Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is supporting the development of Caribbean students by providing opportunities to participate in an upcoming Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship program through a partnership with the Barbados Association of Atlanta Scholarship Committee, the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI-SE) and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“It is important to foster the region’s economic development and one of the ways to achieve this is by supporting the education of talented youth. It is exciting to co-host a conversation with distinguished panelists from MIT and Harvard who will present their experiences of three years of work with a Diaspora-supported model of STEM Education for High School students in the Caribbean,” said Maria Fernanda Price, Delta’s general manager for the Caribbean. “In 2015 Delta will help to provide a selected group of students the opportunity to participate in a life-changing educational experience in Barbados.”
The Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering is an intensive, four-week residential summer program in Barbados for gifted Caribbean high-school students, and draws from the top scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the region. The program is designed to nurture and support these youths’ natural talent and encourage them to stay in STEM disciplines.
The 2015 edition of the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering was presented at a conference in Atlanta hosted by the Barbados Association of Atlanta, the Caribbean Science Foundation, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Delta on November 22. That same day, an Independence & Scholarship Award Gala was held in Atlanta, celebrating 48 years of Barbados’ independence and enjoying the attendance of representatives from the aforementioned organizations, as well as the Barbados´ Honorable Consul Dr. Edward A. Layne and Vice Consul David D.Cutting.
Amongst the panelists presented were Prof. Cardinal Warde of the MIT and Monica Silenzi, project coordinator, National Directorate for International Relations in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production (MINCYT) Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Delta’s participation in this educational program is part of its commitment to be an integral part of the life of the communities we serve and to be a catalyst for growth in the region. Starting Dec. 4, Delta will launch its new nonstop routes from its international hubs in JFK-New York and Atlanta to Sir Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is working to become the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its achievements have been recognized with two top distinctions by Latin Trade’s Best of Travel Annual Awards 2014, leading the categories of “Most Improvement Overall” and “Best Partnerships and Alliances”, and being the only U.S. airline in this year’s rankings. Delta was also recognized with the Best Airline to North America award by Prêmio Destaque Companhia de Viagem, by Grupo Companhia. Delta continues to grow in Latin America through its long-term exclusive alliances with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Aeroméxico and Aerolíneas Argentinas, and is committed to building a solid regional footprint thus enhancing its global network and offering a better overall experience for its customers. Delta provides service to 29 countries and 48 destinations in the region offering over 1,400 weekly flights between Latin America/Caribbean and the U.S. Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta´s dedicated Brazil Facebook page, visiting http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 318 destinations in 58 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.