American Airlines Education Foundation Makes Higher Education More Affordable for Children of Team Members


In its largest donation ever, the foundation awards more than $1.2 million in scholarship funds

452 students in eight countries received a scholarship from the American Airlines Education Foundation.
107 scholarship winners are first-generation college students.
FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Airlines Education Foundation is easing the cost of higher education for 452 students who are dependents of the airline’s team members. In its largest donation to date, the Education Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarship funds for the 2022–2023 school year.

Each recipient received a $2,500 scholarship, and 107 first-generation college students each received an additional award of $1,000. Scholarships fund full-time, undergraduate study at any accredited college, university or vocational program worldwide.

“From future medical professionals, to artists, engineers, aviators and more, these students are already trailblazing a path to success and doing great things in their communities,” said Ron DeFeo, American’s Chief Communications Officer. “Every year, we are astounded by the breadth of talent and aspiration in the applicants, and we are especially proud to invest in our team members and their children, who are an extension of our American Airlines family.”

Recipients of this round of scholarships live in eight countries across the world: United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. They are dependents of team members employed by American and its wholly owned carriers Envoy, PSA and Piedmont.

Approximately 1,100 students applied for an Education Foundation scholarship this year. Applicants are evaluated through a competitive application process based on academic achievement, community service, extra-curricular activities and financial need.

The application window for the 2023–2024 academic year will open in January. For more information about the Education Foundation scholarship, visit To learn more about the ways American Airlines is giving back to the communities it serves, please visit
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