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Southwest Airlines Community

Championing Education by Supporting Students through Scholarships


At Southwest Airlines, we believe educated communities are empowered communities, and that every student should have the opportunity to follow their educational dreams. Through the Southwest Airlines Scholarship Program, launched last spring, our mission is to provide opportunities that help build a diverse talent pipeline, while inspiring future generations to find careers within the airline industry. To achieve this goal, the Program consists of two scholarships:


The Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarship which is an internal 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 new community-centric scholarship that underscores our commitment to building a diverse talent pipeline, and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion for future generations. 


We are thrilled to announce $110,000 has been awarded in scholarships to 17 students this year. To celebrate the recipients, we also surprised them with some fun Southwest gear and four roundtrip tickets to help them stay connected to the people and places that matter most in their lives throughout the school year. 





Congratulations to all of our 2021 Southwest Scholarship Program recipients – these students are going places! We are honored to be a small part of that journey and support their educational dreams through our Scholarship Program. 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.



Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarship:

  • Amber, Brigham Young University
  • Christian, University of Oklahoma
  • Fernando, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Sofia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sophia, University of Missouri – Kansas City



Southwest Airlines Scholarship:


  • Adrianna, Seattle University
  • Anika, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Erika, Fisk University
  • Grace, Emory University
  • Jalen, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • James, Southeastern University
  • Lydia, University of Oklahoma
  • Michal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Paul'Jacob, The University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Rufus, Morehouse College
  • Safwan, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Sukhman , San Jose State University

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