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Reid Hightower, a senior, was presented $2,500 by the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI) as its Southworth International Group Honor Student. Aahil Makhani, also a senior, was awarded $2,000 by the MHEFI as a Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturing Honor Scholar. Mary Grace Boatright, a junior, was presented with $1,000 by the Remanufacturing Industries Council.
“There are many professional organizations that offer scholarships for current students studying Supply Chain Management every year,” said Marcia Gibson, Professional Experience Coordinator for Supply Chain Management at the Harbert College. “Many of these awards are based on depth of career interest and leadership potential. The supply chain faculty at Auburn works together to make sure our students are aware of these professional interest scholarships.”
Hightower, who volunteers as an academic tutor, is building his professional portfolio this summer as a Global Service Parts Intern at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International.
Boatright, whose 3.70 GPA landed her a spot on the Dean’s List for Spring 2019, is also Vice President of Operations for Sigma Sigma Sigma. She is currently seeking an internship to broaden her supply chain management skills base as she is expecting to graduate in 2022.
Makhani, who is actively involved in AU Academic Support and the university’s First Year Experience, is looking forward to interning this summer at the Target Distribution Center in Savannah, Georgia.
“Auburn’s supply chain department has given me every resource I need to succeed from networking and résumé building opportunities provided by Mrs. Gibson and (program champion) Alex Ritenbaugh to the excellent education all of the professors have provided,” he said. “Each class I have taken has not only given me the technical know-how I would need for a career in the supply chain, but also the soft skills I need to convey that knowledge through presentations, class discussions, and group projects.”
Boatright, a Tuscaloosa native, believes supply chain management is so interesting because it is “constantly changing.”
“Before this current pandemic supply chain wasn’t a common term in people’s vocabulary, but little did people know supply chains have always been the reasons that their shelves are full and they are able to get products delivered in a timely manner,” she said. “There is never a moment when you can’t try to make something better and declaring a supply chain major allows you to gain the tools for success when it comes to making things more effective and efficient.”