At The Hertz Corporation, one of the world’s largest and most iconic rental car companies, we believe strongly in developing the next generation of promising young minds. By providing talented young people from all walks of life access to education, we are inspiring them to think bold ideas and pursue limitless futures.
I am honored that we are partnering with the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation as it supports graduate students in discovering some of the most innovative solutions in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to benefit humanity. Through the Hertz Fellowship, we are sponsoring Bailey Flanigan, a PhD student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, as she combines approaches from computer science, economics, and the physical sciences to address societal problems. We are looking to future leaders like Bailey and her peers to help us create greater benefits and exceptional experiences for our company, customers, and partners through advances in technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data/analytics.
I’m personally honored to be able to bring more STEM opportunities to women. Together, I hope we encourage the diversity of perspectives and experiences necessary for future scientific and technical breakthroughs, particularly in transportation and mobility. I tell my own teams every day to identify the greatest challenges facing the rental car industry and to solve them. It is my sincere hope that with this investment, Bailey will have the freedom to pursue new thinking, take risks, and push boundaries through her research. The pursuit of the unknown is what makes innovation possible.
The Hertz Fellowship is both close to my heart and closely aligned with The Hertz Corporation’s aspirations to improve education and invest in our future leaders. Earlier this year, we announced our own scholarship program intended to help deserving students pursue postsecondary education, including vocational school, to develop meaningful careers. This, in combination with our support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, is just part of our overall commitment to global education and the next generation of thinkers, doers, and leaders. I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish!
- Kathy Marinello