Humanitarian Scholarship Offered for Logistics Study

Award from Georgia Tech's Master's in International Logistics program targets practitioners from non-profit sector

Award from Georgia Tech's Master's in International Logistics program targets practitioners from non-profit sector

Atlanta — November 4, 2004 — The Georgia Institute of Technology's Executive Master's in International Logistics (EMIL) program is offering the EMIL Humanitarian Scholarship to one incoming participant from a non-profit organization.

The $20,000 scholarship will be awarded on March 7, 2005, to a professional employed by a non-profit organization that offers humanitarian services on a local, national or international basis. The scholarship will be applied towards EMIL tuition for the class starting May 2005.

"The successful candidate will have demonstrated career success, possess a clear potential for leadership and a desire to fully participate in EMIL's intense educational experience," according to an announcement of the award.

"Humanitarian organizations often have unique and complex supply chains, and in crisis situations peoples' lives often depend on their efficiency," said Dr. John Vande Vate, EMIL executive director. "By offering the EMIL Humanitarian Scholarship, Georgia Tech looks to provide humanitarian organizations with access to the latest in supply chain training and methodology."

EMIL said it works to help corporations reduce global logistics costs and improve efficiencies by grooming their supply chain executives. EMIL sponsor organizations learn to develop supply chain management as a core competency, continuously increase their efficiencies, move from a regional to global strategy and groom their "rising stars" by broadening their supply chain and business perspectives, according to the program.

"Since beginning the EMIL program, I have learned many supply chain strategies and best practices that have helped me to more efficiently perform my job responsibilities," said 2003 humanitarian scholarship winner Heidi Cerrud, procurement officer at the regional logistics unit of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Panama. "Over time, I am confident that my organization will implement many recommendations that I have made as a result of the work I completed during my tenure at EMIL."

Scholarship applications must be submitted electronically through by 5 p.m. EST on February 11, 2005. All standard EMIL application material must be submitted by that same deadline. Phone interviews with top scholarship candidates will be conducted February 24 - March 6, and the scholarship award will be announced March 7.