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US Airways Awards More Than $250,000 In College Scholarships

Thursday, May 24, 2012

US Airways Awards More Than $250,000 In College Scholarships14:00 EDT Thursday, May 24, 2012Recipients include daughters and sons of mechanics, flight attendants, pilots, ramp agents, customer service agents, engineers and corporate staffTEMPE, Ariz., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, 101 students were notified that they were recipients of more than $250,000 in scholarships from the US Airways (NYSE: LCC) Education Foundation. The foundation awards college scholarships to children of US Airways employees. More than 400 students applied for the $2,500 US Airways Education Foundation scholarships and a committee comprised of educators and community leaders carefully reviewed each application. Applicants were scored on academic achievement, leadership, awards and honors, community service and volunteerism, work commitment, financial need and memberships or affiliations. The committee also reviewed applicants' essays and letters of recommendation.(Logo: "One of the best ways we can serve our employees and our communities is to support the continuing education of tomorrow's leaders. Like their parents who work as US Airways' crewmembers, mechanics, customer service representatives and fleet representatives, to name a few of the workgroups who have dependents receiving scholarships for the upcoming school year, we, too, are extremely proud of this year's recipients," said Elise Eberwein, executive vice president of People, Communications and Public Affairs for US Airways. Recipients of the 2012 US Airways Education Foundation scholarship will be attending universities all across the country, and include:39 students from the Charlotte, N.C. area, 30 recipients from Phoenix, Seven students from Philadelphia and Four recipients from Washington, D.C. These four cities serve as the airline's hubs and focus city, where the majority of employees live and work. Another 21 students who reside in 18 different cities across US Airways' network also received scholarships. In addition, 38 of the 2012 recipients are repeat recipients. The students receiving college scholarships have an average cumulative G.P.A. of 3.8 and their varied accomplishments include award-winning musicians, class valedictorians, All-State athletes and community volunteers. Many non-profit organizations benefitted from the talents of these recipients. Among them were Big Brothers and Big Sisters helping mentor at-risk youth in their communities, Special Olympics assisting disabled athletes and numerous efforts to raise awareness of various cancers through fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Since 1992, the US Airways Education Foundation has awarded nearly $3.3 million in scholarships to dependents of US Airways employees as well as grants to nonprofit organizations that support children's educational programs. The Foundation is funded entirely by fundraising events and donations. About US AirwaysUS Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 20,500 daily flights to 1,293 airports in 190 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at (LCCG)-Fly with US-SOURCE US AirwaysFor further information: US Airways Media Relations, +1-480-693-5729