Richard Hartley, who is pursuing a master’s degree in international business at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, has received the Eric J. and Barbara S. Joiner Scholarship to continue his studies.

Eric Joiner is co-founder and vice-chairman of Atlanta-based AJC International Inc., which markets frozen and refrigerated food products globally. The company was founded in 1972 and currently conducts business with suppliers and customers in more than 140 countries on six continents.

Mr. Joiner received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree of business from Georgia State. The need-based scholarship in his and his wife’s name is available to students in the master’s of international business program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Mr. Hartley is a native of Atlanta, grew up in a BritishBrazilian household and is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. He received his undergraduate degree in Spanish and international business at Georgia State.

In addition to his studies, Mr. Hartley currently is employed at USA Cargo Inc., an Atlanta-based freight forwarding company and Culture Connect Inc., an interpreting agency. He also is an intern at GlobalAtlanta.

This summer Mr. Hartley will be in Mozambique working with communities in the Tete Province where he will teach English and assist community leaders on economic development projects.

He is looking for a four- to five-month internship at a company in Latin America, which he must complete before receiving his degree.

Mr. Hartley may be reached by email at

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