Boeing Awards $6M for STEM Education in Washington

October 17, 2016

Boeing has announced $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofits and education institutions in Washington state. Recipients include fellow Philanthropy Northwest members Thrive Washington and Washington STEM, along with three universities: University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University.

From the announcement:

The grants are geared toward programs that enhance STEM education and workforce training, and educational and career pathway opportunities for students — particularly for underserved students who historically have not pursued these career paths. Included in the grants are $1 million to further expand horizons for students seeking a STEM education and enhanced learning opportunities at local universities.

Boeing expects a substantial portion of its Washington workforce to retire during the next several years and is working to ensure that students in the state have the education and skills to fill these jobs. The grants are part of Boeing’s ongoing commitment to Washington to prepare local students for the opportunities being created in the state.

“Boeing will be a significant jobs provider in Washington for decades to come. Our hope and goal is that those future jobs will continue to be filled by kids who grow up right here,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are working hard today to give Washington students opportunities for employment within aerospace, manufacturing and other STEM-related fields when they graduate. Despite the always dynamic aerospace industry, Boeing remains consistent in its investment in our future here in Washington.”

The University of Washington is receiving $500,000 to help under-represented high school students attend and succeed. This includes support for the Dream Project, which trains UW students to mentor first-generation and low-income high school students.

Washington State University is receiving $250,000 to support new coursework and equip new labs at the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett campus, currently scheduled to open in 2017. The campus’ new Fabrication Lab will be named the Boeing Innovation Studio.

Seattle University will receive a grant of $250,000 for the College of Science and Engineering to improve retention rates of non-traditional students in its undergraduate engineering and computer science programs.

The additional $5 million in grants ranging from $25,000 to $550,000 are designed to provide a continuum of learning and education resources for Washington’s younger residents. Some of the largest of those grants will support: Thrive Washington and its focus upon early learning; Washington STEM and its K12 learning initiatives; and SkillUp Washington’s manufacturing pathways partnership with community and technical colleges.

For more information, visit the Boeing in Washington website.