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Success Story: Daniel Croom


Hello, my name is Daniel Croom, and I am currently a Sales and Marketing major at the prestigious Tuskegee University. Since a child, it's been my lifelong dream to become a pilot and travel the world. As a member of the People to People Ambassador Program, I had the privilege of traveling abroad to such beautiful countries as Italy and Greece. Self-described as an adventurous, reserved, confident and observant young man, I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

The only child to my parents, they instilled in me, “I can do anything I put my mind to, and the possibilities are limitless!” Then came baseball. I excelled. While baseball was a major part of my life and earned me a collegiate scholarship, I view it as the awesome avenue to my first love, again, becoming a pilot.

Why a pilot? My parents were Georgia transplants, which meant frequent trips to the airport to welcome family members. I am often told of how I would stare at the airbuses in awe and from the ripe old age of five stated, “I would become a pilot.” That love and respect still exists today. Becoming a pilot is an exclusive club, I will become a part of. Merging my occupation as a pilot, with my hobby of traveling the world and learning new cultures will set the blueprint for an amazing and fulfilling life.

Thank you, Red Tail Scholarship Foundation, for aiding in a young child’s dream, becoming a grown man’s reality.


“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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