Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF)
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When we look back at what TASF has accomplished with your help we are amazed. TASF scholarship recipients have attended over 300 different educational institutions including prestigious schools such as Harvard, Rutgers, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Others have chosen to attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) and have emerged as engineers, scientists, mathematicians and entrepreneurs. Yet, others have taken a similar route as the Tuskegee Airmen and enrolled in military schools or launched an aviation career with a degree from Embry-Riddle University. In all cases, we're excited about our results because we are extending the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy and bringing to fruition their vision of education and opportunity for all. Thank you for your support!
FLY RIGHT STEM Scholarships Available for 2018
Edison International has renewed its commitment to TASF by granting $5,000 for the 2018 "FLY RIGHT STEM SCHOLARSHIP." The grant allows TASF to provide two $2,500 scholarships to qualified students majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The program, in its second year of operation, made it possible for TASF to award 2017 STEM scholarships to Sedric Harris and Alexander Tekle. Harris is attending North Carolina State majoring in nuclear engineering and Tekle is attending University of Texas, Austin, where he majors in electrical engineering. Edison International is a leading energy provider and committed to providing high quality services and effective community engagement. We thank them for their continued support.
TASF Helps Diversify Engineering Field
Historically, women in the United States have been under-represented in both science and engineering college disciplines as well as careers. Over time, this pattern has led to a significantly higher concentration of male professional engineers compared to women. TASF has worked with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to focus more attention on females electing careers in engineering. Donating to TASF helps to supplement the high financial demands for earning an engineering degree. According to the College Board, the average cost of one year at a public university for an in-state student is $20,090. That increases to $34,220 if you hail from out of state. These costs are particularly challenging for low-income families. Your support is critical for changing these unfortunate trends.
Medallion Presentation Highlighted at TASF's "Nex-Gen Now" Scholarship Awards Breakfast
Robert "Bob" Gilbert, (pictured middle) was presented with the TASF education medallion by Tuskegee Airman Harlan Leonard. Gilbert is Chief Development Officer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) and is an aviation professional with over 40 years experience in aviation and airport management. He is a native of Orlando, Florida and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen Orlando Chapter. Gilbert was the guest speaker at the "Nex-Gen Now" Awards Breakfast on September 30th at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles. Gilbert was a significant financial contributor towards the success of the Breakfast, as was Los Angeles World Airports who was a corporate sponsor. Bruce Dennis (pictured right) is a 2017 scholarship recipient and is studying international business. (Captain Andrew Cruz, Los Angeles Air Force Base pictured left) Dennis is headed to London, England where he will participate in an educational intensive before returning to Boston University to complete his degree.
When a fire claimed the childhood home of Tamunoenefaa Harry, his family sought refuge in the affordability of the South, moving from Berkeley California to Tuskegee Alabama. Changing cultures and communities, "TJ" as he is affectionately called, had to make social adjustments and stay focused on his future. One of seven children, Harry graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, earning a 3.9 grade point average. Characterized by academic references as dedicated and passionate, he was a member of the robotics and track team, as well as the the band. Harry was accepted into Tuskegee University and is a dual major in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Harry is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is infatuated with becoming an engineer. Emoting self-confidence, he is forward-thinking and determined to make his family and community proud of his accomplishments.
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