PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23, 2001 -- The Boeing Company Charitable Trust has contributed scholarships for deserving women and minority students studying engineering, other technical disciplines and business management at major universities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. This is in addition to the overall scholarships provided by The Boeing Company and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
The University of Maryland at College Park, Md., received a $14,500 contribution, and Pennsylvania State University at State College, Pa., received $12,000 for academic scholarships this year. The contributions are one-time, unsolicited gifts to colleges and universities with excellent graduation rates for minorities and women in engineering and related disciplines or to improve diversity outreach programs.
"Boeing support for higher education is an essential part of good corporate citizenship," said Roger Krone, vice president and general manager, Boeing Army Programs and Military Rotorcraft. "We work with colleges and universities that operate exceptional engineering, technical and management programs in part because The Boeing Company benefits from the talent and energy of their graduates who join our team. We provide support also because these higher education institutions will produce the next generation of leaders who will shape our national and global industries, economies and governments.
"It is especially important for Boeing to concentrate on higher education support for women and minorities," Krone continued. "Our company is committed to diversity. In keeping with this commitment, we will capitalize on the potential capabilities of the widest possible group of employees. As a global enterprise, Boeing must rely on a global work force."
Last year, Boeing and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust contributed more than $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world, as measured by total revenues. Boeing is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, and it is NASA's largest contractor. The Boeing Company employs more than 198,000 people worldwide.
In Philadelphia and in Mesa, Ariz., Boeing develops and produces military rotorcraft for U.S. and international armed forces. Among its products are the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter, CH-47 Chinook, the RAH-66 Comanche armed reconnaissance helicopter and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.