Institute for Supply Management® Announces 2021 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Winners

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Four students from across the United States selected for top supply chain management award

TEMPE, Ariz., May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) has selected the 2021 recipients of the R. Gene Richter Scholarship, an award presented annually to the top supply management undergraduate students from across the United States. Recipients were determined based upon submitted essays, cumulative grade point average, demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, and overall achievements as an undergraduate professional, including through internships and case competitions.

The 2021 R. Gene Richter Scholars include Julia Lower of Michigan State University, Emily Irvin of The Pennsylvania State University, Hafsa Qureshi of Wayne State University, and Bridgette Larsen of University of Tennessee. All scholars are set to graduate and enter the workforce in spring 2022.

"We are very proud to introduce the 2021 class of Richter scholars. They are the brightest and best from across the country and we truly believe they will grow to become leaders in supply management," said Nancy Richter, founder of the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program. "This will prove to be a time when the supply chain will be reexamined and undergo many changes. Our Richter scholars will add a fresh perspective to the field with their proven leadership, creativity and initiative."

Now in its 18th year, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship provides a monetary award of up to US$10,000 in tuition assistance. Notably, recipients are also given access to an executive mentor and leader in the profession and a former Richter scholar as a junior mentor. Scholars are recognized and celebrated during the virtual ISM World annual conference May 18 – 20.

"These students represent the future leaders and trailblazers of the profession," said ISM CEO Thomas Derry. "We know each will contribute to advance and evolve supply chain management in their future careers, as they've demonstrated their commitment in their respective accomplishments thus far."

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 and the 2021 winners, visit:, and

About Institute for Supply Management®
Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is the first and leading not-for-profit professional supply management organization worldwide. Its 50,000 members in more than 90 countries around the world manage about US$1 trillion in corporate and government supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 by practitioners, ISM is committed to advancing the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM empowers and leads the profession through the ISM Report On Business®, its highly-regarded certification and training programs, corporate services, events and the ISM Mastery Model®. Its Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® are two of the most reliable economic indicators available, providing guidance to supply management professionals, economists, analysts, and government and business leaders. For more information, please visit

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