JetBlue Foundation has announced it has awarded USD 135,000 in grants to Puerto Rican science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs to aid in long-term post-hurricane recovery, the foundation said.
Grants of varying amounts were provided to organizations that are investing in the island´s future and placing aviation and STEM top-of-mind as career choices for students.
Earlier this spring, the JetBlue Foundation opened a granting application cycle to qualified programs and organizations working to fuel STEM learning. The Puerto Rico-specific grants are part of 100x35JetBlue, which is JetBlue´s ongoing initiative to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria through 35 ways over 100 days and beyond, with the JetBlue now focusing on the long-term phase.
JetBlue is Puerto Rico´s largest airline and the island is home to nearly 500 JetBlue crewmembers who support the airline´s operations in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce. JetBlue is New York´s Hometown AirlineÂ®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.
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.