United Airlines pledges $1.25mil to school aviation and STEM programs

Students receive a tour of a United Airlines aircraft.
Photo Credit: United Airlines

As the back-to-school season approaches, United Airlines is taking a proactive stance in aiding families and educators in coping with the escalating costs of classroom supplies and essential materials.

United Airlines is set to make a substantial contribution of $1.25 million to DonorsChoose.Org. This generous donation aims to fuel projects centered around aviation and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The initiative is planned to take place across classrooms situated in United’s seven prominent Hub markets, which encompass cities such as Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Hawaii.

Cultivating Inspiration via Classroom Funding


United Airlines’ commitment to empowering educators and students resonates deeply. The company’s financial backing will facilitate aviation and STEM-related endeavors that drive innovation and curiosity within classrooms.

The utilization of model planes to explain the intricacies of flight dynamics or arranging immersive field trips to witness simulators is intended to equip teachers with the necessary tools to spark the enthusiasm of the next generation of aviators.

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Josh Earnest, Senior Vice President, and Chief Communications Officer at United Airlines, expressed his pride in the collaboration with DonorsChoose:

“We’re proud to team up with DonorsChoose to support teachers who are doing incredible work and changing the lives of students around the country.”

2 United Airlines Boeings land on parallel runways at San Francisco.
Bill Abbott, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

United Airlines Contribution


The substantial financial commitment made by United will specifically fund ongoing aviation classroom initiatives featured on DonorsChoose.org. Moreover, the surplus funds will be allocated towards a forthcoming matching campaign, spanning the upcoming months.

This campaign seeks to elevate and support an array of aviation and STEM-focused projects, amplifying the educational impact across diverse classrooms.

Teachers within the selected cities can actively contribute to this endeavor by submitting projects for consideration.

By visiting donorschoose.org/teachers, educators can navigate the submission process and be part of a transformative movement in education.

Empowering Education via DonorsChoose.Org


Founded by a dedicated public high school teacher in the Bronx, New York, in the year 2000, DonorsChoose.Org plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between the public and teachers in need.

The platform serves as a conduit through which teachers can secure financial support for school supplies and program expenses, directly enhancing the educational experience for their students.

The integrity of each project is upheld through a meticulous process undertaken by DonorsChoose. Every request is meticulously vetted, each item is procured, and the materials are dispatched directly to verified teachers.

This meticulous approach ensures the effective utilization of funds and fosters a transparent, efficient cycle of giving.

Pioneering the Journey to Future Success


Alix Guerrier, CEO of DonorsChoose, aptly encapsulates the essence of United Airlines’ impactful initiative: “United Airlines is helping classrooms launch into the new school year, with resources that will help aviation and STEM students thrive.”

The collaboration between United Airlines and DonorsChoose sets the stage for nurturing the aspirations of young minds, propelling them towards becoming the scientists, aviators, and engineers of tomorrow.

With a global workforce of nearly 100,000 individuals, United Airlines offers an array of career prospects within the STEM realm. Opportunities range from piloting to aviation maintenance, flight dispatching, and network planning.

As the world’s largest airline, as measured by available seat miles, United Airlines is embarking on a transformative growth journey, with plans to introduce 700 new aircraft over the next decade and an ambitious goal of hiring 15,000 employees this year alone.

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