Institute for Supply Management® Announces 2020 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Winners

TEMPE, ARIZ. (April 24, 2020) — Institute for Supply Management ®(ISM®) has selected the 2020 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 2020 R. Gene Richter Scholars include Delaney Shultz of Arizona State University (ASU), Charles Zhou of Michigan State University (MSU), Eden Jacoby of The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), Elizabeth Weiland of The Pennsylvania State University, Janelle Taliaferro of Rutgers University and Spencer Strei of University of Tennessee. All scholars are set to graduate and enter the workforce in spring 2021.

“We are very proud to introduce the 2020 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. I'm confident that the future of supply management is in good hands.”

Now in its 17th 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. Due to the COVID-19 cancellation of ISM’s annual conference, ISM2020, intended to occur April 26 – 29 in Boston, recipients will be honored and celebrated virtually in numerous ways.

“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 2020 winners, visit:, and  ISM award information here.