12/19/2017: Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation Receives Key Grant from Spirit AeroSystems
Wichita, KS – The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation (KHEDF) has received a $15,000 grant from the Spirit AeroSystems Suppliers Charity Golf Classic. This generous grant will support the Kansas Hispanic Scholarship Program, as well as key educational and leadership initiatives provided by the KHEDF. Three students majoring in business or engineering will receive a two-year renewable scholarship in fall of 2018. The grant will also provide support for the KHEDF Hispanic Alumni Network, which provides networking and leadership opportunities for past KHEDF scholarship recipients, preparing them for the transition from college to career, and will assist KHEDF with its early phase of implementing two more initiatives focused on parent education and engaging middle school students.“This grant is so important to not only our continued success in providing educational and leadership opportunities, but in helping us look to the future and how we can help strengthen our community,” said Natalie Olmsted, executive director.The announcement was made on December 6 at the 2017 Suppliers Golf Charity Classic Grant Allocation Reception.

From left to right: Tom Gentile, Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO; Irma Luna, KHEDF Program Director; Natalie Olmsted, KHEDF Executive Director; Ron Rabe, Spirit AeroSystems Sr. Vice President of Fabrication and Supply Chain; and Angel Crespo, Spirit AeroSystems Director of Operations Boeing 737 Sections.

About Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation

The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation (KHEDF) was founded in 2007 by leaders of the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of creating an educated workforce and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. The mission of the KHEDF is to serve Kansas Hispanic students and professionals by providing opportunities for education and leadership development. More than a scholarship program, the KHEDF provides students with college readiness and retention programs, plus leadership and professional development.  

About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world’s premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers

KHEDF scholarship recipients are required to submit the following forms to receive their scholarship funds:

1) Enrollment Verification Form

Scholarship recipients are required to submit an Enrollment Verification Form each semester to verify enrollment and grades. The form must be typed.

Enrollment Verification Form>>


Please join us and meet our new Executive Director, Natalie Olmsted. We look forward to making connections and hearing your stories.
The Kansas Leadership Center is partnering with KHEDF to offer internships to KHEDF scholarship recipients.The internships are part-time unpaid (10-20 hours), and the hours are flexible. Applicants will need to submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.
Interns will be assigned meaningful tasks and projects and will be able to build a valuable experience making them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation.  Each intern will receive a free one year subscription to the Your Leadership Edge online portal and access to additional training at KLC free of charge.
To apply contact Irma Luna at irma.luna@cox.net or 259-2532.
KHEDF remains steadfast in our support for those directly impacted by this Administration’s recent decision to repeal DACA.

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Establishing a Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation scholarship can be a way to recognize your organization, honor a mentor or a loved one. You can create a new scholarship or contribute to an existing fund.
Whether you fund it yourself or gather friends, family, co-workers or your employees together, a scholarship will allow you to make a meaningful difference in the life of a Hispanic high school senior.