James A. Cotten Sr.

James A. Cotten Memorial Scholarship

Commemorating the life and contributions of James Cotten Sr.

There will be two scholarships awarded annually, in the amount of $1,000 each. All students who applied for the 2023 Scholarship will be contacted by phone.

James A. Cotten Sr. poses in front of an airplane.
Tuskegee Airman James Cotten remembered in South Jersey with more than words

On July 20, 2021, Air Force Master Chief Sgt. James Cotten of Willingboro was saluted in a New Jersey Senate resolution and a Burlington County Commission proclamation.

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About James A. Cotten

James Cotten served on the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee of EdiFi Credit Union for two decades. With his genuine commitment to service and efforts to improve the lives of others, Mr. Cotten embodied the values of our credit union and the entire industry. 

Outside the credit union, Mr. Cotten also had a long, distinguished career serving our country, including an appointment to the elite Tuskegee Airmen, known as the “Red Tails” in 1945. Later, he was assigned to the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron 4th Fighter Group as the Air Operations NCO in 1949 – the first African American to be assigned to this organization. 

One of the core principles he embraced while serving our nation is a truth that the EdiFi volunteers and Staff strive to uphold: “Every day is another day to excel!”

He was recognized by our proud nation and received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in May 2012.

"Every day is another day to excel!"
- James A. Cotten