Investment aimed at developing diverse students interested in aerospace careers
Morgan State University has been selected as one of eight HBCUs to benefit from a $6 million investment by Boeing in the future technical workforce. The investment will be made available through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community, and will help to build a robust pipeline of diverse, early career talent with Boeing.
“This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent,” said Michael Ford, Boeing vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “Through scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements, and immersive opportunities at Boeing, we hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.”
“The support from Boeing is more than a gift,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO. “It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving HBCU students at Morgan State University.”
Boeing identified eight HBCUs that are home to top programs in engineering, business, and information technology. The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive “boot camp” programs that will introduce students to Boeing’s culture and career paths.
“Morgan is committed to excellence in education and the advancement of innovative research,” said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State. “Boeing’s investment in HBCUs like Morgan will go a long way to ensure that our students are prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow.”
Seven HBCUs in addition to Morgan State will benefit: Alabama A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, Spelman College, and Tuskegee University. The announcement builds on Boeing’s ongoing investment in HBCUs that includes South Carolina State University, Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University.
The partnership will also give other HBCU students and TMCF-member schools the opportunity to participate through special immersion opportunities held at Boeing facilities to learn about the Boeing culture and career paths.
To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to HBCUs. In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides programmatic, capacity building, public policy and advocacy support for its 47 member-schools and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them.
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community. TMCF-member schools include publicly supported historically black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions, which enroll nearly 80 percent of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity-building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization.
About The Boeing Company
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build a robust pipeline of diverse, early career talent. Boeing’s efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning and contributing to workforce and skills development.
Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
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Larry Jones, University PR
Thurgood Marshall College Fund