Lifted. That is the only way I can describe the way my heart feels. Lifted with the grace and generosity of others, lifted with the pride I have in me. Lifted — just like the feeling of a plane leaving the runway.
I know how this looks. I’m a small-town kid hailing from Attalla, Alabama, aspiring to become an Astronaut. That’s a crazy dream for a kid like me, yet I feel I can achieve it.
But I also know I have to work for it. Real hard.
I have been able to hold positions in Student Government Association (SGA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), 2017 Tuskegee University Men’s Empowerment Conference, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc. In addition, I have had the opportunity to intern with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While at Tuskegee University, I have been able to accomplish the following achievements: Tuskegee University Honors Student, 4.0 GPA Eminent Scholar, Bioethics Honors Program, Air Force R.O.T.C Scholarship, 1st Red Tail Scholarship Foundation Recipient, & Private Pilot License (PPL).
I’m proud of those accomplishments, but there’s one thing that stands out as my greatest accomplishment.
I am most proud of earning my Private Pilot License because earning it challenged me in every way imaginable: physically, mentally, and financially. It was adventurous, fun, and very thought-provoking. From becoming a pilot, I have improved my communication skills, confidence, multi-tasking skills, quick decision-making, time management, adaptability and spatial awareness, and coordination. As an icing on the cake, I am the cool kid around campus. But I know what that really means. It means that others look up to me. It means I have to set an example and when it’s my turn, I have to lift others.
Finally, this experience has taught me humility. I know I would not have been able to achieve this aspiration without the help of the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation and its donors. By awarding me this scholarship, they have lightened my financial burden, which allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect – school.
I am forever grateful with tremendous honor for having the opportunity to be the 1st Red Tail Scholarship Foundation Recipient.