Boeing recruits heavily from WSU, particularly in the fields of engineering, finance and supply chain management. The company’s investment in WSU has included efforts such as Boeing e-Connections, a scholarship program that provides freshmen and sophomores with an introduction to entrepreneurship programming and a community of support. Additionally, the Boeing Scholars Program provides students with two-year scholarships as well as internship opportunities between their junior and senior years. During their senior year, students studying engineering, science, strategic communication, and business participate in an interdisciplinary course, collaborating with Boeing scientists and engineers on a real-life aerospace industry project. The program brings disparate groups together, simulating the engineering work environment. Further support of students occurs through the Boeing Mentorship program which pairs Boeing executives with students from the Carson College of Business and Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture programs in Everett, Bremerton, and Vancouver.
In recognition of a generous gift of $250,000 and The Boeing Company’s long-standing support for the University, the Fabrication Lab on the first floor of the new WSU Everett campus was named The Boeing Innovation Studio.
Boeing has also been a strong supporter of WSU faculty-led research. Recently, Boeing invested in WSU and the Washington Stormwater Center, located in Puyallup, to develop more durable and effective permeable pavement, made of recycled carbon fiber composite material used by Boeing. This is proving itself as potentially an important tool in addressing the number one source of pollution in Puget Sound, untreated stormwater.