JetBlue Foundation Focuses on Mentorship, Diversity and STEM and Technical Education Training with its Latest Round of Grants
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 10, 2019--
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the newest round of grants from the JetBlue Foundation, the first airline foundation focused solely on supporting aviation and STEM education. This year, the JetBlue Foundation is fueling 13 programs with nearly $250,000 in grants to benefit their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aviation initiatives. This round of grants will support education programs focused on mentorship and technical education training, with the goal of adding more diversity within STEM and the aviation industry.
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The JetBlue Foundation recently partnered with Project Scientist for the STEM Expedition Summer Academy which included a behind-the scenes visit to JetBlue’s operation at Long Beach Airport.
“The JetBlue Foundation is creating clearer career pathways for the next generation in aviation,” said Ursula Hurley, president of the JetBlue Foundation. “It was exciting to see mentorship and technical education as the main themes among this year’s grant applications. We’re making an investment in our children and in the future of our industry. Mentorship, access and options are important, whether it’s ensuring students have skills for well-paying jobs upon graduation from high school or the opportunity to further their education through college.”
The JetBlue Foundation encourages aviation-related education and helps ignite interest in STEM programs, especially among communities traditionally underrepresented in these areas. This STEM education-focused foundation furthers JetBlue’s efforts to introduce students to the vast array of careers available within aviation. Over the past six years, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 80 STEM and aviation-focused programs and provided over $1.5 million in grants and in-kind support to help these programs take off.
The 2019 grant recipients span JetBlue’s route map including the first international recipient, with grant winners coming from Atlanta; Barbados, West Indies; Boston; the New York-metro area; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; San Diego and Salt Lake City.
This year’s JetBlue Foundation grant recipients include:
STEM and Technical Education Training Programs
JetBlue Foundation Signature Programs
This summer the JetBlue Foundation once again brought two of its signature programs to life with grants to longstanding partners – the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) and Project Scientist – to help encourage even more girls and women and people of color to pursue careers above and below the wing.
JetBlue is currently accepting letters of inquiry for the Fall 2019 grants cycle. For grant criteria or to submit a proposal go to jetbluefoundation.org. Visit the site for more information, to see how previous recipients have utilized their grants, examples of JetBlue Foundation partnerships in flight and other STEM-related news.
About the JetBlue Foundation
The JetBlue Foundation, founded in 2013, is independent from JetBlue and has a separate Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee both made up of JetBlue crewmembers from across the airline. Over the past six years, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 80 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and aviation-focused programs and provided over $1.5 million in grants and in-kind support to help these programs take off. The JetBlue Foundation furthers JetBlue’s work to place aviation top of mind as a career choice for students. The JetBlue Foundation provides financial, in-kind and mentorship support to education and pipeline initiatives focused on STEM to ensure that even more women and traditionally underrepresented groups are present in the hangars, boardrooms, airports and support centers of the future. To learn more visit jetbluefoundation.org.
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline ®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
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