JetBlue Foundation Provides Grants To Help Six Aviation Programs Take Flight

Published on : Thursday, March 31, 2016

jetblue-logo-berriesJetBlue today announced the third round of grants provided by the JetBlue Foundation. The JetBlue Foundation, an education-focused entity which furthers the airline’s effort to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students, awarded $150,000 in grants to help encourage aviation programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.

 

The JetBlue Foundation provided six grants, each worth $25,000, to help young aviators’ dreams take flight. These grants will help propel programs that encourage STEM education, including initiatives that reach underserved communities including women, minority groups and veterans. In addition to grants, the JetBlue Foundation also provides in-kind support to make a difference among the next generation of aviators, dispatchers, aircraft mechanics and pilots.

 

“The biggest hurdle to a career in aviation is limited access,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, board of directors, JetBlue Foundation. “The JetBlue Foundation is eliminating barriers by encouraging STEM education as early as possible. We are supporting the next generation of aviation professionals and ensuring that the future of our industry remains strong.”

 

On March 31, the JetBlue Foundation hosted its third annual grant check presentation at a special event at JetBlue University, the airline’s state-of-the-art training facility in Orlando. Aspiring aviators, administrators and students were treated to a one-of-a-kind experience including access to JetBlue’s flight simulators, training cabins and crewmember lodging facility. The event also included opportunities for the students to learn more about the various career opportunities available at JetBlue.

 

This year’s JetBlue Foundation grant recipients include:

 

Over the past three years, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 20 aviation-focused programs and provided nearly $350,000 in grants to help these programs take off. Beyond grants, the JetBlue Foundation provides mentoring, internships and more. JetBlue supports STEM education though a variety of initiatives. The airline hosts a unique education pathway from relationships with elementary school students and mentoring high school and college students to its University Gateway Program, which leads to positions as Pilot Trainees with JetBlue.

 

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