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Success Story: jared Savage


My name is Jared Savage, an Aerospace Engineering Major and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) at Tuskegee University. I was born and raised in Compton, California. I have always loved aviation; when I was just five years old, a children’s show, the Koala Brothers, came to my attention. The cartoon Koala’s would take their small airplane and fly around the city, helping people in any way they could. Ever since, I dreamed of becoming an airline pilot.  While at Tuskegee University, I have been able to accomplish the following achievements: Tuskegee University Honors Student, Resident Assistant, Executive Board of multiple organizations, intern at General Electric Aviation, as well as my instrument rating, Commercial license, and CFI.

Above all, I am most proud of earning my CFI. With the tremendous support of my family, I began flying when I was seventeen years old, officially earning my private pilot license while in high school at the age of eighteen. While working on my instrument rating, I was introduced to the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation. At the time, I (my mother) was paying out of pocket and applying for dozens of scholarships. The foundation offered me not only financial support but mentoring and a pilot community. Since obtaining the Scholarship, I have been able to accomplish my commercial pilot license and acquired my CFI at 20 years old, allowing me to become one of the youngest instructors in the country. Even though I am generally a very reserved person, flying has allowed me to explore the world with the most stunning view imaginable. This journey would have been extremely difficult had it not been for the Red Tails. I always love to reflect on the journey that brought me here; passing on events, trips, gifts, just to learn how to fly. At times, I didn’t know how I was going to be able to continue flying, but my mother always told me, “God’s got us”. Thanks to the Red Tails Foundation, I am now in a position to teach others the same beautiful gift I was taught. I am finding my way in the aviation community due to their generosity and mentorship. It is such a relief on myself and my family to not have to worry about any financial burden for flight lessons. Thank you, Red Tails Scholarship Foundation. I am now able to do what I love most; give back to the community and teach others, including my brother, how to fly!
I would also love to thank my grandmother and brother for always believing in me and my ability, as well as my mother, who has been nothing sort of sensational as a mother, friend, and mentor.

Thank you again Donors for your thoughtful and generous gift!


“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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