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February 11, 2022

College of Business students receive scholarships from Kansas City supply chain organization

Submitted by Haley Ahlers

Samantha Brethour, left and Brandon York

Two Kansas State University College of Business students, Samantha Brethour and Brandon York, are the recipients of 2021 scholarships from the Kansas City Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

The scholarship recognizes currently enrolled students with a major or minor in supply chain management, operations, logistics, or related educational programs who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders in the supply management field.

Brethour is a junior in the operations and supply chain management track of the management program.

"The supply chain industry has experienced so much turmoil since the beginning of the pandemic, and we have been able to witness the incredible inefficiencies that impact us daily," Brethour said. "Here at K-State, I am learning to think critically about how to manage these disruptions using innovative solutions. I am very grateful for the Kansas City Council of Supply Management Professionals’ generous scholarship to further my education within this field as I prepare to make a difference in the supply chain industry."

York is in the Master of Business Administration program, with a concentration in supply chain management.

"I became interested in pursuing my MBA at K-State because supply chain management plays such an important role in our lives — we rely on our supply chains to deliver food, medicine, water, etc. — so many aspects of our health and well-being," York said. "This scholarship allows me to continue my education in operations and supply chain management and will eventually lead me to a career as a supply chain manager."

"I am proud of our students for receiving these prestigious scholarships," said Myung Kyo "MK" Kim, associate professor in the Department of Management. "The Kansas City Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has been an invaluable partner and supporter of our operations and supply chain management program and continues to invest in our students’ futures."

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven the nationwide demand for supply chain talent to nearly unprecedented levels. This trend is evident in the Midwest, a focal point for the country’s movement and distribution of goods. As a result, the College of Business has strengthened curriculum offerings to meet the emerging needs of its industry partners and gained recognition from corporate partners and other key industry stakeholders. With significant enrollment growth in recent years, the College of Business plans to offer operations and supply chain management as an independent undergraduate major and undergraduate certificate starting in fall 2022. MBA students can take a series of courses that allow them to develop expertise in supply chain management.

Visit cba.k-state.edu/academics/undergraduate/management.html to learn about the management program and its tracks, which include operations and supply chain management. To learn about the Master of Business Administration program, visit cba.k-state.edu/academics/graduate/mba/.