Tuskegee Airmen Inc. scholarship applications have been sent out to over 150 schools and influencers.  The application are due back by January 25, 2021.  Students should apply to the chapter closest to their home.  Students who live between the Heart of America Chapter in Kansas City and the Chicago Chapter can send their applications to the Hugh J. White Chapter.  We share our applicants with the Lewis Lynch Chapter on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.    This letter was sent:

Each year the National Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (TAI) organization awards forty, $1,500 scholarships to deserving high school seniors.  There are two chapters in the bi-state region and therefore, we will be able to nominate 10 candidates.  Last year, the applications were shared with the Lewis Lynch chapter.  Together we received 5 recipients and 1 alternate.

Applications are based on academic performance, financial need, and submission of two themed essays.  We are extending an invitation to your graduating seniors to submit applications for one of these scholarships. A copy of the application is enclosed.  Feel free to make additional copies as needed.  The list of requirements is located at the bottom and back of the application.  Completed scholarship applications must be received no later than January 25, 2021.    (Received does not mean post marked.)

Each year I contact students to strengthen or correct competitive packages.  I would like to devote my time to strengthening packages versus correcting them.  The resume does not have a length requirement.  Therefore, just listing clubs- JV basketball, volleyball, and student council does not explain your student’s contributions or dedication.  Packages are reviewed on two levels, chapter and national.  Students should not assume that the graders know the purpose of their organization.  The resume is a perfect opportunity to concisely describe the achievements of the organizations and your student’s involvement.    Your student should also explain any irregularities, including no ACT/SAT scores or minimum activities.

Finally, the TAI hosts various activities/events for students.  Covid -19 has greatly reduced the in-person activities.  However, when America gets a handle on the disease, I am hopeful that events will return.  A free three-week aviation camp, Southwest Airlines “Continuing the Legacy”. and introductory flights with Gateway Eagles are just a few of the opportunities for youth and undergraduate college students.  The fastest, most direct way to be notified is to send an email to yolandea.wood@gmail.com and ask to be added to the scholarship/activity email list.

Each year, we send application packages to the scholarship points of contact listed on our email mailing list.  If you would like to be added to this list, please send an email request.  This list is only used to forward scholarship leads that I receive from around the country that maybe of interest to your students.  By working together, we can assist students to reach their goals.

Finally, the Hugh J. White chapter awards one $500 scholarship.  The student selected for this scholarship is chosen from the above application package submissions.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  I can be reached via mail, 2736 Lake Lucerne, Shiloh(Belleville), IL 62221 or email at Yolandea.wood@gmail.com or by phone (618) 622-3025.