The Embraer Foundation awards the NAHF $20,000

Monica Newman McCluney, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Embraer Foundation, presents the award to NAHF outgoing CEO Amy Spowart, and interim President and CEO Aimee Maruyama at the Embraer facility in Melbourne, FL.

DAYTON, Ohio – January 10, 2023 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that Embraer Foundation has awarded the NAHF with a grant to support their education and workforce development programs.

NAHF Interim President and CEO Aimee Maruyama said, “This commitment of $20,000 from Embraer will have a substantial impact on our work to ensure that young women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups will have exposure to the amazing world of aviation and aerospace. We believe that including the intentional engagement of these underrepresented groups in the design of our education programs to ignite curiosity is a critical part of the answer to building the aviation workforce of tomorrow.”

The grant provided by Embraer will provide the funding to support the NAHF’s 2023 Wings of Women (WOW) event and a new series of quarterly workforce development webinars for young people ages 8-17 that aim to open the doors of opportunity for careers in aviation.

The mentorship programs seek to provide hands-on activities, career inquiry, and creativity through formal and informal fun and engaging interactions. The programs aim to provide students from underrepresented groups the opportunity to meet and interact with women across the spectrum of fields in the aviation and aerospace industry. We want every participant to walk away with the inspiration to see themselves in the aviation and aerospace fields and with the resources to achieve such dreams.

“At Embraer, we use design, imaginative engineering, and technology as the principal tools to create new perspectives and arrive at solutions that bring excellence and performance to our clients and partners,” said Monica Newman McCluney, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Embraer Foundation. “This affords us the ability to partner with organizations that align with our values, like the NAHF. Together, we will inspire youth through programs that not only share the wonders of aviation but also help develop a high-performing and diverse talent pipeline.”

“We are beyond grateful to the Foundation,” said Maruyama. “With the generous support of the Embraer Foundation, the NAHF can continue to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of aerospace innovators and legends.”