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August 9, 2019
at 4:08 pm

Jasper Pena


Championing Our Communities

“Southwest invests in the leaders of tomorrow through our grant program.”

“Southwest Airlines is supporting the communities where our Customers and Employees live and work. In 2018, we launched a $1 million charitable grant program to support nonprofits that are making a difference in our communities. After receiving applications from more than 300 organizations across the country, we selected 24 nonprofits to receive grant funding, with amounts ranging from $25,000 to $50,000. Recipient organizations are dedicated to issues that are important to Southwest: promoting K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, building a resilient workforce, and developing the next generation of leaders.

Supporting these organizations not only helps build stronger communities but also sets up future generations for success. The focus of each grant is to ensure students have access to programs that allow them to pursue their passions in STEM and to empower diverse professionals to reach their full potential. Recipient organizations were provided with the opportunity to expand their existing programming, grow their reach, and increase their impact. By backing organizations that help people cultivate essential skill sets, our gran} program aims to develop the workforce of tomorrow and establish a strong employee pipeline for the future.

One grant recipient was SciTech Institute, which used the charitable grant to grow its student-focused Chief Science Officer program. “With these funds, we can focus on expanding the project and connecting with our program partners to grow their visibility internationally and nationally,” Executive Director Jeremy Babendure says.

We’re thrilled to join these 24 outstanding organizations in their efforts to make a difference in the communities we serve because we believe community is more than just a place—it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. To learn more about these organizations and the work they’re doing, visit”

—Courtney Miller, Communications & Outreach

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