JetBlue Foundation awards grants to power STEM initiatives in Puerto Rico

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 Airline®, 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.