JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) has announced the latest round of grants provided by the JetBlue Foundation, the airline said.
The JetBlue Foundation will provide six aviation programs with USD 162,000 in grants for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based initiatives.
The JetBlue Foundation seeks out programs focusing on communities traditionally under-represented in STEM fields including women, minority groups, and veterans. Beyond just grants, the JetBlue Foundation provides in-kind support, mentoring, internships and more to make a difference for the next generation of aviators, dispatchers, aircraft mechanics and pilots. Over the past four years, the Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 26 aviation-focused programs and provided USD 512,000 in grants.
On March 31, the JetBlue Foundation hosted its fourth annual grant presentation with a special event at the New York Hall of Science. In addition to a tour of the museum, aspiring aviators, administrators and students were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of JetBlue´s home terminal at New York´s JFK Airport.
This year´s JetBlue Foundation grant recipients are Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (Flushing, NY), Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos, CA), Above The Clouds (Norwood, MA), Worcester County Horticultural Society (Worcester, MA), New York Hall of Science (Corona, NY), and Trident Technical College Foundation (North Charleston, SC).
The JetBlue Foundation, founded in 2013, is an education-focused entity which furthers the airline´s effort to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students. The foundation is legally independent from JetBlue with a separate board of directors and an advisory committee both made up of JetBlue crewmembers from across the airline.
JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.