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2012 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program Recipients Honored at ISM Conference

FOR RELEASE: May 6, 2012

(Tempe, Ariz.) May 6, 2012 — The largest nationally recognized scholarship program in the field of supply chain management — the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program — awarded 2012 scholarships today. Ten students, representing nine leading universities, were recognized at an awards dinner held during Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Baltimore. The 2012 Richter Scholars are:

  • Renata Blachut | University of South Carolina
  • Katie Burney | Iowa State University
  • Andrew George | Rutgers University
  • Kelly Glavin | The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ryan Holcomb | Michigan State University,
  • Garrett Hopper | University of Texas at Austin
  • Chris Huntington | Brigham Young University
  • Grayson Mitchell | Howard University
  • Monica Nawrocki | Michigan State University
  • Daniel Ruffley | Miami University — Ohio

Scholarships are awarded through ISM's R. Gene Richter Scholarship Fund and through the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation. The 2012 Richter Scholars receive tuition assistance of up to US$5,000 and the benefits of an executive mentor, which pairs the student with an established executive, and a junior mentor, which pairs the student with a former Richter scholar.

The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program was established and named 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). For information on the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program, visit

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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