Amazon donation creates scholarships and training for Tuskegee students


September 16, 2022

From left to right: Kevin Keck, Mamar Gelaye, Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, Dr. S. Keith Hargrove and Philip Howard.

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Amazon has presented Tuskegee University with $1.2 million to create a partnership that will provide scholarships, create education and training opportunities in mechatronics/robotics, supply chain and logistics, and establish a pipeline for Amazon’s leadership roles. Amazon executives Mamar Gelaye and Kevin Keck traveled to Tuskegee University to present the award and discuss the new partnership.

“Amazon’s contribution allows us to enhance our curriculum to provide our students with a foundation in supply chain and logistics for all majors, and a specialty for engineering majors in robotics and mechatronics” , said Provost Dr. S. Keith Hargrove. “This creates educational opportunities for our students to engage in the cutting-edge technology and business practices that Amazon is known for while preparing them for career opportunities with one of the most valuable brands in the world. world.”

Partnership with Amazon will provide decision-making experience through classroom and lab simulations for efficient design, distribution, risk assessment and operations of goods through the fulfillment center and full product chain .

“We are thrilled with the opportunities this partnership provides for Tuskegee students,” said President Charlotte Morris. “I’m especially proud of our partnership with Amazon leader and one of my former Tuskegee students, Leonard Spencer, who returns to help the next generation of Golden Tigers create a strong path to academic and career success. ” TU alumni and Amazon employees Leonard Spencer and Kennedy Oates were strong advocates for investing in their alma mater.

Forbes named Amazon one of the World’s Best Employers and LinkedIn ranked her among the top three companies to work for in the United States for the past five years.

The College of Business and Information Science will lead the supply chain initiative, and the College of Engineering will lead the Mechatronics/Robotics program. Mechatronics is the use of electromechanical equipment and devices for automation and production.

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