Integrated supply management students receive prestigious industry scholarships

contact: Alyssa Benson
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University integrated supply management students Aaron McClendon from Westland, and Emma Stuba from La Grange, Illinois, have received two of the coveted Transportation Club of Detroit scholarships for 2016.

The scholarships total $6,000, with Stuba receiving $4,000 and McClendon receiving $2,000, and will be formally presented to the students at an awards ceremony in October. This is the fourth year in a row that WMU students have been recipients of the scholarship.

“Emma and Aaron are both exemplary students who go above and beyond to demonstrate their dedication to their coursework and the supply chain field,” says Dr. Sime Curkovic, professor of supply chain management.

Aaron McClendon

Photo of Aaron McClendon.


McClendon is also a recent recipient of the $10,000 Gary L. Buffington Scholarship awarded by the Industrial Supply Association Education Foundation, and the $5,000 R. Gene Richter Scholarship awarded by the Richter Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Supply Management. This summer he completed his second internship at General Motors as a value chain analyst.  

"Winning the TCD Scholarship affords me the freedom to focus more on my passions—to learn and mentor other students during my last year of college,” says McClendon. “This investment is a huge motivating factor for me to finish my undergraduate experience strong and begin my career with confidence."

Emma Stuba

Photo of Emma Stuba.


Stuba completed a global procurement internship at Marathon Petroleum this summer and has participated in externships with Coyote Logistics, Stryker and John Deere. She was a finalist in the 2016 Haworth College of Business Trailblazers Student Recognition Program, is a part of the college’s Dean’s Leadership Scholar Program and serves as a student ambassador for the college.

"Being an integrated supply management major taught me how important the transportation industry is, and to be considered and awarded a scholarship by the Transportation Club of Detroit means a lot to me,” says Stuba. “This scholarship will help me finance a significant portion of my education, and I cannot thank the Transportation Club of Detroit enough for their generosity."

About the ISM program

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. Recent accolades include a No. 2 ranking by Software Advice for emphasis on technology and quantitative methods, a No. 5 undergraduate program ranking from SCM World, and a top 10 program ranking by Gartner. Each year, approximately 100 students graduate from the WMU ISM program with nearly all finding positions in the profession.

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