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Student one of eight nationwide Richter Scholars

May 18, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University student is one of eight students nationwide selected to receive a prestigious business scholarship.

Jamie Alan Loeks of Kalamazoo, Mich., is one of eight recipients of the 2009 Richter Scholarship awarded by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation and the Institue for Supply Managment's Richter Scholarship Fund.

Now in its sixth year, the Richter Scholarship Program is the largest nationally recognized scholarship program in the field of supply chain management. Winners were recognized May 3 at an awards dinner during the Institute for Supply Management's 94th annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Charlotte, N.C.

Loeks is entering his senior year at WMU, where he is majoring in integrated supply management. He has completed internship and co-op experiences at FEMA Corp., Pfizer Inc. and Dana Corp. and is preparing for upcoming internships at Whirlpool Corp. and Marathon Petroleum. Loeks looks forward to entering the workforce with confidence and knowledge gained from successfully navigating a variety of ethical and project-oriented challenges.

"I've worked with accountants, engineers, IT professionals and have been responsible for handling sensitive information with the utmost care and trustworthiness," Loeks says. "Supply chain is a field that is exciting, challenging, unusual and full of limitless potential."

Other 2009 Richter Scholars represent the likes of University of Maryland, Michigan State University, Duqesne University and Arizona State University. Since the scholarship was created in 2004, WMU has had three Richter Scholars, with Andrea Brown winning first in 2005 and Elizabeth Aven in 2006.

R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program

The Richter Scholarship Program was established in memory of R. Gene Richter, a major force in the field of procurement, who elevated the profession to world-class stature. He led the supply organizations at Black & Decker Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and International Business Machines (IBM). To date a total of 39 scholarships have been granted to individuals seeking education in supply management, supply chain management or procurement. For a second year, the number of scholarships awarded was expanded as a result of the Richter Foundation's partnership with Institute for Supply Management.

More information on the Richter Scholarship Program is available online at richterfoundation.org.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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