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Local Tuskegee Airmen Chapter Holds 21st Annual Tuition Assistance Award Celebration

Local Tuskegee Airmen Chapter Holds 21st Annual

 Tuition Assistance Award Celebration

On Saturday evening, The Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. presented the 21st Annual Tuition Assistance Awards Celebration.  The gala took place at Anthony’s Pier 9 and is held each year to award scholarships to area students as well as acknowledge members of the community who have made a contribution toward helping young people.

The theme for the evening was “Building Bridges: A Path to the Future” which follows the tradition of providing tuition scholarships to help young men and women  attain the goal of higher education while simultaneously remembering the sacrifices made by the original Tuskegee Airmen who served in the Army Air Corps in Tuskegee, Alabama during World War II.

The following twelve students are 2019’s scholarship award recipients:

Melanie Angel Newburgh Free Academy, Kelly Bramble Newburgh Free Academy, Mark Carter Jr. Saddle River Day School,  Michael Castro Newburgh Free Academy, Brandon Gibbs Arlington High School, Evan Hathaway Wallkill Senior High School, Joshua Keller Cornwall Central High School, Conner Leggett Newburgh Free Academy, Marvin Mungo Middletown High School, Kerry O’Connell Newburgh Free Academy, Michael Shorter-James Ellenville High School, Nina Zylberberg Newburgh Free Academy

Lifetime 2 Achievement Torrence Harvey

Torrance Harvey, mayor of the City of Newburgh, was a recipient of a mentor and community service award.

The other honorees included three members who received the community service and mentoring awards:  City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey, the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, and OC Post Publisher and Genesis Group member Everett Smith.  In the words of Irene Trowell-Harris, Major General, USAF (Ret): “A mentor is a counselor, coach, motivator, champion, and role model.  A mentor is a person who has a sincere desire to enhance the success of others.”

Lifetime 1 Achievement Award Everett Tuskegee

Everett Smith, publisher of the Orange County Post, received award from Glendon Fraser for mentoring and community service.

Congratulations to all the scholarship award winners and to the community mentor honorees for 2019.

If you would like more information of the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. go to

Pictured above:  Kerry O’Connell was one of the recipients of many scholarships given out Saturday evening.


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