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Future Thrust Awards 2024

Prepare for an unforgettable night of inspiration and celebration as we gather for the annual Future Thrust Awards.

Saturday, December 7, 2024
5:30 pm
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth St
Renton, WA 98056

Join us as we pay tribute to exceptional individuals who have dedicated themselves to serving others and offering a hand-up to the generations that follow. These remarkable honorees demonstrate a profound affinity for youth programs, education, and career development. Their contributions have transformed lives and opened doors to brighter futures.

Our Honorees of 2024


Walt Braithwaite Award

for Propelling Careers


Leroy Roberts, Jr. Award

for Propelling Education


Les Morris Award

for Propelling Youth Program

The Future Thrust Awards are designed to honor individuals for outstanding service to others. The focus is on those that offer a hand-up to the generations that follow them. Future Thrust Awards recognize people that demonstrate an affinity for youth programs, education and career development.

The Future Thrust Award honorees are celebrated annually and presented by the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club, which is charted by Black Pilots of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. This fundraising social event supports the RTH Youth Program and the BPA “Les Morris” Summer Flight Academy.


Les Morris Award for Propelling Youth Programs. This Future Thrust Award venerates folks for creating or contributing to youth organization programming with a STEM focus. This service may manifest itself in mentoring, tutoring, the development of inspirational activities, or effective leadership of volunteers.

Leroy Roberts Award for Propelling Education. This Future Thrust Award honors persons who assist and empower youth in STEM education. This service may manifest itself in the transfer of knowledge, the provision of college funds, or the development of cutting edge curriculum.

Walt Braithwaite Award for Propelling Careers. This Future Thrust Award honors individuals who are involved in career development. This service may manifest itself in career mentoring, technical coaching, professional organization leadership, or influencing business hiring practices in STEM related industries.

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