WMU student one of four in state to win prestigious $5,000 scholarship

contact: Michelle Shember
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University student Sean Perkins, an integrated supply management major, has been awarded a 2014 Transportation Club of Detroit scholarship worth $5,000 and is one of only four students statewide to receive the prestigious scholarship.

Perkins earned the honor based on his scholastic achievements, personal character and professional interest. 

"I was absolutely thrilled to find out I won this scholarship," Perkins says. "I was sitting in my living room with my wife and in-laws when I received the announcement email. My family told me how proud they were, and that was the greatest feeling."

Photo of Sean Perkins


Two straight years for WMU

This is the second year in a row a student of Western Michigan University has received a scholarship from the Transportation Club of Detroit. In 2013, then senior Chad Niemchick, Hopkins, Mich., was the recipient.

"The level of dedication displayed by the leaders of the ISM program to the academic success of the students they serve is second to none," says Perkins. "The ISM program faculty and the college of business provide an incredible number of resources for students to succeed. I will carry these influences with me to the organizations I serve in the future, with their customers in mind."

Perkins' award follows the recent announcement that Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program has been ranked No. 5 in the nation for undergraduate supply chain education. The program was identified as the leader in curriculum, citing the program's blend of engineering, information technology and business education.

"We are incredibly excited to see Sean earn this recognition," says Dr. Sime Curkovic, professor of management. "He is a dedicated and talented student and very deserving of this scholarship. I know Sean will continue to do great things in the supply chain industry."

A ceremony honoring the recipients will be held in October during the Transportation Club of Detroit's 31st Annual Scholarship Dinner, where students will receive their awards.

About the ISM program

In addition to its recent No. 5 ranking, WMU's integrated supply management program has been recognized nationally by several organizations and publications for its leadership in preparing students for careers in supply chain management. Each year, more than 80 students graduate from the WMU ISM program with nearly all finding positions in the profession. Most students participate in industry internships during their college career. They also earn some of the highest salaries among business students, with top students starting at more than $60,000. To learn more about the program, visit wmich.edu/supplychain.