Tuskegee NEXT (Aviation Program)

Our Mission: Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airman, Tuskegee NEXT seeks to transform the lives of at-risk youth through aviation education and career path opportunities, so such at-risk youth can transform their communities.

Our Strategy: Tuskegee NEXT seeks to provide role models and a clear path toward aviation careers through Flight Training, Life Skills, and Educational Assistance.

The Tuskegee NEXT “Cadet” program is a challenging program similar to the original Tuskegee Airmen Project. The Cadets will be involved in a life-changing “total immersion” program that will last for nearly 3 months. Students will live in dormitories, attend daily classes which include: classroom, simulators, flight training and life skill development courses which require the best effort from each individual. Typically, the “Cadets” have been active in non-flight programs in the

Tuskegee NEXT program or involved with similar programs. Highly motivated students may still apply, but their chance for being accepted is reduced.

The Tuskegee NEXT Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law). More specifically, the corporation is organized: (i) to assist minority, at risk, Chicago area youth with obtaining their pilot’s license; (ii) to conduct programs for charitable purposes; and (iii) to educate minority, at risk, Chicago area youth in the aerospace industry through various educational initiatives, life skills, mentorship collaborations and formal flight training programs in a charitable manner.


Tuskegee NEXT’s cadet program is a full-time, residential program in the Chicago area that runs from mid-June to mid-August.

Tuskegee Next “Cadet” Eligibility


  • Between the ages of 16-20


  • Completed Sophomore year of high school;
  • Must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA; and
  • Additional consideration will be given to those Cadets that have completed advanced or college-level courses.


  • No criminal record.

Physical Condition:

  • All applicant’s medications must be disclosed and shall not disqualify such applicant according to FAA and ADA standards;
  • All applicant’s prior medical procedures must be disclosed and shall not disqualify such applicant according to FAA and ADA standards; and
  • Cadets must successfully complete an FAA medical exam.


  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that participate in extra-curricular activities;
  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have participated in aviationaviation-relatedies;
  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have already passed the FAA written exam; and
  • Additional consideration will be given to Cadets that have actual flight experience.


Application Process:

Completed application including:

  • Personal documents, 2 reference letters and essay must be turned in prior to 12/31/17
  • Cadet must complete a reading comprehension exam with a score of 80% or greater
  • Cadet must complete general aptitude exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Cadet must complete an FAA written sample exam with a score of 70% or greater

Required application items also include: 

  • Initial student application/background information
  • 2 Sponsor recommendation letters
  • Student essay
  • Official High School Transcript and College Transcript (if applicable)


Interview Process:

  • Certain applicants will be selected for an interview in order to be considered and accepted into the Tuskegee NEXT program.  The interviews will be held in January.


Selection Process:

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Successful completion of online private pilot course work


Students selected to attend Tuskegee NEXT “Cadet” program will be required to accomplish the following prior to May 1st, 2018:

  • Complete additional application requirements, if necessary (e.g., essay or interview);
  • Obtain an FAA Third-Class Medical and student pilot license; and
  • Agree to abide by Tuskegee NEXT rules of conduct and participate in the required follow-up during the 2017 academic year.


The Tuskegee NEXT Foundation offers financial assistance to its cadets to attend the Tuskegee NEXT summer program. This scholarship is intended to assist families who demonstrate a financial need. Tuskegee NEXT is seeking applicants whose families lack the financial resources to fund private pilot training for the cadet. Cadet financial eligibility shall include documentation that the applicant has an economic hardship that is an impediment to obtaining their pilots license without Tuskegee NEXT’s assistance. The assessment of a candidate’s economic hardship will be based upon the parent’s income and will be completed with the application.


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