The JetBlue Foundation

"Industry-wide, less than three percent of commercial airline pilots are of color and only about two percent of commercial pilots are women. After hearing these staggering statistics, we set out to make a difference in our own sector by starting the JetBlue Foundation. This company-sponsored foundation was developed in 2013 to advance aviation-related education and sustain this industry that we love so much."

– Joanna Geraghty, Executive Vice President Customer Experience, JetBlue and President of the JetBlue Foundation

 

On a mission

At JetBlue, inspiration is more than an idea – it’s our mission. As an airline, JetBlue has made a commitment to encourage STEM education by offering opportunities to students, as early as the grade school level, for STEM studies. In order to ensure the future success of the aviation industry, the JetBlue Foundation is taking this commitment even further. The Foundation provides educational opportunities and unique experiences to traditionally underserved communities.

Now arriving: Your future in aviation

Your future in aviation. It’s the JetBlue way to keep finding new opportunities to better our communities and our industry – and inspiring the future of aviation is a responsibility we take very seriously. No other airline has gone on record to build this sort of movement for aviation and that’s why we think we are the best-suited for the job. We’ve been doing it differently since the beginning; the time to make aviation better for future generations is now.

The JetBlue Foundation was created in 2013 in an effort to support aviation-related education and community outreach. The JetBlue Foundation…

  • Focuses on community and encourages education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • Provides learning opportunities for underserved groups by working hand-in-hand with local and national education institutions that support and foster aviation-related programs.
  • Has awarded nearly $400,000 in grants and provided immeasurable in-kind support towards STEM-related education.
  • Provides, in addition to grants, in-kind support, as crewmembers regularly volunteer to make a difference among the next generation of aviators.
  • Mentors elementary and high school students in the University Gateway Program, which leads to positions as Pilot Trainees with JetBlue.
  • Makes JetBlue the only airline to build a foundation solely focused on supporting aviation education.

2015 JetBlue Foundation Grant Recipients:

  • Aviation Career & Technical High School (Long Island City, NY)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Technology Improvement Plan
  • EdVestors (Boston, MA)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - STEM Program with Boston Public Schools
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Girls in Aviation Educational Mentoring Program
  • JHS 88 Peter Rouget (Brooklyn, NY)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Fabrication Laboratory for STEM Education
  • Project Scientist (Long Beach, CA)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - STEM Education Camp
  • Thomas A. Edison State College (Trenton, NJ)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Online STEM Program for Aviation Management

2014 JetBlue Foundation Grants:

  • Organization of Black Aeronautical Professions (OBAP) (Chicago, IL)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - ACE Camps
  • Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Women/Veterans Online Program
  • Wings of Eagles Discovery Center (Elmira, NY)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Science on a Sphere Exhibit STEM

2013 JetBlue Foundation Grants:

  • Aviation Career & Technical High School (Long Island City, NY)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Welding Lab
  • CUNY Aviation Institute at York College (Jamaica, NY)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Dispatcher Program
  • SUN 'n FUN (Lakeland, FL)
    Grant Amount: $25,000 - Mechanic Power Plant Program

Want to apply?

Applications for the JetBlue Foundation granting will open every fall. For more information, please review grant guidelinesopens a PDF

 

“Inspiration starts here. Encouraging education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and advocating for the future of aviation is how we will make a difference for our industry. These are the areas where we need more passion and focus to carry our industry forward.”

– Robin Hayes, President & CEO, JetBlue and Executive Director, JetBlue Foundation