Thanks to Boeing’s investment as a foundational partner to the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, seven students earned scholarships to fund their graduate education in computer science and engineering.

The inaugural cohort of Boeing Graduate Scholars, all based in Northern Virginia, bring an array of educational backgrounds, underscoring Virginia Tech’s goal of creating a diverse graduate technology campus in Alexandria.

In May, Boeing announced a $50 million, multiyear commitment to help jump-start Virginia Tech’s work to launch the Innovation Campus, which is expected to open its first building in the fall of 2024. Right now, its classes are held in Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church.

Boeing’s commitment includes funding student scholarships, fostering recruitment of world class faculty and researchers, and funding STEM pathways programs for underserved K-12 students. The company also is committed to supporting diversity and diverse talent.

The Boeing Graduate Scholars’ interests range from interactive design and ethics in technology to artificial intelligence and cyber security.

“These exceptional students represent our commitment to excellence in diversity and education,” said Lance Collins, vice president and executive director of the Innovation Campus. “Boeing’s partnership is integral to our work to build the Innovation Campus into a world class graduate institution for students of all backgrounds and experience levels. We want our students to make a significant impact on the world.”

Boeing is the first foundational partner of the Innovation Campus. Its investment, the largest in university history, continues a relationship between the aerospace company and Virginia Tech that spans more than 70 years.

A groundbreaking ceremony, set for Sept. 14, will mark the start of construction for the first Innovation Campus academic building.

These seven scholars working toward master’s degrees in computer engineering and computer science are part of the second class of graduate students enrolled through the Innovation Campus. Their scholarships cover full tuition.

Meet our Boeing Graduate Scholars.