Delta’s Supply Chain Management division has partnered with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to establish a merit-based memorial scholarship program in memory of Delta employee Tiffany Jackson-Pugh.
Supply Chain Management will award two $3,500 memorial scholarships annually through the 2019-20 academic year to CAU graduate students in the supply chain, engineering or business disciplines for a total of $35,000 over the five-year period. The competitive award is based upon students’ academic record and demonstrated financial need.
Jackson-Pugh earned her B.B.A. degree in logistics, materials and supply chain management from CAU in 2006, the year she joined Delta. She served in positions of increasing responsibility within the Supply Chain Management department.
“We are honored to partner with Clark Atlanta University in establishing this scholarship award program as a tribute to Tiffany’s professionalism, integrity and compassion for others,” said Greg May, Senior Vice President – Fleet and Supply Chain Management. “Her work ethic represented Delta’s commitment to being thoughtful, innovative and reliable. We know that her acumen and preparation was, in large part, attributed to the education she received in Clark Atlanta University’s Decision Sciences and Supply Chain Management Program.”
CAU MBA candidates Bradley Gilbeaux and Evony Smith are the inaugural scholarship recipients. Gilbeaux will complete his MBA with a concentration in supply chain management from CAU in May 2016. Smith is slated to complete her MBA with a concentration in supply chain management in 2017.
“I am very appreciative and honored,” Smith said. “This is a wonderful example of a company giving back to the community. It’s also a special way to keep Tiffany’s legacy alive.”
CAU President Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., noted, “Collaborations such as this one enable us to continue positioning our academic and research enterprise as a global crossroads for great ideas and, in doing so, make us joint partners in strengthening our local, regional and national economy.”
Tiffany passed away in November 2014. She was survived by two young children, AJ and Jasmine.In addition to the scholarship program, Supply Chain Management employees, with the support of OnBoard Services colleagues, created the TJP Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance for her children’s education. Through several fundraisers, including the Delta SCM Charity Golf Classic held in July, the teams have raised approximately $140,000.
“Along with her children, Tiffany loved Delta and her roles in Supply Chain Management,” said Bob Currey, Managing Director – Supply Chain Management Operations. “She lived Delta’s core values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance and servant leadership. Through these initiatives, we can honor her legacy while encouraging students to pursue their professional dreams.”