As the carrier celebrates its 50th anniversary, the airline is highlighting the importance of education through its new scholarship, which provides financial support to students seeking higher education degrees and certificates with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in the aviation industry.

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Southwest Airlines Scholarship is available to students planning to enroll or currently enrolled in an accredited vocational, community/junior college, or undergraduate program and pursuing a degree or post-secondary certificate.

Southwest Airlines Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of Awards: Up to 20

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Demonstrate career interest in the airline industry through one or more of the following:
    • Acceptance into a degree program, major, or trade specialty that prepares for careers within the airline industry (including but not limited to: frontline operations, customer service and hospitality, aircraft maintenance, dispatch, engineering, flight operations; as well as corporate positions such as finance, technology, human resources, marketing, sales, and communications.)
    • Demonstrated vocational interest or personal aspirations in the airline industry through an internship, work, or extracurricular experiences.
  • Age must be 24 or younger at the time the applications are due.
  • Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university in a vocational, 2-year, or 4-year program in the upcoming fall or spring semester.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement or growth and leadership qualities through extracurricular activities.
  • Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA (if currently enrolled in classes).
  • Scholarships may be applied only to tuition, on-campus room and board, books, and costs related to an institution’s cost of attendance. Students who receive full scholarships (covering the cost of tuition and books) during the year from any other source(s) are not eligible.
  • Special consideration is given to applicants who identify as black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), are first-generation college students and are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Additional details about the program including eligibility guidelines and the online application can be found here.