The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is an educational institution that is a favorite stop for schools. A basic part of its mission and purpose is the advancement of aviation education among all ages.


The following institutions are represented on the museum’s Aviation Educators Board of Visitors. This cadre of aviation educators has been appointed to be advisory to the museum’s educational programs and outreach.

  • Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Paul Craig
  • Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol Knoxville Dave Garner
  • The University of Memphis Memphis Crabtree
  • East Tennessee State University Johnson City Chuck Story
  • Tennessee State University Nashville William Annesley
  • North Central Institute Clarksville John McCurdy
  • Sullivan South High School – Col. Bill Powley, USAF (Ret.)
  • Baker School of Aeronautics Nashville Jennifer Baker
  • Federal Aviation Administration FSDO/Nashville Bob Hill
  • Federal Aviation Administration ADO/Memphis


The John T. Baugh, Jr. Scholarship for Aviation Excellence was established in December 2002. The fund was initiated by John T. Baugh III, Vice President of Centurion Stone, Inc. of Nashville, who also provided start-up funding. Mr. Baugh established the scholarship to honor his father, a native Nashvillian, prominent Nashville businessman and aviator. John T. Baugh Jr. was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004. John T. Baugh, Jr. is Founder and Chairman of Centurion Products, Inc. He is a life-member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and served as a Board Member of EAA for 24 years. Mr. Baugh has also served five terms as President and Commanding Officer of Warbirds of America and as a Board Member of that organization for 22 years. John Baugh was a member of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission for many years and served as the Commission’s Chairman during that time. He is an active pilot that has qualified to fly 115 different types of aircraft that include historic Warbirds: the B-17, B-25, P-51, P-47, T-28, T-34 and many others.

The Aviation Excellence Scholarship committee will award an annual scholarship to a deserving student pursuing a degree program specific to aviation. Applications should be sent to the attention of Bob Minter at [email protected] .  No formal form or format is necessary.

Please note:  The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is not a part of the decision making process for the scholarship award.