greenleehandshakeGreenlee Textron, an industrial and electrical tool company headquartered in Illinois, has pledged the Collat School of Business $30,000 to further the Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program and provide students with academic scholarships.

Since 2013, the school has partnered with Greenlee to give Industrial Distribution students key internship experience in the industry while providing Greenlee with experienced, capable graduates. The $30,000 scholarship gift is the next step in strengthening the relationship between the program, which is one of only a few of its kind in the country, and Greenlee.

Lloyd Everard, Vice President of Human Resources at Greenlee, traveled to UAB recently to personally deliver a $10,000 installment on the gift and to meet with Charles Collat, Chairman Emeritus of Mayer Electric Supply Company and namesake for the Collat School of Business, and Industrial Distribution students at a reception to hear stories of their academic success.

greenlee"The scholarships I received have given me great confidence that I'm being encouraged and lifted up towards a career I'm building," said Gary Khodanian, an industrial distribution senior who is graduating this week with multiple employment offers. "My experience is similar to the many student lives that have been deeply impacted by the generous gifts to this program by industry partners over the years."

Pictured at right: (l-r) David Goedecke, Nancy Goedecke, Lloyd Everard, Ron Nesbitt, Tim Vanderaa, Dr. Mike Wittmann, Matt Sisco, Scott Goedecke, Charlie Collat, Jr., and Charles Collat, Sr.