Daimler Vans Scholars Program to Advance Supply Chain Management and Finance Students

With the finance major heading into its second year and the new supply chain and information management program beginning this fall, the number of students who are excited about job prospects in these fields is increasing.

Industry leaders like Marco Wirtz, president and CEO of Daimler Vans Manufacturing, see the value of these two programs and how investing in our students can enhance the educational experience offered at the College of Charleston and benefit our region’s high-growth economy.

In April, Daimler Vans Manufacturing LLC. created the Daimler Vans Scholars Program with a $163,000 pledge to help support highly motivated students who are preparing for careers in supply chain management or finance. Wirtz, a member of the School of Business Board of Governors, was instrumental in designing the program and advocating for Daimler’s generous commitment.

“I see the College of Charleston School of Business as a valuable source of talent to join Daimler Vans Manufacturing, particularly in the areas of supply chain management and finance,” says Wirtz.  “The faculty is closely aligned with the business community and has designed the academic programs to be rigorous and relevant to the needs of the job market.”

Rising junior, Blair Healey was inspired by Dr. Marvin Gonzales to learn more about supply chain management in a decision sciences class when he connected the power of data on driving business decisions and efficiency, especially in manufacturing environments. Healy’s experience learning about supply chain management and its importance in industry has motivated him to focus the next two years studying in the discipline.  He was selected by Joshua Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management and associate professor, as one of two inaugural Daimler Vans Scholars.  Each recipient will receive a prestigious scholarship during their junior and senior years and will also be offered unique opportunities to meet DVM leadership and be exposed to the company.

“The Daimler Vans scholarship will lead directly to advancement in my career. It will lighten the financial burden of college and enable me to focus more whole-heartedly on my education in supply chain management,” says Healey.  “As a Daimler Vans Scholar, I also have invaluable connections into the manufacturing industry, such as Marco Wirtz, to give me more comprehensive knowledge in a competitive field.”

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