Air Products employee Harold Allen has been honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) as one of “42 Under 40” Distinguished Alumni.

A site supervisor at Air Products’ hydrogen facility in Martinez, California, Allen was recognised among an elite group for his exemplary contributions in both the workplace and the community. JRF, which has an alumni of over 1,400 scholars, formally recognised the group at the opening reception of the Foundation’s annual alumni reunion held last week in New York City.

The recognition honors Allen’s commitment to providing opportunities for young diverse students to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams. He currently serves as the chair of the Foundation’s Pacific Northwest region Scholars Advisory Committee, a role he refers to as “easily one of the most meaningful volunteer projects I have ever supported.”

Allen feels the opportunity to give back to the Foundation and to support each new class of scholars as they chart their own courses has had great impact on his life.

“Harold’s commitment to giving back is exemplary and a true reflection of the Air Products culture,” says Richard Boocock, vice president, Global Operations and a member of Air Products’ Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

“As a long-time supporter of the JRF, Air Products believes that providing education opportunities and successful role models through organisations like this are key to building a diverse talent pipeline not only for our company, but for Corporate America as well.”

JRF scholarships are given to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Allen earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University in 2004. He subsequently joined Air Products as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program, where he gained broad experience in the areas of engineering, sales, and operations. Prior to joining the company, Allen participated in Air Products’ Co-Op/Summer Internship Program.