I am Zarren Riley, I am an undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the illustrious Tuskegee University. I was raised southeast of Atlanta, Georgia in the town of McDonough. Coming from an Air Force family, the Air Force has been a big part of my life. I have the greatest ambitions of being a profound fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. I currently have positions of leadership in Air Force ROTC and Arnold Air Society. I have been blessed to work and train at Golden Eagle Aviation at the historical Moton Field in Tuskegee. There is nothing better than to wake up in the morning and be surrounded by planes and pilots with the same motivation to fly.
The main reason I want to get my pilots license is to fly. I want to be in the air and fly everything under the sun. Growing up I loved hearing planes zoom by and watching pilots perform risky maneuvers. I have a passion for aviation as well as anything with a powerful engine. I’m enjoying the training and skills needed to be a pilot, as I enjoy this process to becoming a great pilot. I am very grateful to be selected to receive a scholarship from the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship has allowed me to truly focus on getting my license first by providing me an opportunity. Also, it has allowed me to manage school and flying without a financial load over my head. This is just the beginning of a long and exciting journey that started with your generosity.
Thank you Donors and Supporters!!
“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