Boeing Invests in Scholarships for Pilot Training to Diversify Talent

Boeing invests $950,000 in pilot training scholarships to diversify talent in commercial aviation.

Boeing leaders present a check to Fly Compton. Funds will go toward flight training classes offered to underserved students in LA’s Compton community
Photo/ Fly Compton

Boeing announced it is investing $950,000 in scholarships for pilot training to grow and diversify the talent required to meet significant long-term demand for commercial aeroplane pilots.

The company is donating $500,000 to fund 25 scholarships with five aviation organizations committed to developing future pilots, including: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Latino Pilots Association, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Sisters of the Skies, and Women in Aviation International.

Boeing is also donating $450,000 to Fly Compton, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that introduces minority youth to career opportunities in aerospace.


“The demand for qualified and diverse pilots remains high at airlines worldwide. While becoming a pilot provides a lifelong career, access to training remains a barrier to entry for many.”

Ziad Ojakli, Executive VP of Government Operations at Boeing.

According to Boeing’s 2023 CMO, the long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong. The company projects 602,000 new pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years.