June (2018)– Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace and aircraft manufacturing company, recently announced a $6 million investment in future technology professionals attending eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Howard University. The investment was created through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community.
“This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent,” says Boeing Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion Michael Ford. “We hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.”
The investment will fund scholarships, internships and on-campus engagements for Howard University students, in addition to students attending Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta, Morgan State, North Carolina A&T State and Tuskegee Universities, along with Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. Students will have access to immersive “boot camp” programs, designed for exposure to Boeing’s culture and career paths.
“The support from Boeing is more than a gift,” says TMCF President & CEO Harry L. Williams, Ph.D. “It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving students.”
Boeing hired an outside consulting group to research and determine which HBCUs should be chosen for the investment. The next phase will be implementation. Over the next few months, the University expects to receive specifics on Boeing’s investment, which will allow University leaders to select the departments that are best suited to utilize the funds.
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