Boeing Announces Scholarships for Pilot Training

Sisters of the Skies recipients of the Boeing Pilot Training Scholarship pose after receiving their scholarships. (Terrence Bowen Photography)
Sisters of the Skies recipients of the Boeing Pilot Training Scholarship pose after receiving their scholarships. (Terrence Bowen Photography)

 Boeing Announces Scholarships for Pilot Training

- Expanding and diversifying the talent pipeline for careers in commercial aviation

- $950,000 for flight training and education scholarships, including programs for underserved youth in Los Angeles     

ARLINGTON, Va., PRNewswire -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is investing $950,000 in scholarships for pilot training to grow and diversify talent required to meet significant long-term demand for commercial airplane pilots.

Boeing is donating $500,000 to fund 25 scholarships with five aviation organizations committed to developing future pilots, including:

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Latino Pilots Association

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Sisters of the Skies

Women in Aviation International

Boeing is also donating $450,000 to Fly Compton, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that introduces minority youth to career opportunities in aerospace. This investment will increase flight training classes offered to students in L.A.'s Compton community and introduce career topics related to designing, building and maintaining airplanes and drones.

"The demand for qualified and diverse pilots remains high at airlines worldwide. While becoming a pilot provides a lifelong career, access to training remains a barrier to entry for many," said Ziad Ojakli, executive vice president of Government Operations at Boeing. "These organizations are helping the next generation of pilots realize their full potential while also showing communities that are historically underrepresented in the industry that a future in aviation is possible."

Long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong. Boeing projects 602,000 new pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years.

"We are seeing more women and individuals from diverse backgrounds entering the pilot profession because of the mentorship and guidance that aviation organizations like these provide for early career professionals," said Chris Broom, vice president of Commercial Training Solutions for Boeing Global Services. "The work they're doing to implement changes needed to remove social and financial barriers to entry are critical."

Since 2019, Boeing has invested more than $8.5 million to bring pilot training programs to underrepresented populations in communities across the United States.

Samantha Whitfield, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals executive director: "Funding flight training is often one of the greatest barriers for students of color pursuing a pilot career. Scholarship partners like Boeing provide the much-needed support to fuel the careers of aspiring aviators. OBAP is proud to join forces with Boeing as we seek to diversify the aerospace workforce now and in the future."

Stephanie Grant, Sisters of the Skies board member and development director and a United Airlines first officer: "Sisters of the Skies is an organization of professional black female pilots committed to improving scholarship opportunities, mentorship, professional development, and outreach. Being able to support our members through scholarships like this helps offset the high cost of flight school and ultimately see these women become professional pilots. With less than 200 Black female commercial airline pilots nationwide, we remain focused on increasing this number through the pillars of our mission."  

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