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Success Story: Ayinde Chism


My name is Ayinde Chism. I am a Junior Aerospace Science Engineering major at Tuskegee University. I am originally from San Francisco California. I am a part of the Professional Officer Course in Air Force ROTC at Tuskegee. Upon graduation I will commission as an officer. I want to fly fighter jets and join the ranks as a New Tuskegee Airman. I serve as the Area-Region V Chief of Protocol for Arnold Air Society. I am a member of National Society of Leadership and Success. I run cross country and track. In addition, I am tri-lingual. I have recently been hand-selected to be a mentor for the local Bridge Builders Program.

I have had a passion for aviation and engineering ever since I was a child. I went to every air show that I possibly could – and dreaming about the ones I could not make. During my breaks from college, I began taking flying lessons to earn my Private Pilot’s License. Due to the expensive nature of flying, I did not complete this goal. I have been blessed to be one of the most recent RED TAIL Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship recipients. Due to the generosity of the Red Tails, I am going to continue on the journey to achieve this goal.

I am currently pursuing my Private Pilot’s License through the Golden Eagle Aviation at Moton Field – The home of Black Aviation. It is surreal to follow in the footsteps and continue the legacy of some of the first and the greatest Black Aviators. I want to be an example to all upcoming youth and adults that when there is a will there is a way.


“As soon as Rich Peace and I decided to create the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation we began searching for aspiring young pilots. The first person I knew to speak with was a local flight instructor and good friend of mine named Paul Davis. Paul is the best flight instructor I have ever met, with a wealth of experience, knowledge and blessed with the perfect teaching personality. I told Paul we were beginning a scholarship fund to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and our goal was to assist young African-Americans in gaining a career in aviation. I explained we would mentor them, guide and provide them some financial assistance and would not stop until they had a paying job in the field. I went on to explain the attributes we were looking for included some amount of intelligence, decent hand-eye coordination, but mostly we were searching for young people who were self-motivated and driven to succeed.  Without hesitating Paul said he had the perfect first candidate for us already and his name is Torius Moore.”

Will Sparrow, Red Tail Scholarship Foundation

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