Frank Macon, a documented Tuskegee airman who overcame a number of struggles and improbabilities, made history as a man who had a dream, and his perseverance made that dream come true. Born in Kansas City, Kansas. He moved to Colorado Springs when he was two weeks old which is why Frank always called Colorado Springs home.
Frank Macon became a part of living history as he carried out his days with stories of his time as an airman, and his commitment to his community. Frank belonged to the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Hubert L. Hooks Jones Chapter, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that dedicated itself to honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated as Army Air Corps air crew, ground crew, and operations support training during World War II. Frank Macon believed every dream should be given wings, and that dreams come in many shapes and sizes. As a young man, Frank Macon overcame many struggles. He loved life and he wanted all students to learn to persevere and navigate through their challenges like his challenge with dyslexia.
Frank was determined to leave behind a legacy that would help young folks find their footing in the world. Trade schools and trade careers are sometimes overlooked as successful, rewarding careers–but Frank knew better. Frank knew that working with one’s hands in a skilled trade could pay off beautifully–and for that reason, Frank wanted to leave a lasting legacy to make young people’s dreams of honest work in the skilled trades come true.
A career in the trades can be a rewarding path that allows you to choose an area of interest and learn skills that will translate into a fruitful career with competitive pay. Trades can include automotive careers and truck driving, as well as cosmetology and metalworking. Trades are defined as any occupation typically requiring specialized skills. These skills are usually learned through alternative programs and apprenticeships, rather than traditional 4-year college programs.
If you feel that college isn’t for you, but you dream of a job that brings purpose and skill with a steady paycheck to the table–explore these trades and the resources we have to help you!
The Frank Macon Trust is designed to help folks connect with a career that will set them up for success. The goal of the trust is to provide financial resource through scholarships, while also offering resources and information regarding other available scholarships and aid.
Scholarships are awarded through a merit-based selection process, and our team works to review application submissions throughout the year. We operate with a cyclical schedule of application review and selection of recipients, with a Spring/Fall rotation. Fall applications will be considered and selected with a December deadline, with recipients receiving notification in that December timeframe. If you would like more information about our selection process and our calendar of consideration windows, please reach out to our office.