ISM Announces Recipients of Supply Management Scholarships

FOR RELEASE: May 3, 2009

(Tempe, Ariz.) May 3, 2009 — Eight students, representing eight leading universities, are recipients of 2009 R. Gene Richter Scholarships awarded by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation and the ISM R. Gene Richter Scholarship Fund. Now in its sixth year, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program is the largest nationally recognized scholarship program in the field of supply chain management.

Winners were recognized May 3, 2009 at an awards dinner held during Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 94th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Charlotte, North Carolina. Supply management scholars honored at the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Awards Dinner include:

Tiffany Chen — Chen is entering her senior year at the University of Maryland's (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is pursuing a double major in logistics, transportation & supply chain management and information systems. A Student Ambassador, Chen promotes UMD to prospective students. She has been involved in the Logistics, Transportation & Supply Chain Management (LTSCM) Society for three years and is currently co-president. She is also an active member of the Business & Information Technology Society. Chen studied abroad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this past winter semester. She has completed an internship at Unilever, where she was a material planner, and this summer she will intern at Deloitte Consulting's McLean, Virginia office as a Business Technology Analyst Summer Scholar. "Through my internship experience I realize the value I could add just by making a company's supply chain more efficient in one tiny area," Chen says.

Amanda DeCook — DeCook is majoring in supply chain management at Michigan State University, where she was admitted to the Eli Broad College of Business after her first semester. DeCook is on schedule to earn her degree in just two and a half years when she graduates in May 2010. She has completed an internship at John Deere and is preparing for upcoming internships at W.W. Grainger and General Electric. DeCook has been a team lead for Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, held executive board and committee positions in the Supply Chain Management Association and is a student liaison for NAPM—Central Michigan, Inc. "I am truly enthralled with the field of supply chain management, where I am challenged with constant improvements whether they be cutting costs, applying innovative technology, forming key partnerships, reducing lead times, implementing green practices, among other countless solutions," DeCook says.

Mary Deet — Deet is entering her senior year at Duquesne University where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration, with concentrations in information systems management and supply chain management. Deet was named to the Atlantic 10 Honor Roll last semester. In addition, she is varsity captain of the Duquesne Women's Rowing Team, a Division I program. Deet encouraged her team members to maintain rigorous training and academic discipline which led to their winning the Atlantic 10 Conference championship. Deet has completed an internship at Del Monte Foods, Inc. and will be interning at Alcoa this summer in the Global Business Services group. "A degree in supply chain management will allow me to make use of some of the most innovative and exciting technology for business decision-making," Deet says.

Carmen Harris — Harris is entering her senior year at Tennessee State University (TSU), where she is majoring in business administration with concentrations in e-business and supply chain management. Her multiple internships with Corning Incorporated included assignments in strategic sourcing as well as procurement and transportation. Harris has also played an instrumental role in crafting the chartering and governance documents required to establish the first TSU Collegiate Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. "The opportunities that this field has are endless, almost guaranteeing me a position upon graduation," Harris says. "As I continue learning and developing at Tennessee State University, each class I complete brings me greater insight into the career that I plan to pursue."

Jamie Hoke — Hoke is entering her senior year at Bowling Green State University, where she is majoring in business administration with a specialization in supply chain management. Hoke has already demonstrated stellar academic and leadership abilities. She has been involved in student chapters of APICS and ISM. Hoke has completed an internship with John Deere's Worldwide Logistics department, and will return for another assignment in summer 2009 at one of Deere's construction and forestry (C&F) manufacturing facilities. "Working in supply chain requires a person to think both qualitatively and quantitatively," Hoke says. I have always been a person who has been able to view one issue from many different lenses, and I believe that careers in supply chain management provide many such opportunities."

Jamie Alan Loeks — Loeks is entering his senior year at Western Michigan University, where he is majoring in integrated supply management. He has completed internship and co-op experiences at FEMA Corporation, Pfizer Inc., and Dana Corporation, and is preparing for upcoming internships at Whirlpool Corporation and Marathon Petroleum. Loeks looks forward to entering the workforce with confidence and knowledge gained from successfully navigating a variety of ethical and project-oriented challenges. "I've worked with accountants, engineers, IT professionals ... and have been responsible for handling sensitive information with the utmost care and trustworthiness," Loeks says. "Supply chain is a field that is exciting, challenging, unusual, and full of limitless potential."

Christina Round — Round will be entering her last semester at The Pennsylvania State University in the Fall of 2009 and is pursuing a degree in supply chain and information systems with concentrations in finance and international business. Round holds a leadership position in the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and also has the unique distinction of being selected as a teaching assistant for a mandatory business ethics course in the Smeal College of Business. Her internship and co-op experiences include positions at ExxonMobil Corporation and Johnson & Johnson. She will be returning to ExxonMobil Corporation for another internship this summer. "This field is extremely diverse, challenging and constantly changing," Round says. "With so many facets and avenues to delve into, I know that my interests will be met, constant challenges will be faced, and a diverse career lays in front of me for years to come."

Natalia Zoubtsova — Zoubtsova attends Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business and is pursuing dual bachelor's degrees in supply chain management and Russian. She is a student in the Barrett Honors College. Zoubtsova has traveled and lived in different parts of the globe and considers herself a global citizen. "I am bilingual (English and Russian), understand the nuances of supply chain management, and have diverse experiences that complement my academic background," Zoubtsova says. "The ability to contribute to the success of a company by participating in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams in an international setting is what draws me to a career in supply management."

The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program was established in memory of R. Gene Richter, who was a galvanizing force in the field of procurement. Richter is admired for elevating the profession to world-class stature. He led the supply organizations at The Black & Decker Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and International Business Machines (IBM). To date, a total of 39 scholarships have been granted to individuals seeking education in supply management, supply chain management or procurement. For a second year, the number of scholarships awarded was expanded as a result of the Richter Foundation's partnership with Institute for Supply Management™. For information on the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program, visit

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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