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The Tuskegee NEXT Summer Flight Program Application Deadline is December 31

MISSION

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.

STRATEGY

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 Summer Flight 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 Summer Flight Program can apply by emailing completed documents to: info@tuskegeenext.org 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.

PROGRAM

The Tuskegee NEXT Summer Flight Program is a full-time, residential program in the Chicago area that runs from mid-June to mid-August.

Tuskegee NEXT cadet eligibility

Age:                     

  • Between the ages of 18-20

Education:         

  • Completed junior year of high school

  • Must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA

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

Physical Condition:                                                                                                                                                                                            

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

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

  • All applicants must successfully complete an FAA medical exam

Extra-Curricular:                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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

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

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

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

APPLICATION PROCESS

Completed applications must be submitted prior to December 31 and include:

  • Student Application

  • Background information including:

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • A short essay answering one of the following prompts:

    • If selected to be a Tuskegee NEXT cadet, what are your short-term and long-term goals and how do these goals honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen?

    • It is well known that the Tuskegee Airmen consistently overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges and changed history. Describe the greatest challenge you have overcome and what you learned in the process.

    • Essay Requirements

      • 500 words

      • Word document

      • Times New Roman (12pt)

      • Single spaced

      • 1.25 left and right margins

NOTE: Certain applicants will be selected for an interview in order to be considered and accepted into the Tuskegee NEXT Summer Flight Program. The interviews will be held in February.

Acceptance PROCESS

Students selected to attend the Tuskegee NEXT Summer Flight Program will be required to accomplish the following prior to March 1st:

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

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

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

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