Boeing Scholarships help Dreams take Flight
In April, the university proudly celebrated the 2017 cohort of UCI Boeing scholarship recipients
May 10, 2017
For over two decades, Boeing has donated generously to UCI in support of student scholarships and various research and outreach programs, including the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ Expressive Robotics camp, The Paul Merage School of Business’ LIFEvest program, the School of Physical Sciences’ Math CEO program and The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Design/Build/Fly team for the AIAA Foundation annual competition.
In April, executives from Boeing had the opportunity to hear from UCI leadership about the impact of their giving and meet with scholarship recipients during their annual meet and greet. One such recipient was Ryan Duong ’19, an undergraduate student majoring in business information management. The support given by Boeing has greatly impacted Duong’s experience at UCI. “Thanks to Boeing’s generosity, my college costs have been lowered drastically, allowing me to really focus on my education/professional growth in college rather than its costs,” Duong says.
Daryl Pelc, Boeing’s vice president of engineering and technology, reported that after celebrating their 100-year milestone last year, the company has entered one of the most exciting times in their history. Along with over 150 aerospace start-up companies in Orange County, Boeing is reinvigorating the industry with advances in multiple areas, such as unmanned or drone vehicles. As a result, he shared that there is a need for talented UCI students at Boeing, which is not only interested in recruiting engineers, but is also interested in candidates with creativity and business skills.
This was exciting news for the many students at the event, who were able to mingle with Boeing executives, the Southern California Boeing recruiter and two UCI alumnae employed by Boeing. Duong understands and shares this enthusiasm. “Boeing’s focus on big data is really exciting,” he says. “I am drawn to the intensity that Boeing puts into their work.”