Southwest Airlines today furthered its commitment to empowering communities it serves by launching the Southwest Airlines Scholarship. As the carrier celebrates its 50th anniversary, the airline is highlighting the importance of education through its new scholarship, which provides financial support to students seeking higher education degrees and certificates with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in the aviation industry.
The Southwest Scholarship is open to the public and students can begin submitting their applications beginning April 1, 2021. Details about eligibility, the application process, and more can be viewed by visiting swa.is/scholarships. This public scholarship program joins the previously established Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarships, which were set up 40 years ago for eligible dependents of Southwest Airlines Employees to pursue higher education.
“With these scholarship opportunities, we’re encouraging students nationwide to soar to new heights through learning,” said Bob Jordan, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. “Through our numerous education-focused initiatives, we’ve seen the positive impact these programs can have on students from elementary school to higher education and into their careers At Southwest, we believe educated communities are empowered communities.”
Funds supporting the Southwest Airlines Scholarship and The Hebert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarships come from the Southwest Airlines Scholarship Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a corporate-advised fund.
From its Adopt-A-Pilot program to celebrating its ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program, Southwest helps lead the industry in its work to improve access to education by supporting a wide-variety of educational programs that aim to aid and inspire students to soar to new heights through learning.