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Silver Spring Organization Establishes Scholarship Named After Presidential Honoree

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General Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman Scholarship Emblem

Image: Montgomery Country (MD) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

The oldest living member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame has been chosen for a new STEM-based scholarship program created in his honor.

The Montgomery County Maryland chapter of Baltimore-based Alpha Phi Alpha (APA) Fraternity Incorporated announced it will be launching the Brigadier General Charles E. McGee’s inaugural STEM Scholarship beginning Fall 2022. The scholarship is intended for African American high school students who are interested in pursuing college studies involving science, technology engineering or mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America.

Brigadier General McGee served in the United States Air Force for 30 years o. He has flown a total of6,308 hours and 409 combat missions during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Wars when he was assigned as a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. membership before retiring on January 31, 1973.

Senator Chris Van Hollen presented legislation in July 2019 to allow then-Colonel McGee to be promoted. The Senate unanimously approved the bill. Senator Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony Brown later advocated for a provision to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA clause was successfully incorporated, making through both the House and the Senate. President Trump signed it into law on December 20, 2019, and on February 4, 2020, he awarded McGee the Brigadier General star.

McGee, who is over 100 years old, lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and has been a member of the APA Fraternity for almost 80 years.

The Silver Spring-based APA Montgomery Chapter is soliciting donations for the scholarship program, with a goal of raising $250,000.

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