major general irene trowell-harris chapter
newburgh, ny

about us

our chapter

who we are

The Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is a chartered member of the National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. operating in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  The chapter is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3) by virtue of this association. In addition, The Lee A. Archer Jr., Red Tail Youth Flying Program is also a 501-(c) (3). This youth oriented program is a mentor program designed and operated by this chapter to help assist disadvantaged youth of the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.

Chapter Goals support and are inspired by those of the National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.  First and foremost, the chapter promotes the interest and honors the memory of the men and women who served in the Army Air Corp at Tuskegee, Alabama during the 1940s.  We tell the story of the aspirations, frustrations and, most importantly, the successes of these pioneering men and women, everyday, in every forum possible.

The Chapter provides the local community an opportunity to come together in the spirit of community and family at our Family Day in the Park. Invited to this event are community agencies and organizations that promote youth and youth mentoring program. Also invited are families of these young men and women. We invite the participation of clinics and preventative care services from our local area. At this event, children can have their health evaluated by doctors, nurses and technicians of the local hospital volunteer corps. We provide food, music, and entertaining games for all those in attendance.

The Trowell-Harris Chapter engages in many schools and community agency visits throughout the year. We are often asked to visit these venues to talk about the Tuskegee Airmen history and legacy. This is when we are most able to touch the lives of many children in our community. We have spoken to elementary school students, middle and high school students as well as college students about the history of the Airmen. For many, this is the first time they have heard about the Tuskegee Experience.

our vision

Our chapter uses the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy as a guidepost to motivate, mentor and provide opportunities for youth in the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York community.

our mission

Utilize our chapter programs and scholarships as a springboard for our youth to reach their goals.

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chapter membership

Joining our esteemed Tuskegee Airmen chapter is an opportunity to be a part of living history and a community dedicated to preserving the legacy of these pioneering heroes. If you're passionate about their legacy and want to contribute to our mission, we welcome you with open arms.

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becoming a member

Becoming a member is easy and fulfilling. Let's work together to honor the past and inspire the future. Join us on this incredible journey.

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Misperceptions of membership

You must be an African American
You must be a member of the U.S. Air Force or a veteran
not aware you can be a member of a local chapter and of the Tuskegee Airmen, INC.

tuition assistance

The Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter TAI annually awards scholarships to local deserving youths of the Mid-Hudson. These scholarships are presented during our annual tuition assistance dinner on the first Saturday in February.

application process

  1. Must be a graduating high school senior in New York
  2. Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address is required to create your profile.
  3. A copy of parents’ previous year’s IRS form 1040. (Through line 31).
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from (Community leader, Teacher, Counselor, Minister, etc.)
  5. Write an essay titled “The Tuskegee Airmen” expressing what the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen means to you personally and how can you become an active part of that legacy.
  6. Each applicant must submit an essay of no more than two (2) pages containing a brief biographical sketch, educational aspirations, career goals, and an explanation of why financial aid is essential. (Typed double spaced not to exceed two (2) pages.
  7. Include a list of extracurricular and community activities that you (were) are involved in (If applicable).
  8. If selected a digital photo will be required for the journal.

The Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. is a chartered member of the National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. operation in the Mid -Hudson Valley. The scholarship committee is interested in assisting a broad spectrum of students who intend to continue their education.

This Application is For High School Seniors Who Will Be Attending College or Vocational School.The students have (1) year from the date of notification to redeem their scholarship.

When you click the apply now button, you will be taken to the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan website to complete your online application  after you have created a login profile.

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