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Canadian college students eligible for manufacturing supply chain scholarship


September 20, 2010
By Mary Del


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To commemorate its 20th anniversary, supply chain and logistics management firm D.W. Morgan Company has launched its "Last Mile" Scholarship for college seniors around the world. Morgan will award a total of $20,000 US in January 2011, allotting $5,000 US grants to four finalists.
 
Students will be asked to come up with ways to apply emerging technologies and practices to improve the supply chain while making a positive impact on society and the planet. A grand-prize winner will also receive the opportunity for a paid internship in the summer of 2011 at Morgan’s corporate headquarters or one of its field offices.
 
Named after Morgan’s exclusive "last mile" service, which guarantees consistent on-site co-ordination of goods up to the very last mile in the manufacturing supply chain, the scholarship is open to students in their final year of post-secondary education, with a major or minor in supply chain management, logistics, transportation studies or a related field. Morgan’s aim in creating the scholarship is to support innovative and socially conscious thinking among the future leaders of the supply chain industry, and provide assistance as they launch their careers.
 
"Whether it’s a new feature that our drivers request for our iPhone application, a recommendation for consolidating loads from four trucks to one, or an employee-led incentive to reduce energy, Morgan is always looking for innovative ways to optimize the supply chain and make a positive impact," said D.W. Morgan founder and CEO David Morgan. "This scholarship is one way that we can encourage cutting-edge, socially responsible, and implementable practices for our company and the industry as a whole for the next 20 years."
 
To enter, students must create a video answering a two-part question: How do you see the supply chain evolving in the next 20 years; and what steps can supply chain executives take to ensure these changes in the industry make a positive impact on society and/or the planet? Students also must submit a college transcript and a written summary of their ideas. Entries will be accepted online at www.lastmilescholarship.com until December 1.
 
Judging will be done by an independent panel, which will include D.W. Morgan senior executives and other industry experts. Judges will make selections based on the originality, creativity and feasibility of ideas the applicants have presented, as well as the passion they’ve put into communicating them. Winners will be announced mid-January 2011.