Success Stories


Success Story: Johnny Montgomery


My name is Johnny Montgomery. I am a senior at Stanhope Elmore High School. I am originally from Millbrook, Alabama. My plans after high school are to attend the U.S Air Force Academy and major in Aeronautical Engineering. After the academy I would like to start a career as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. In my high school years, I have achieved some great positions and opportunities, I am the Battalion Commander of my JROTC Unit, and I am the starting Quarterback for my school's Varsity football team. I am very active in a great number of clubs including, JROTC, Junior Civitian, Beta Club, Spanish club, Senior Council, and Mu Alpha Theta. I also had the chance to attend the 2017 Alabama Boys State at the University of Alabama.  

The reason why I wanted to get my Private Pilot License is, because of my passion to fly. I have always loved flying it has been passion next to my passion for riding motorcycles. I gained this passion way before my first flight. I originate from an Air Force family. I have been going to air shows since I was barely walking. I have been happy, and very grateful for all the people that I have met on this journey to get my license. I can say it's pretty cool to say I am 17 years old and the only kid at my school who can fly an airplane. I am thankful to be the second recipient of the Red Tails Scholarship, I want thank the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation and its sponsors for selecting me. The mentoring and support that I have received is amazing. It has taught me a lot and open doors for me. It has truly put me on path to success.I hope to take the information I have learned, to encourage, and mentor other young people in aviation.   

Thank You!


“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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