Since 2004, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program has honored elite supply management students for their dedication
to the profession, outstanding GPAs and
procurement-related extracurricular activities.
Considered the most prestigious scholarship
program for supply management students in the
U.S., it is a partnership between Institute for Supply
Management® (ISM®) and the R. Gene and Nancy D.
The 2017 winners come from universities around
the country and are passionate about supply
management, as evidenced by their involvement
in student leadership groups and committees,
and internships at leading companies. Recipients
receive up to US$5,000 of tuition funding and the
opportunity to work with a previous Richter Scholar
(junior mentor) and an executive (senior mentor).
They also receive complimentary attendance to
the ISM Annual International Supply Management
The six 2017 R. Gene Richter Scholarship winners,
announced last month at ISM2017 in Orlando,
A junior at Michigan State
University, Enisa Selimagic
is studying supply chain
management. She has a 3.62 GPA
and will graduate in May 2018.
Selimagic serves as the career fair
director of the MSU Supply Chain
She has managed and planned MSU supply chain
career fairs attended by 128 companies and about
800 students. Under Selimagic’s leadership, the
career fairs have enjoyed a 28 percent increase in
Selimagic has completed internships with GE
Aviation and The Boeing Company. In her role with
GE Aviation, she executed tactical and strategic
forecasting regarding the company’s supply
base. With the Boeing Company, she worked as
a supplier management intern, reviewing freight
and analyzing procurement purchase packages to
verify compliance with government and company
The recipient of the 2016 MSU Heart and Soul
Award, Selimagic is a student assistant for the Lear
Corporation Career Services Center and a member
of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Selimagic is fluent in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
She has accepted a summer 2017 internship with
General Motors in its purchasing department.
Her executive mentor is Thomas Nash, C.P.M.,
corporate vice president and chief supply chain
officer at the American Red Cross. Her junior mentor
is 2015 Richter Scholar Emily Socha, a sourcing
process analyst at General Mills.
A junior at the Howard University
School of Business, Jonathan
Smith is part of the Executive
Leadership Honors Program
and will graduate in May 2018.
He has a 3.87 GPA and serves as
a Career Prep Program fellow
for the Management Leadership for Tomorrow. He
was selected as one of 350 students to complete
business case studies and assignments to exercise
analytical, quantitative and communication skills.
In internships at W. W. Grainger, Inc., and Under
Armour, Smith facilitated strategic plans for global
business units. At Grainger, Smith worked as a global
product management intern to facilitate a process
to integrate four global business units. He also
developed a plan to increase sales by more than
$300,000 within an exclusive brand segment. Among
many responsibilities at Under Armour, he created
a database for comprehensive and comparative
analysis on more than 2,000 materials, an endeavor
that aided efficiency. Smith also served as an external
consultant for Kirloskar Chillers Private Limited in
Mumbai, India. He created a 25-page research report
recommending e-commerce improvements and
2017 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Winners
FROM LEFT: JESSICA BLUE, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY; COLLEENA PENG, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSIT Y;
POOJA SHROFF, RUTGERS UNIVERSIT Y; RACHEL TRAVIS, GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY; ENISA SELIMAGIC,
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY; AND JONATHAN SMITH, HOWARD UNIVERSIT Y.