Los Angeles, CA — The University of Phoenix donated $20,000 to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, and according its president, Jerry T. Hodges, the Los Angeles-based non-profit will use the money to boost the number of students to whom it provides scholarships.

Currently the organization awards $1,500 to 41 students and one $20,000 Pratt and Whitney scholarship to a young person who “instills the ideals, leadership and commitment exemplified by the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen, were an all-Black flying unit of the United States Army Air Corps, and trained at Tuskegee Institute beginning in 1941. The pilots fought racial prejudice, during World War II, to earn the right to fight and were subsequently awarded a number of medals for distinguished service.

The University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America.