Boeing, Clemson partner on initiative for men of color.

Boeing wants to inspire more Latino and Black men to enter the state's STEM and advanced manufacturing fields with the help of Clemson University.

The aerospace company announced its sponsorship of Clemson's 2021 Men of Color National Summit, support of Call Me Mister graduates through a workforce development program and a full STEM Tiger Alliance Scholarship today.

"The Boeing Co. is proud to partner with Clemson University to support young men of color on their journey to prepare for college and long-term success," Jennifer Lowe, vice president of national strategy and engagement for Boeing, said in a news release. "Clemson's academic excellence and national reach provide an opportunity to build on our commitment to advance racial equity and invest in the next generation of leaders."

Ted Colbert, executive vice president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, will speak at the summit, scheduled for Nov. 4-5 in Greenville, while the company will finance the attendance fee for 400 Tiger Alliance students and 100 students from South Carolina's Interstate-95 corridor. In addition, the investment establishes a STEM track for attendees.

The historically sold-out summit is centered around closing the opportunity gap for Black and Latino high school men and focuses on career and professional development; entrepreneurship; masculinity and personal identity; retention rates, graduation and student achievement; and social and community engagement, according to the release.

The new STEM Tiger Alliance Scholarship will cover the total cost of attendance for a Black or Latino male student pursuing a field in science, technology, engineering or mathematics over the course of four years. The first scholarship recipient, Alejandro Jaramill, graduated from Greenville's Legacy Early College High School in May 2021 and will be a student in the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences this fall.

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