Airport 5K is a soaring success for student flight scholarships

Four people stand at the 5K finish line with medals

Thanks to generous sponsors and participants, The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU) 2023 Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway was a record-setting success. An unprecedented level of sponsorship engagement led the way to provide $25,000 in scholarship funds for Ohio State students pursuing flight training.

“Again this year, we are pleased to have raised more scholarship funds than ever before,” said Dale Gelter, interim airport director. “This event is a great opportunity for the aviation, university and local communities to come together for not only an exciting event, but also to support a good cause. Thank you everyone for your continued support.”

The scholarship winners, representing students at all levels of flight training, will be announced soon.

During race day opening remarks, Kathryn Federer-Karst, flight education program manager, shared insights on the scholarships’ impact. “Last year, I got to work with the inaugural recipients of these scholarships. One of them let me know that if they did not receive this funding, they would have had to leave the program,” she said.

Brutus Buckeye poses with kids after the fun race

“Flight Education has a very diverse population of students who have a multitude of needs, but never a shortage of drive and dedication to their training. We are excited that our sponsors have come back this year and new ones have joined us so we can offer these scholarships again.”

Event activities took off with a kids’ quarter-mile fun race early on August 26. Then, aviation enthusiasts, racers seeking personal-best finish times and excited community members crowded together at the start line for the 5K. Less than 18 minutes later, the first participant finished. Others enjoyed a leisurely pace, some pushing strollers, others stopping for pictures along the way. Brutus Buckeye joined the fun, engaging in his characteristic antics, and Ohio State’s newest aircraft, a Piper Seminole, led the way as a pace vehicle.

The namesake of the annual race is Don Scott, a former Ohio State student and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in 1943. The 2023 race specially commemorated the 80th year of KOSU’s airfield being named Don Scott Field in his honor. Race participants received commemorative finisher medals inspired by the propellers of Scott’s plane.

Gold-level sponsors – each donating $5,000 – were FlightSafety International and NetJets. At $3,000, silver-level sponsors were Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, RS&H, Spartan Air and Worthington Industries. Post-race refreshments were provided by Ohio State Aviation Alumni Society.

Enjoy race-day photos by visiting the album linked here. Race results are located on this page.

5K start line

by Holly Henley, communications specialist