Pictured at the Oct. 30 announcement are (L to R): CAU President Ronald A. Johnson, inaugural scholarship recipients Evony Smith (2017 MBA candidate) and Bradley Gilbeaux (MBA 2016 candidate), Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and Supply Chain Management Greg May and Jackson-Pugh’s brother, Brandon Jackson.
Clark Atlanta University announced the inaugural recipients of the Delta Air Lines Tiffany Jackson-Pugh Angel Wings Legacy Scholarship Award, a merit-based memorial scholarship that affords graduate students the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of former CAU alumna and Delta Air Lines Commodity Manager Tiffany Jackson-Pugh.
Delta’s Supply Chain Management division 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 with Delta for nearly a decade, honing her skills and expanding her leadership capabilities in the company’s supply chain operations over the previous five years.
She served as supply chain management pricing analyst from 2010 to 2013, and served as supply chain management commodity manager from 2013 until her death in November 2014.
“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, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and Supply Chain Management. “Her work ethic set a high standard and represented the very best of 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 earned the B.A. degree in economics from the State University of New York-Buffalo in 2013, and will complete the MBA with a concentration in supply chain management from Clark Atlanta in May 2016. Smith earned the B.S. degree in health services information management from East Carolina University in 2015 and is slated to complete the MBA with a concentration in supply chain management in 2017.
“We are deeply grateful for the strategic partnership of Delta Air Lines and the compassion demonstrated in honoring the legacy of their late colleague and friend, our beloved alumna Tiffany Jackson-Pugh,” CAU School of Business Interim Dean Edward Davis, Ph.D., said. “Just like Tiffany, the graduate scholars receiving these memorial scholarship awards represent the highest ideals of the University and our School of Business. They each have demonstrated a level of strategic thinking, disciplined analysis and the ability to make sound business decisions that elevate an organization’s market competitiveness.”
Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., noted that “strategic partnerships such as this one not only honor the traditional mission of the University’s academic enterprise, but truly advance the institution’s ability to “Mobilize for the Future.” 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.”