Chrysler renews support for diversity, scholarship and leadership through sponsorship of National Student Case Competition

AUBURN HILLS, MI– MBA candidates from 22 of the nation’s leading business schools competed for $35,000 in scholarships in the 2009 National Student Case Competition, sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC and The Chrysler Foundation.

The National Student Case Competition is a unique, annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a hypothetical business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentation.

The competition is held as part of the National Black MBA Association’s annual convention, which was held September 22-26 in New Orleans. The Chrysler Group has been the exclusive sponsor of the National Student Case Competition since 1995.

“Over the years, the Chrysler Group has enabled more than 1,300 students to present their analyses and recommendations to real-world problems during the National Student Case Competition,” said Lisa J. Wicker, Director — Talent Management, Global Diversity and Leadership Development, Chrysler Group LLC. “This competition has evolved into the premier showcase event for student achievement and an important way the Chrysler Group demonstrates its continuing commitment to diversity, scholarship and leadership.”

The students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) took home the first place trophy as national champions of the competition and $15,000 in scholarships money. The winning team members were Taalib al’Salaam, James Bryant and Aeisha Williams, all MBA students at UNC. The second and third place teams represented Emory University and Winston Salem State University, whose members earned $12,000 and $8,000 in scholarships respectively.