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Helping Students Soar in the New Year: Applications Now Open for Southwest Airlines Scholarships


At Southwest Airlines, championing educational attainment for all continues to be a foundational principle that drives our work across the communities we serve.


We are thrilled to kick off the New Year by launching applications for the 2022 Southwest Airlines Scholarship Program. This program continues our focus on providing equitable education opportunities to students by ensuring possible barriers such as finances or race are not a factor in a student’s ability to realize their academic dreams.  


In advancement of our Companywide DEI goals and objectives, the Southwest Airlines Scholarship Program provides opportunities that help build a diverse talent pipeline, while inspiring future generations to consider careers within the airline industry by awarding financial assistance to support diverse educational pathways of deserving students.


The program consists of two scholarship opportunities:


  • The Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarship is an internal-only scholarship that honors our Founder and its namesake by providing financial assistance to Employee dependents striving to pursue higher education. 


  • The Southwest Airlines® Scholarship is a community-centric scholarship that underscores our commitment to building a diverse talent pipeline, and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion for future generations. 


Applications are open now through March 18, 2022. We encourage you and potential applicants to visit to review the criteria and eligibility guidelines and apply today!


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Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place—it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. We know supporting education access for all yields a positive and lasting impact, and we’re looking forward to helping the next generation of students soar.