FAA Awards $231,000 in Grants To Support STEM Outreach

Program aims to expand support to underrepresented students.

The funds are intended to inspire the next generation of aviators, the FAA said in a released statement. [Shutterstock]

The FAA has awarded more than a quarter million dollars in federal grants to universities to help underrepresented students pursue studies in aviation as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Announced Monday, the three grants, totaling $231,000, are intended to support STEM outreach for universities to provide drone-centered immersion programs, summer camps, after school programs, and community outreach efforts aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students. 

The funds are intended to inspire the next generation of aviators, the FAA said in a released statement. 

“If kids can dream it, they can do it,” said FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims in the release. 

The news comes as the aviation industry projects increasing global demand for highly trained workers, including pilots and technicians. 

The three schools receiving the STEM grants include:

  • North Carolina State University, $125,000
  • Kansas State University, $100,000
  • Sinclair Community College, $6,000

Initiatives in the grant program include the FAA Adopt-A-School Program, Airport Design Challenge, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academies, and the Youth in Aviation Task Force. 

In January, the FAA gave $5 million to support the education of a new generation of pilots through aviation classes and flight schools. 

Thom is a former senior editor for FLYING. Previously, his freelance reporting appeared in aviation industry magazines. Thom also spent three decades as a TV and digital journalist at CNN’s bureaus in Washington and Atlanta, eventually specializing in aviation. He has reported from air shows in Oshkosh, Farnborough and Paris. Follow Thom on Twitter @thompatterson.

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