Applicants must be students of accredited high schools who have graduated or will graduate in the school year 2018 - 2019. Additionally, applying students must have a GPA of at least three points (3.0) on a four-point scale.
Application forms and instructions may be obtained from High School Guidance Counselors or the nearest Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chapter. [Note: in this case, the closest TAI Chapter is the Tidewater Chapter - TAI, Hampton, VA.] 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 18, 2019. 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 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 should be “blacked out”.
Applications for scholarship assistance received by individual chapters of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. are screened, verified as deemed appropriate, and competitively evaluated. Application files determined worthy of further consideration are forwarded to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Selection Committee for National Competition. A scholarship selection committee, composed of several members from each Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Region, evaluates individual applications. Using a scale of one hundred (100) points, the committee considers academic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, relative financial need, recommendations, and both essays to competitively rank applicants.
Finalists (selectees and non-selectees) will receive individual notices of 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 and non-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 a verification of enrollment signed by the school registrar to the following address: Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 881780, Los Angeles, CA 90009. The Tidewater Chapter - TAI Education Assistance Committee Chairperson requests a courtesy copy be provided our Chapter as well so we can assist the recipients and/or their parent in getting their award payment. When the required verification has been received, the award payments, made payable to the student, will be mailed to the address designated by the student.