Scholarship named in honor of General Charles McGee is “living monument” for the Famed Tuskegee Airman for Students who Pursue STEM Degrees at HBCUs

Brigadier General Charles McGee, an American hero and national treasure, entered eternal rest on January 16, 2022, at age 102.  During his amazing life, he flew 409 aerial fighter combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He holds the record for the highest three-war total of fighter combat missions of any pilot in U.S. Air Force history. He is enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

His military service began as one of the Tuskegee Airmen in the 332nd, famed pioneers who fought racial prejudices to fly and fight for their country in World War II. General McGee was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for 81 years and was active in the Montgomery County (MD) Chapter for nearly 30 years, where he inspired and mentored three generations of Alpha men and thousands of STEM students around the country.

The scholarship established in honor of Brigadier General Charles McGee supports African American high school and college students who pursue STEM degrees beginning Fall 2022. The program which is hosted within our historic 501(c)(3) museum and education center creates an opportunity to provide need-based financial support directly to African American youth to matriculate at any of our nation’s 102 HBCUs and continue the legacy for which General McGee dedicated his life’s work. 

HBCUs produce roughly 25% of STEM degrees and over 40% of engineering degrees for all African American students. However, most HBCUs are extraordinarily underfunded. The total endowment for all 102 HBCUs combined is less than half of many larger state universities.  It is with your individual, corporate and community support of this scholarship program that our youth can earn college degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at any of the 102 HBCUs they chose to attend.

We are actively soliciting public, corporate and community partner support to make this living monument a reality. To donate please visit:

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Company Name: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Montgomery County (MD) chapter
Contact Person: Steve Ruffin, Chair
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Phone: 301-500-0896
Address:811 E. Randolph Road
City: Silver Spring
State: MD 20904
Country: United States