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Irwin Native Garners Most Recognized Supply Management Scholarship

Duquesne University student Michael J. Ferrara, a native of Irwin, was recently honored with a 2007 R. Gene Richter Scholarship.

One of only six recipients for the award, Ferrara will be a senior this fall in the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration. He will graduate in May 2008 with a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in marketing, supply chain management and sports marketing.

“Marketing is the complement to my supply chain management degree,” Ferrara says. “I am anxious to get started applying the theoretical knowledge base I learned in class to real-world experience.”

One of the largest nationally recognized scholarship programs in the field of supply chain management, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program identifies future leaders of supply management and “fast-tracks” them into the profession. Winners receive tuition assistance of up to $5,000 and are offered the benefits of two mentoring programs: the Executive Mentoring Program, which pairs the student with an established executive, and the Junior Mentoring Program, which pairs the student with a young professional from the Richter Scholar Class of 2005.

The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program was established in memory of supply management innovator and leader R. Gene Richter, who is credited 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).

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