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Tuskegee NEXT Cadet Application Deadline - December 31, 2019


Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee NEXT seeks to transform the lives of at-risk youth through aviation education and career path opportunities, so such at-risk youth can transform their communities.


Tuskegee NEXT seeks to provide role models and a clear path toward aviation careers through: Flight Training, Life Skills, and Educational Assistance.

The Tuskegee NEXT “Cadet” program is a challenging program similar to the original Tuskegee Airmen Project. The cadets will be involved in a life-changing “total immersion” program that will last for nearly three months. Students will live in dormitories, attend daily classes which include: classroom, simulators, flight training and life skill development courses which require the best effort from each individual. Typically, the “Cadets” have been active in non-flight programs in the Tuskegee NEXT program or involved with similar programs. Highly motivated students may still apply, but their chance for being accepted is reduced. Applicants for the Tuskegee NEXT "Cadet" program can apply by emailing completed documents to: with the designated subject line: Tuskegee NEXT Applicant - your first and last name. It is crucial that the applicant follow detailed instructions very carefully.

The Tuskegee NEXT Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law). More specifically, the corporation is organized: (i) to assist minority, at-risk youth with obtaining their pilot’s license; (ii) to conduct programs for charitable purposes; and (iii) to educate minority, at-risk youth in the aerospace industry through various educational initiatives, life skills, mentorship collaborations and formal flight training programs in a charitable manner.


Tuskegee NEXT's cadet program is a full-time, residential program in the Chicago area that runs from mid-June to mid-August.

Tuskegee NEXT “cadet” eligibility


  • Between the ages of 17-20


  • Completed sophomore year of high school

  • Must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA

  • Additional consideration will be given to those Cadets that have completed advanced or college-level courses

Physical Condition:                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • All applicant’s medications must be disclosed and shall not disqualify such applicant according to FAA and ADA standards

  • All applicant’s prior medical procedures must be disclosed and shall not disqualify such applicant according to FAA and ADA standards

  • Cadets must successfully complete an FAA medical exam


  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that participate in extra-curricular activities

  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have participated in aviation related activities

  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have already passed the FAA written exam

  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have actual flight experience


Completed application including:

  • Personal documents, 2 reference letters and essay must be turned in prior to 12/31/19

  • Cadet must complete a reading comprehension exam with a score of 80% or greater

  • Cadet must complete general aptitude exam with a score of 70% or greater

  • Cadet must complete an FAA written sample exam with a score of 70% or greater

Required application items also include (send all to 

  • Initial student application/background information

  • 2 sponsor recommendation letters

  • Student essay

  • Official High School Transcript and College Transcript (if applicable)


  • Certain applicants will be selected for an interview in order to be considered and accepted into the Tuskegee NEXT program. The interviews will be held in February and March.

Students selected to attend Tuskegee NEXT “Cadet” program will be required to accomplish the following prior to May 1st, 2019:

  • Complete additional application requirements, if necessary (e.g. essay or interview)

  • Obtain an FAA Third-Class Medical and student pilot license

  • Agree to abide by Tuskegee NEXT Code of Conduct and participate in the required follow-up during the next academic year