Boeing and Embry-Riddle: Advancing Aviation and Aerospace

Group of ERAU alumni at a Boeing facility, in front of a large jet plane being built.

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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About Boeing

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries.

Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

Meet the 2019 Boeing Scholars!

Shaddi Abdala

Shaddi Abdala

Cooper City, Fla., and Cooper City High School

Brennan Acevedo

Brennan Acevedo

Chandler, Ariz., and Perry High School

Adrian Baffigo

Adrian Baffigo

La Verne, Calif., and Bonita High School

Liam Brennan

Liam Brennan

Oak Lawn, Ill., and Harold L. Richards High School

Shannon Byrne

Shannon Byrne

Avondale, Ariz., and Westview High School

Matthew Case

Matthew Case

Riverview, Fla., and Richard Spoto High School

Bailey Dostal

Bailey Dostal

Reno, Nev., and Damonte Ranch High School

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Kylah Hailes

Killeen, Tex., and Killeen ISD Early College High School

Caitlin Hartsel

Caitlin Hartsel

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and South Walton High School

Zsoee Eisel

Zsoee Eisel

Beaverton, Ore., and Sunset High School

Christopher Espino

Christopher Espino

Council Bluffs, Ia., and Iowa Western Community College

Irvin Espinoza

Irvin Espinoza

Ridgeland, S.C., and Ridgeland High School

Joshua Lopez

Joshua Lopez

Bakersfield, Calif., and Frontier High School

Alijah McDonald

Alijiah McDonald

Little River, S.C., and the Academy for Arts, Science & Technology

Alanah Pluchos

Alanah Pluchos

Gresham, Ore., and Sam Barlow High School

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Johan Rodriguez

Miami Lakes, Fla., and Mater Lakes Academy Charter High School

Joshua Sandoval

Joshua Sandoval

Henderson, Nev., and Foothill High School

Haley Scheunemann

Haley Scheunemann

Oconomowoc, Wis., and Oconomowoc High School

Anna Scott

Anna Scott

Henderson, Nev., and Nevada State High School

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Seth Smith

Lynnwood, Wash., and Cascadia Community College

Jing Yu Tan

Jing-Yu Tan

Ellicott City, Md., and Marriotts Ridge High School

Hunter Wise

Hunter Wise

Boynton Beach, Fla., and Boyton Beach Community High School