  Of the 105 grants, approximately 28% of TEF’s student grants were awarded at $3,000 or more, a 10% increase from last year’s "higher-value" grants paid to our awardees. This increase is a direct result of our donors’ continued generosity and, is the only way the value of our TEF scholarship grants can keep up with the 3%-5% increase per year in higher education costs. You can see that your donations are making a measurable difference.

TEF’s scholarship committee consists of TEF staff members, TEF board members, and former academic professionals who use merit-based grading criteria to select these superstars from Naval Aviation’s best and brightest youth at home and abroad.  It takes the committee over 9 weeks to compile, sort through, review, grade the applications, rank the awardees and finally, assign them to specific scholarships.  I assure you the application screening process takes considerable patience, focused concentration, and just plain hard work.  

In 2019, the following TEF staff members and volunteers made up your 2019 TEF scholarship committee:







I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of these professionals for the exceptional job they do each year selecting our TEF scholarship awardees.

An area where TEF continues to need additional support is identifying donors to send The Hook Magazine to students, schools and other educational units all over the world.   TEF’s Hook-to-School program provides the mechanism for you to accomplish this.  I ask each of you to consider sponsoring a Hook-to-School mailing to the high school, college, NROTC unit or service academy company of your choice.  If you currently receive The Hook magazine in hard copy, and prefer the electronic version, an option for you is to donate your hard copy via the Hook-to-School program.  For more details, please contact the TEF staff at (858) 689-9223, or visit our web site and select Hook-to-School:


Finally, to all of our generous TEF donors, please accept our sincere appreciation for your unwavering support.



J.J. Quinn

Rear Admiral USN(Ret) 

Chairman of the Board 

Tailhook Educational Foundation

Faith Campbell    Jack Ensch      Kathy Ensch         

Greg Keithley       Steve Queen   Dee Queen

Beth Rollins          Jack Schuller    Rodger Welch

3rd Annual
Race for Scholarships

Sunday 10th November  |   Del Mar Race Track

About The TEF

The Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) is a charitable nonprofit California corporation created in February 1992. The Foundation's charter is "to educate the nation's public with regard to the history and present day activities of the United States Navy carrier aviation and its importance to our country's national security."


The main activities of the Foundation are:

To support the Tailhook Association

To distribute The Hook magazine to schools throughout the nation at no cost to the schools

To provide scholarships to qualified applicants

To support U.S Navy and Naval Aviation leadership

TEF Scholarships

TEF’s minimum scholarship is $2,500 per grant per year. Funding TEF scholarships is achieved either annually or perennially.

Perennial Scholarships

​A perennial scholarship is funded by providing TEF with at least $50,000 either in a lump-sum donation, or using a payment over time option*.

​A $50,000 TEF Scholarship portfolio yields a $2,500 grant for your named scholarship per year in perpetuity*.

Sponsors funding perennial scholarships can add funds to their portfolio whenever they chose, donating any amount they chose.​ Each donation to an existing perennial scholarship portfolio increases the annual grant yield for that scholarship from that year on.

​Several of TEF’s original $50,000 perennial scholarship portfolios now exceed $100,000, all yielding at least $5,000 in an annual grant.

Annual Pass-through scholarships

An annual or “pass-through” scholarship is funded by providing TEF a payment of $2,500 or more each year to sponsor your named scholarship that year.

Pass through scholarship donations can also be for more than $2,500, and they can change each year by donating more than $2,500. 

TEF’s current pass through scholarships range I amount awarded from $2,500 to $15,000.

TEF awards over 100 scholarships annually ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 per year. A number of our annual scholarships are awarded to students pursuing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) curriculum. All TEF grants assist Naval Aviation legacy undergraduate students obtain a higher education.

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Scholarship Eligibility

To qualify for a Tailhook Educational Foundation scholarship, an individual must graduate from high school and be the natural, step, or adopted child or grandchild of a current or former (U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps / U.S. Coast Guard) Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Naval Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children/grandchildren of individuals who are serving or have served on board a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. Eligible applicants must also be accepted for undergraduate enrollment at an accredited college. 

Apply for Scholarship

Applications are available on 15 December and due back at TEF headquarters by 01 March each year.

Scholarship Timeline


9696 Business Park Ave. 

San Diego, CA 92131-1643

The Tailhook Association is a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization 

The Tailhook Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation

CFC Campaign Number: 10251

TAX ID: 33-0487778 


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Sat - Closed

Sun - Closed





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