Meet This Year’s Boeing Scholars at Embry-Riddle

Boeing scholarships will help to increase the number of women, underrepresented minorities, military veterans and their dependents in the aviation industry

September 17, 2020 in Community

Thirteen outstanding high-school graduates will be heading off to college this fall with a little help from Boeing. The students are Boeing Scholars at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and are receiving scholarships from Boeing ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 annually for two years. The scholarships are supported by a $3 million endowment from Boeing and directed toward students interested in pursuing degrees in aeronautical science, aircraft maintenance and other fields at Embry-Riddle — the premier aviation and aerospace institution.

This is the second year of the scholarship program. Students are chosen based on exceptional academic achievement, being a member of an underrepresented population and demonstrated financial need. The scholarships fund a portion of each scholar’s annual tuition and are part of an ongoing effort to expand and diversify the aviation workforce.

“The Boeing Scholarship Program at Embry-Riddle will allow talented, underrepresented students, veterans and their dependents to earn degrees in aviation and embark on successful careers,” said Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler. “It is an honor to partner with Boeing to diversify the industry and enhance our aviation workforce.”

“Boeing is proud to once again partner with Embry-Riddle as we work to develop students for future careers in aviation,” said Cheri Carter, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “Through this unique scholarship program, our Boeing Scholars will have the tools required to do great things in the aerospace industry. We congratulate the second cohort of Boeing Scholars and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish – both at Embry-Riddle and in their future careers and beyond.”

Students chosen for this scholarship program are also offered benefits including trips to Boeing facilities, group projects, meet-and-greets with Boeing employees and interviews that can result in on-the-spot job and internship offers. Interns at both Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, campuses can become Boeing Student Ambassadors, who work closely with Career Services to help prepare students interested in working for Boeing and inform them of available opportunities ahead of fall recruiting. 

Boeing offers Embry-Riddle a number of other valuable programs for students, as well. The Boeing Career Mentoring Program, a highly selective initiative that matches 30-40 students per year with Embry-Riddle alumni who work at Boeing, is offered to all students at both residential campuses. The program includes career-preparation advice and regularly scheduled professional development workshops. Of 31 students who participated in 2019, eight were selected for full-time positions or internships. 

In March, when the Covid-19 pandemic first prompted shelter-in-place orders, Boeing organized a plan to transition those jobs online and began shipping company-issued computers to get the interns connected. The program is known for the real-world work experience it offers, as well as compensation and benefits.

Jodie Harmon, an undergraduate majoring in aviation business administration, said Boeing treats its interns “as valued employees who can innovate and change their current products and processes for the betterment of the company.”

“Be prepared to do a lot of research and reaching out,” said Rosseana Morales, a junior also majoring in aviation business administration. “Ask for ongoing feedback, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

In addition, Boeing participates in Embry-Riddle research activities, Boeing employees are represented on college industry advisory boards on campus, and the university takes part in an annual Boeing summit. Boeing has also donated funds to Career Services at both residential campuses to help produce Boeing Development Days, special speaking engagements and events that promote communication and leadership skill development to all students, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Meet the Class of 2020 Boeing Scholars at Embry-Riddle
All selected scholars are high-performing high-school students with exceptional grade point averages. The Boeing Scholars at Embry-Riddle will attend both of the university’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona.
Members of the Class of 2020 are listed as follows:

Somaralyz (Sam) Grullon of Laveen, Ariz., Cesar Chavez High School

Isabella Martinez of Aurora, Colo., Eaglecrest High School

Vernn Numa of Ocala, Fla., West Port High School
Coral Scotland of Miramar, Fla., Pembroke Pines Charter High School
GeQuan Thompson of Daytona Beach, Fla., Seabreeze High School

Amari Charles of Augusta, Ga., Cross Creek High School
Shemar Williams of Covington, Ga., Alcovy High School

Maya Benson of Columbia, S.C., Westwood High School
Maddox Morrison of Fort Mill, S.C., Indian Land High School
Ioannis (Yianni) Paraschos of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology

Gary Davis of San Antonio, Tex., Smithson Valley High School
Krysti Veals of McKinney, Tex., McKinney North High School

Bella Memeo of Spokane, Wash., Mead High School