Ryder System, Inc. has granted $30,000 to Florida International University (FIU) in support of two of the university’s educational programs in Washington, D.C. One of the grants, the Ryder Women in Leadership Scholarship, was given in the amount of $15,000 to increase access of promising female leaders to advanced educational opportunities and leadership development. The second grant, the Ryder-FIU in D.C. Transportation & Logistics BizGov intern program, was given in the amount of $15,000 to fund a promising FIU undergraduate or graduate student with interest in transportation and logistics, to gain both a federal and corporate internship experience.
Ryder Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm for Ryder, supports non-profit organizations with projects and causes that align with the company’s core values—expertise, innovation, safety and community collaboration.
“Ryder is proud to support FIU and to empower opportunities for both high potential women and diverse students to access executive education and learn more about the technological advances and growth of the transportation and logistics industry,” said Robert Sanchez, Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The Ryder Women in Leadership Scholarship made it possible for 10 women—both students and promising alumni who are aspiring to leadership positions—to attend a two-day education course recently held in D.C. in partnership with the Organization of American States. The course, titled Cyber Security Strategy and Leadership, featured some of the nation’s top cyber security experts. Those who were selected for the opportunity have expressed interested in building careers in the areas of business, management, technology, logistics, transportation, supply chain management, data analytics, health care management, human resources management, real estate or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The student selected for the Ryder-FIU in D.C. Transportation & Logistics BizGov internship opportunity will be provided the chance to gain both federal and corporate internship experience by working at FIU’s Washington, D.C., office during the summer of 2017. He or she will gain knowledge of Congress, the federal government, policymaking and national trends in the industry.
The intern will attend transportation hearings, national association events and actively contribute to the area of transportation and infrastructure. Following their D.C. summer experience, the student, having benefited from the federal lens gained while interning at the nation’s capital, will work as a Ryder-funded, paid intern at the company’s corporate headquarters in Miami, where he or she will gain hands-on experience in the industry. FIU in Washington, D.C., provides a competitive advantage to FIU students, faculty, alumni and staff; access to thought leaders, one-of-a-kind learning, career and research experiences; and amplifies FIU’s voice in the national dialogue.
“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Ryder, which has generously supported our university and many of our top graduates who hold leadership positions with the company,” said Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President. “This investment will build on these successes and ensure that women will continue to excel in business and STEM fields.”