Jacksonville University and its Davis College of Business announced April 7 the Zimmerman Scholars Program, a venture that connects scholarship recipients with leadership development opportunities.
The program, made possible by a gift from the Zimmerman Family Foundation Inc., combines the business education available at the college with scholarships, career exploration, internship and mentorship opportunities.
“As a successful entrepreneur who proudly employs Jacksonville University alumni, Charles Zimmerman and his family understand that developing adaptable young leaders is essential to the ongoing prosperity of northeast Florida’s growing business community,” said Jacksonville University President Tim Cost in a news release.
“Our entire family is proud to help accelerate the positive momentum happening within JU’s Davis College of Business while establishing a world-class program that prepares students for the future. From their first year at JU and through graduation, Zimmerman Scholars will be among the most sought after job candidates with unmatched skills and personal connections to Jacksonville’s business leaders,” said Morrie Zimmerman, president and CEO of Far East Brokers and Consultants Inc., in the release.
Founded in 1981 by Charles Zimmerman, the company has its headquarters in Jacksonville and operations in Asia. It is an importer of seasonal general merchandise for the U.S. retail market. Charles Zimmerman remains the chairman of the board.
Each class of Zimmerman Scholars will engage in learning experiences based on their stage of leadership development. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to engage with working professionals; work on real-world, company-based projects; and mentor each other.
Undergraduate students majoring in accounting, finance, economics, management, business analytics, business administration, marketing, sports business or international business are eligible to apply.
Aspects of the program include “Career Trek” visits to local companies, integrated internships and the opportunity to lead project teams devoted to real business challenges.
In addition, Zimmerman Scholars will have the opportunity to connect with members of the college’s executive advisory board through networking events, practice interviews and interaction with the business community.
Program participants will be eligible for dedicated scholarship support and will begin participating both in their classes and co-curricular leadership experiences.
Questions about the program or application process may be submitted to [email protected].