The Boeing Company has established a $3 million endowment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, to assist students interested in pursuing a pilot’s license and certificates in aviation maintenance. This scholarship seeks to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the pilot workforce, particularly women and persons of color, as well as veterans.
Both Boeing and Embry-Riddle will also look for opportunities to engage students in meaningful experiences throughout their time at Embry-Riddle. These experiences may include trips to Boeing facilities, internships, guest speaking arrangements and informal meetings with Boeing employees.
"Boeing and Embry-Riddle share a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion," said University President Dr. P. Barry Butler. "Like the aviation industry, Embry-Riddle has a truly global presence. To meet future workforce needs and accelerate innovation, it is critical that we tap into the entire potential talent pool."
According to Boeing's 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, the industry will need 790,000 new civil aviation pilots and 754,000 new maintenance technicians to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.
With this new, permanent endowment, Boeing's investment in scholarships at Embry-Riddle now makes up more 70 percent of its total $7.2 million in support since 1980.
Boeing has collaborated with Embry-Riddle to make scholarships available for the Fall 2019 semester. The first 22 recipients are listed below.
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