Monday, June 11, 2007

US Airways Seeks Grant Applicants

TEMPE, Ariz. — The US Airways Education Foundation announced it has begun accepting applications for its 2007 Community Education Grant Program. The nonprofit Education Foundation, governed by a group of educators, community leaders and US Airways employees, will award grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations located in the markets served by the airline.

Eligibility includes educational programs that respond to the special needs of disadvantaged or disabled individuals, teach or enhance social responsibility, facilitate parental and/or community involvement, and enhance academic achievement. Interested nonprofit organizations should visit US Airways Education Foundation guidelines. The application deadline is Wed., August 1, 2007 and awards will be distributed in October.

Recent award benefactors include the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., Briggs De Laine Cultural Center of Summerton, S.C. and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.

Since the Education Foundation's inception in 1990, more than $1.75 million in grants (and college scholarships to dependents of US Airways employees) have been awarded. Funding sources include contributions from US Airways employees, fund raising events, and private donations.

US Airways, which is the fifth largest domestic airline in the world, has done a fine job at developing a program that reaches out to all 240 of its service areas. Sometimes it makes sense to focus funds toward a few key organizations, but in this case it seems to make sense to diversify funding to as many markets as possible, given that the company's employees reside in each of these markets.

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