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Boeing provides scholarships for 7 CofC students

At the College, opportunities to soar to new heights are everywhere – especially if you’re one of the seven students who multinational aircraft company Boeing has taken under its wing.

Boeing has awarded scholarships to two students in the School of Business and five students in the School of Sciences and Mathematics – all of whom show excellent leadership and communication skills and strong interests in careers in aerospace.

“Boeing’s strategic investment in the Boeing Scholarship program helps the College recruit the best and brightest students who want careers in the aerospace industry,” says Denise Ciccarelli, director of corporate and foundation relations in the College’s Division of Institutional Advancement. “We are so grateful to Boeing for their commitment to engaging and inspiring our students.”

The Boeing Scholars are encouraged to pursue internships with Boeing and are given an exclusive tour of the facility and a dinner with the company’s top executives.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to practice business etiquette, so it helps them step up their game and present themselves in a professional manner,” says Erin Simmons, student engagement coordinator for the School of Business. “It really allows them to stretch and grow in terms of their careers and their futures and to broaden their horizons.”

“This scholarship will enable me to reach for so much, personally and academically,” agrees junior Tyler Perini, a mathematics major. “Companies like Boeing are waiting, holding potential for students like me in the math department, and it is an amazing opportunity to look our possible futures in the face.”

And that’s the goal: to prepare these scholars for takeoff and launch their careers in the aerospace industry. So far, it looks like they’re in for a smooth landing.

“This scholarship means a lot to me,” says junior finance major Jason Cohen, a former aircraft mechanic for the U.S. Marine Corps. “It is validation of the hard work that I have put into my academics, it gives me a step up on my classmates and it’s an opportunity to get my foot in the door at an amazing worldwide corporation.”

Indeed – thanks to Boeing – once these scholars spread their wings, the sky is the limit.

For more information about your company or organization can make a difference in the lives of students, contact Denise Ciccarelli at or visit the Corporate and Foundation Relations website.

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