The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has announced a $1 million commitment from Boeing Charitable Trust, the philanthropic arm of the aerospace giant, in support of efforts to boost the number of women and minority students in science and engineering programs.
To be matched by funds raised through AIAA's Match a Million campaign, the gift will support the foundation's educational fund, which provides support for student programs, scholarships, conferences, and competitions. More than a thousand Boeing employees are AIAA members, including a cohort of twelve current AIAA fellows, a designation that recognizes notable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.
"AIAA and its members have advanced aerospace research, technology, policy, and education, resulting in a stronger industry that's well positioned for ongoing growth. Working together, we must continue investing in education to grow the next generation of technical talent," said Boeing chairman, president, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "Through Boeing's contribution, we're helping more students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the aerospace industry."