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Success Story: Dorian Sankey


I am Dorian Sankey, a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an avionics specialist at the 187 Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard. I am from a small town called River Falls, Alabama, where unfortunately most are accustomed, comfortable with their small-town life. Despite this, my ambitious drive kept me from adopting a similar mindset. Throughout my journey as a scholar, I’ve been a part of multiple organizations such as the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. In addition to my active participation in these organizations, I managed to graduate Auburn University with a 3.0 grade point average.

Above all, the accomplishment that I hold dearest is being a recipient if the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation. Since obtaining the scholarship, I’ve been adamantly pursuing a Private Pilot’s License in hopes to prepare myself closer to my dream of becoming a pilot in the United States Air Force. Although everyday of this pursuit is physically and mentally challenging, I am delighted to be given the opportunity. Not only am I learning new things about flight every day, but I am also fine-tuning skills needed in everyday life. I am so thankful for the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation and its donors for their generous contributions. Their generosity has given me hope and has motivated me to pursue my goals even harder.

Thank you again donors for your selflessness.


“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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