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JetBlue Foundation Announces Spring 2022 Grantees and Opening of Next Foundation Grant Cycle

The JetBlue Foundation is awarding grants to nine charities across the airline’s network to continue the vital work that connects young people to careers in aviation

Applications for the next round of JetBlue Foundation grants are open now for grants up to $50,000

NEW YORK, September 01, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the all-new JetBlue Foundation Grant Series, supporting nine charities to continue essential youth recruitment programs and necessary teaching skills training to equip and inspire the next generation of Airmen.

The JetBlue Foundation is the first airline foundation focused solely on supporting aviation and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. For nearly a decade, the JetBlue Foundation has awarded grants to charitable organizations to support and advance their education and mentorship programs. Beyond grants, the JetBlue Foundation offers programs, mentors, internships and support to help pave the way for more accessibility and inclusivity within the aviation industry.

“At JetBlue, inspiration is more than an idea, it’s our mission. By working with colleges, technical schools and other community outreach and education programs, the JetBlue Foundation has been able to foster and develop the love and passion for aviation among young people across our network and beyond,” said Ursula Hurley, President of the JetBlue Foundation. “As we approach our 10th anniversary in December, we are proud of how far we have come, but realize that our work is far from done when it comes to continuing to break down barriers to careers in the industry. aviation. We are proud to continue our industry-leading grantmaking work and look forward to welcoming another group of equity-focused grantees to our program. »

The JetBlue Foundation continues to expand its relationship and support in the United States and is proud to announce Spelman College, the Foundation’s first historically black college and university (HBCU), as a 2022 JetBlue Foundation grantee. This year, the Foundation is delighted to not only welcome new grantees, but also to continue supporting a number of previous organizations including: Aviation High School, Mariposa DR Foundation, Hiller Aviation Institute and Universidad Ana G. Mendez.

Spring 2022 JetBlue Foundation Scholars include:

  • Aeronautical high school (New York, New York) offers rigorous instruction and equitable access to Federal Aviation Administration programs, Advance Placement, College Now, and high-level science and math courses. The JetBlue Foundation grant will allow Aviation High School to continue innovating in aviation maintenance technical programs through on-site work with 3D printers and other STEM-related resources that will advance students’ skills for the 21stst workforce of the century.

  • Estrellitas Del Mar Foundation (Guayaquil, Ecuador) seeks to provide additional education to high-achieving young people living in extreme poverty through scholarships, tutoring, and STEM education programs and activities. With more than 100 scholars enrolled in the organization’s tutoring program, the JetBlue Foundation grant will provide the funding needed to employ more instructors and improve math and science programs through expansion and upgrading. level of technology, such as laptops, tablets and increased internet availability.

  • Hiller Aviation Institute (San Carlos, Calif.) showcases Hiller Aviation Museum’s technology-focused exhibits, serves as a powerhouse for the creation of innovative programs, and provides opportunities for industry and academia to participate in the presentation of science and practical engineering. For its ninth consecutive year, the Hiller Aviation Museum will host its Aero Design Challenge, which offers middle schoolers the opportunity to work with authentic tools to complete a series of experiments focused on a particular aviation topic. The JetBlue Foundation grant will be used to support the 2022 Aero Design Challenge, which has served more than 4,500 children since its inception, and will help recruit resources to reach the goal of 750 student participation for this year’s challenge.

  • Lee Archer, Jr. Red Tail Youth Flying Program (FRG) (Newburgh, New York) is designed to recruit, expose, develop and place a competitive and diverse talent pool of underrepresented Airmen into careers in aviation, aerospace and other STEM-related industries. The JetBlue Foundation grant will allow RFA to continue to “diversify the skies” and bring much-needed parity to aviation through expanded cohort recruitment, as well as creating an aviation ecosystem that holds its own. promise of diversity, equity and inclusion in the aerospace industry.

  • Mariposa Foundation DR (Cabarete, Dominican Republic) encourages and arouses the curiosity of young girls by fostering links between scientific exploration and daily life through its Citizen Science program. Funding from the JetBlue Foundation will support curriculum development, technology and physical resource updates, and the launch of a new series of weather journals to help young girls become more aware and aware. phase with their environment, allowing them to become powerful defenders of themselves and the planet.

  • Sally Ride Elementary School (Orlando, Florida) is the only elementary school in Orange County and one of the few schools in the country to offer an Aeronautical and Aerospace Magnet program. Learning from both subject matter experts and classroom educators, Sally Ride Elementary School will use the JetBlue Foundation grant to update technology resources and flight simulator software to continue engaging generations of students to careers in aviation.

  • Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) is the first HBCU to receive a grant from the JetBlue Foundation, and one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) supported by the JetBlue Foundation. The JetBlue Foundation is proud to support the Spelman College Mathematics Department and its affiliate, the EDGE Foundation, through educational travel for conferences, professional development opportunities, and career advancement programs throughout the year. college year.

  • Ana G. Mendez University (UAGM) (San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, founded more than seven decades ago in San Juan, which provides quality education and promotes research through a vision of innovation and of entrepreneurship. UAGM is an FAA-certified pilot training school that offers degrees in aviation and is the first airline agency in Puerto Rico to acquire the certified Garmin G1000 RTD (Reconfigurable Training Device) flight simulator.

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) plans to enhance its existing after-school programming to serve 350 students with a new STEM education module focused on aviation training and topics. Achieve TK-8e elementary school students, the Westchester YMCA Branch provides a foundation for learning at an early age and strengthens college and career readiness in STEM and aviation fields. With the support of the JetBlue Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Los Angeles will be able to continue its vital work of raising awareness and stimulating interest in aviation.

The JetBlue Foundation is also delighted to announce that applications for the next round of grants are available here starting today, September 1 through Friday, September 30, 2022, for grants of up to $50,000 each, according to the criteria, needs and scope of the project (a).

The JetBlue Foundation is separate from JetBlue, with its own Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, both made up of JetBlue crew members from across the airline. Grants are provided directly by the JetBlue Foundation. Although the JetBlue Foundation is separate from JetBlue, the two are aligned in their efforts to help diversify the STEM fields that power the airline.

For more information about the JetBlue Foundation, visit www.jetbluefoundation.org.

About the JetBlue Foundation
Since 2013, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with nearly 100 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and aviation-focused programs, providing more than $2.7 million in grants and in-kind support to help these programs take off. The JetBlue Foundation continues JetBlue’s work to place aviation at the top of mind as a future career choice for students. The JetBlue Foundation provides financial, in-kind and mentorship support to STEM-focused education and pipeline initiatives to ensure even more women and traditionally underrepresented groups are present in hangars, boardrooms , airports and airline headquarters of the future. To learn more, visit jetbluefoundation.org.

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The JetBlue Foundation will award grants of up to $50,000 each to eligible educational organizations (i.e., schools, educational institutions, or educational alliances), as described in the Grant Proposal Criteria. Once the JetBlue Foundation has received an organization’s completed application, they will receive a confirmation email. Due to the volume of grant applications received, the JetBlue Foundation is unable to individually contact or award grants to each applicant. If an organization is selected to receive a grant, a representative from the JetBlue Foundation will contact you directly.

About JetBlue
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue flies customers to more than 100 cities in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information and the best rates, visit jetblue.com.

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