At Raytheon, our commitment is to empower today's veterans through continuing education while inspiring tomorrow's professionals to develop and sustain an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We're supporting a generation of professionals who understand the importance of leadership, discipline and perseverance — while working to inspire their children to become tomorrow's drivers of technology and innovation.
To further this mission, Raytheon has initiated $10 million in multi-year partnerships with two organizations that are helping military families succeed:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is an important presence in the life of a military child, with a BGCA-affiliated youth center on nearly every U.S. military installation and in communities with a strong military representation. The $5 million commitment from Raytheon provides enhanced technology centers and support for after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to children of military families.
Student Veterans of America is the world's largest network of student veteran groups with nearly 1,300 chapters in all 50 states and four countries, offering a peer support network that is critical to a veteran's successful transition to academic life. Raytheon’s $5 million partnership provides resources, support, and advocacy — empowering student veterans to reach their higher education and career goals, particularly in high-demand fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Providing Paths to Higher Education
Raytheon funds vital research on student veterans and helps mentor individual students. Our scholarships help them earn college degrees that are of high value in the job market.
The Raytheon/SVA scholarships support veterans from all services who are studying cybersecurity and engineering. The Raytheon Patriot™ Scholarship — named after our Patriot Air and Missile Defense System — aids Army student veterans who are pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees and demonstrate leadership in their local communities.
Training Helps Veterans Shift Gears
In addition to college, Raytheon supports other paths to success for veterans. The company launched the Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training with two key customers, the U.S. Army and General Motors®. The innovative, multi-year initiative trains soldiers for civilian jobs as GM-certified automotive technicians.
The Automotive Training Managers Council has awarded Raytheon Professional Services and GM its National Excellence in Training Award for this innovative approach to technical training development and delivery.
In Support of Our Military Youth
Nearly 2 million American children have a parent serving in the military, and these youngsters face special challenges growing up. On average, military children move 6 to 9 times before they graduate from high school. About 70 percent of all military families live in civilian communities away from critical health, academic, and social services provided on-installation.
With our support, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is expanding and focusing specifically on military youth to encourage interest in STEM disciplines and careers. Raytheon's partnership will serve a significant population of military youth and provide life-changing learning opportunities for building 21st-century skills in the United States and around the world.
In 2014 the Boys & Girls Clubs of America awarded Raytheon a Corporate Philanthropy Award for its outstanding support of these programs.
Our employees are passionate about supporting armed services members. They participate in a wide range of fundraisers and events, from Soldier Ride ® Boston to Operation Neptune outdoor events and the Side by Side golf tournament. They also build Raytheon corporate donations through the Fund in Support of Our Troops initiatives. That fund aids:
- Air Force Aid Society
- American Red Cross® Armed Forces Emergency Services
- Army Emergency Relief Fund
- Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Organization
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- Special Operations Warrior Foundation
- USO® — United Service Organizations
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation®
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