Applicants must be students of accredited high schools who have graduated or will graduate in the school year 2017 - 2018. Additionally, applying students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least three points (3.0) on a four-point (4.0) scale.
Application forms and instructions may be obtained from high school guidance counselors or the nearest Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chapter. Completed applications must be returned to the specific address indicated on page 1 of this application or to the nearest Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chapter, on or before January 26, 2018. Each applicant must complete the entire application and provide all attachments listed on the bottom of the application form.
• The applicant must include a single page essay entitled "The Tuskegee Airmen" which reflects an overview of their history and how their experience has impacted the applicant personally. Essays must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins on 8.5" x 11" paper. Please note, all attachments to application must not exceed 8.5" x 11" in size.
• Additionally, each applicant must submit a two (2) page Personal Essay containing: a biographical sketch, educational aspirations, career goals and an explanation of why financial aid is essential.
• To validate the financial status of the applicant, a copy of the Parent(s)’ latest IRS Form 1040 through adjusted gross income line must be included in application package. Please do not send the entire return. If not required to file Form 1040, provide official alternate source document to verify income, such as statement from Public Social Services, Pensions or SSI (W-2 or W-4 not acceptable). SSN(s) should be "blacked out".
Applications for scholarship assistance received by individual chapters of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. are screened, verified as meeting minimum evaluation standards, and competitively evaluated against other applicants at the local Chapter level. A maximum of five application packages meeting the minimum standards and deemed very competitive at our national level are forwarded to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Selection Committee for National Competition and considered for a $1,500.00 award. A scholarship selection committee, composed of several members from each Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Regions, evaluate individual applications. Using a scale of one hundred (100) points, the committee considers academic achievement, extra curricular and community activities, relative financial need, recommendations, and both essays to competitively rank/award applicants.
National finalists (selectees and non-selectees) will receive individual notices on the final results from the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. The Tidewater Chapter - TAI's Education Assistance Committee Chairperson will ensure the five applicants whose packages compete at the National TASF level are kept apprised of the application package's status. Selectees of a $1,500.00 award, again, will be officially notified by the TASF Board of Directors. Additionally, the Tidewater Chapter - TAI's Education Assistance Committee Chairperson or Representative will ensure award selectees are contacted too.
AWARD PAYMENT CERTIFICATION
Scholarship awardees may enroll in the institution of their choice. Once the awardee has enrolled and started classes at their chosen institution, the student must send verification of enrollment signed by the school registrar to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation. When the required verifications have been received, the award payments, made payable to the student, will be mailed to the address designated by the student. At all times, the Tidewater Chapter - TAI's Education Assistance Committee Chairperson and/or Representative should be kept in the loop to assist in expediting receipt of the award.