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By Ashley Bayton
University News
July 24, 2012      

Business School Senior Receives Esteemed Richter
Scholarship, Interns at Chrysler


Grayson Mitchell

WASHINGTON – Grayson Mitchell, a senior supply chain management major from Illinois, is one of 10 students awarded a 2012 R. Gene Richter Scholarship. Now in its ninth year, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program is the largest nationally recognized scholarship program in the field of supply chain management.

This summer, Mitchell is getting invaluable supply chain management experience working on
master orders for the North American region at Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  
Mitchell’s work will help the company grow and forecast the bottom line.

Mitchell, who began his Howard career in the School of Business as a finance major, says he “fell in love” with the supply chain management in his sophomore year when a five minute chat turned into a decision to change his major.

He recently competed with his team in a case competition held at the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM)  ninth annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit. They won second place. Mitchell is the captain of the Howard University 1867 intramural basketball team, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Howard University Undergraduate Student Assembly. He also spends time serving the community as volunteer with the Capital Food Bank and the Haitian embassy.

During his sophomore year, Mitchell served as management team leader in the Howard University School of Business. In that role, he led 12 business students through the 21st Century Advantage Program (21 CAP), a retention program that allows first-year business students to collaborate in teams while working on various projects, as well as interact with several Fortune 500 companies throughout the school year.

"After making the decision to concentrate in supply chain management, I feel more connected than ever before," Mitchell said. "The global opportunities this field offers are endless."

After graduating in May 2013, Mitchell plans to travel to both Europe and Africa to further his studies.

Mitchell is the first student from Howard University to be recognized by this prestigious scholarship program. He looks forward to passing the torch to other Howard students who are interested in supply chain management.

Scholarships are awarded through ISM's R. Gene Richter Scholarship Fund and through the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation. The 2012 Richter Scholars receive tuition assistance of up to $5,000 and the benefits of being paired with an established executive mentor, and a junior mentor who is also a former Richter scholar. Understanding the importance of giving back, he is also excited about serving as a professional mentor to future R. Gene Richter scholars.

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, visit

Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination - including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business(r) - ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management(r) (CPSM(r)), Certified in Supply Management(tm) (CSM(tm)) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity(r) (CPSD(tm)) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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