Aminah Wright was born and raised in sunny southern California. After graduating high school, she ventured out into the world and chose to attend college all the way across the country. She chose to go to Tuskegee University. While there, she was on track to complete her studies through the College of Engineering. More specifically, she majored in electrical engineering. While working on her first degree, she realized electrical engineering required a lot of mathematics. She made the bold decision to take on a second degree program. By the time she graduated in Spring of 2021, she had achieved a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Material Science and Engineering. When Aminah could unglue herself from her school work, she frequented local cycling events. She is a member of Major Taylor Cycling Club Los Angeles (MTCCLA), Major Taylor Cycling Club Alabama (MTCCAL), Red Clay Cycling (RCC) and most recently has dipped her toe into the world of crit racing. Ironically, Aminah is on a cycling race team called the Red Tails Race Team. Aminah’s life has morphed dramatically since she graduated high school, and this is just a small snapshot!
Aminah first heard about the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation through a friend who was selected to become an Air Force Aviator. In Fall 2019, she started to attend the on campus study sessions for those individuals who were interested in the program. She took on this endeavor and studied everyday after all other homework was completed. Time-wise, it felt like another class, but she knew it would be worth it. To her delight, she was selected from the application pool and was granted an interview. A few days later she received a positive phone call congratulating her and welcoming her into the program. She hopes to complete her private pilot license and then proceed to tackling her instrument rating and commercial license. She has aspirations to become a Naval Aviator and eventually an astronaut. Her passion for aviation has taken her by surprise, as she didn’t anticipate being anything more than an Electrical Engineer at a defense company for her working years. The world has opened up more than she could have ever imagined, and she will always be connected to the city of Tuskegee, Alabama.
The foundation has opened doors for Aminah that she did not even know existed. It is a truly special feeling to see someone that looks like you in the cockpit of a plane telling you that this position is only a few (hundred) flight hours away. Being surrounded by young black adults that all have a passion for aviation makes the atmosphere at the airport electric. It is inspiring to see everyone succeed and pave the way for a more diverse group of aviators to take to the skies in the coming years.
Quote:” Luck is just bein’ prepared at all times, so when the door opens you’re ready.” Nipsey Hussle