The Foundation aims to:

  • Assist the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center in advancing career, technical and vocational education, training, and job placement that supports businesses, professionals, and aspiring tradespeople in Central Virginia

  • Promote public education programs that provide career, technical and vocational training in Central Virginia, and ensure schools gain an understanding of the needs of area employers

  • Raise and administer scholarship, opportunity and other funds to both create and enrich educational opportunities, and support career training for local students, professional, and aspiring tradespeople who need assistance while attending or in conjunction with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center


 The CATEC Foundation provides support for adults returning to school and for graduating seniors who plan to further their education. Since 2018, we have awarded the following:

  • 82 adult-education scholarships

  • $57,985 in adult-education scholarships, including $8345 to 14 recipients for the Fall 2022 Adult Education programs

  • 22 high-school graduate scholarships

  • $26,250 in graduating-senior scholarships

Leslie Hughes Walton Memorial Scholarship - $2,000

The award is based on grades, what the student intends to do with their education, and financial need. The first year's award will be $1500.00 and the second year's award will be $500.00.

 Lance Van de Castle Scholarship - $1,000

This recipient must be a Building Trades or Electricity student in high school or apprenticeship program who is pursuing post- secondary or additional training in that particular trade area. In Mr. Van de Castle's memory, the student needs to have a "clear desire to do what is right and accept nothing but the best."

 CATEC Foundation Opportunity Fund Scholarships- Varies

These scholarships are based on academic success, community service, demonstration of technical skills, work ethic, and financial need. Priority will be given to students enrolling in CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship programs. This scholarship will cover the full cost of one semester of the chosen program in CATEC's Adult program. Scholarships may be given for other post-secondary schools. More than one scholarship may be awarded. APPLY FOR AN ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY FUND SCHOLARSHIP TODAY! 

Justin Tilghman Culinary Scholarship - $1,000

The Justin Tilghman Culinary Scholarship is established in the memory of our Son, Brother, Friend and lover of the culinary arts, Justin Tilghman. As a former graduate of the Culinary Program at CATEC, Justin continued his passion for cooking in multiple established restaurants in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Constantly reading and learning to better his skill and technique in the kitchen, Justin displayed all the traits of a true chef throughout. It is with this scholarship we hope to instill the same passion for cooking and hospitality that Justin strived for throughout his career and his brief time in this world. Thank you for remembering Justin and helping our students.

You can help provide additional scholarship support to deserving CATEC Culinary students by making a contribution to the Justin Tilghman Culinary Scholarship Fund. Simply send a check to:

CATEF, Tilghman Fund, 1000 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Be sure to write Tilghman Fund in the memo line of the check.

Tilghman Scholarship



CATEF proudly sponsors CATEC's annual School-to-Work Signing Day.  Like a college signing day, this event celebrates and recognizes students and employers committed to making School-to-work partnerships possible.  The youth apprenticeships, internships, and employment opportunities our students experience are vital to:

  • their development

  • CATEC’s mission

  • meeting the needs of local employers

2023 Signing Day CATEF Sponsorship Video


CATEF proudly works with local businesses to make its mission possible.


CATEF is actively seeking volunteers to support its mission through a variety of volunteer opportunities. If you have skills in the following areas, please consider volunteering to support CATEF:

  • Grant Writing

  • Public Relations

  • Graphic Design

  • Social Media

  • Database Management

  • Newsletter Creation

Email if you are interested in volunteering.


To donate to CATEF, mail a check payable to CATEF to:

Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Foundation
1000 East Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901


Linda Seaman, President * Richard Brewer, Vice-President * Stephanie Carter, Secretary

Lynn Ward, Treasurer * Seth Ragosta, Counsel

Madison Cummings, Joseph Hughes, Richard T. Hunt, Hollie Lee, Hosea Mitchell, Emily Pelliccia, Margie Shepherd, Peggy Van Yahres