Colonel Robert K. Mock Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Colonel Robert K. Mock was a legend at MSU Denver for his courage and daring as a fighter pilot; his love of aviation and his dedication to MSU Denver and his students. Colonel Mock came to MSU Denver in 1987 as chair of the aviation and aerospace department and was named dean of the College of Professional Studies in 1996. After serving in this position for five years, he returned to teaching as one of the most admired and loved faculty. In 2005, the University honored Professor Mock with the Distinguished Service Award for Faculty. He was given the Metro State Outstanding Advising Award posthumously for the year 2007-2008. Colonel Mock’s history at the University spans twenty-one years. Perhaps his greatest legacy at MSU Denver is the World Indoor Airport (WIA), recognized as one of the most technologically advanced collegiate integrated flight and air traffic control simulator laboratories in the country. The WIA has helped the department grow to become one of the top five aviation and aerospace programs in the country. Professor Mock brought international recognition to MSU Denver when he was elected president of the University Aviation Association in 1991. Colonel Mock served for twenty-nine years in the Air Force, fought in the Vietnam War and Korean Conflict, and became a decorated squadron commander in Vietnam while serving three tours of duty. His many accomplishments include the successful negotiation of a United States – Philippines defense treaty. Colonel Mock held a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California, as well as a MS in Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship(s) that support students majoring in coursework provided through the Aviation and Aerospace Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
• Have a declared major of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Aviation Management, or Aviation Technology • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall & 3.0 in aviation and aerospace coursework • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior (Graduate students may apply, as coursework is developed) • Have financial need based on FAFSA • Be enrolled as full-time or part-time student • The Department will ask students to complete a 250 word essay on a topic determined by the department to identify the top 3-5 candidates