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Success Story: Jasmine Smith


My name is Jasmine Q. Smith and I am a sophomore at Tuskegee University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, however I grew up in Palmdale, California. I am working to be a flight test engineer in the Air Force and possibly a test pilot in the commercial space industry after my service. Currently, I am an Air Force ROTC cadet, who is on scholarship, and preparing to go to field training once summer rolls around. Also, I am the president of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) organization at Tuskegee.

My love for flying started back in high school when I was accidentally placed in an aerospace class. Some of my classmates and I went to work a booth showing off our school engineering program at the Blue Angels Airshow and, surprisingly enough, though I was thoroughly impressed with the Blue Angels, it was the opening act of the WWII re-enactment that amazed me. I also have a passion for astronomy and had a lot of exposure to the commercial space industry at my internship with Mojave Air and Space Port last summer (2017) and truly see myself working in said industry after my time in the Air Force. I have another internship for this upcoming summer at NASA’ Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and cannot wait to get more experience in the space industry. Thank you so much to the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation and its donors for giving me this opportunity to earn my Private Pilot’s License and trusting me to uphold the honor as well as the legacy. I will work hard to do you proud and pass on the knowledge and be a positive influence to others.

Thank You again for this opportunity!


“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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