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Stillman MBA Student Receives National Supply Management Scholarship
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Sean RainfordFor the second time in two years, a Stillman School MBA student has been awarded a 2014 ISM-Capital One Conference Scholarship. Sean Rainford was named one of 12 students nationwide to receive the honor after competing against more than 130 applicants from around the world.

In his essay entitled, "The Future of Supply Management," Rainford noted that supply management and procurement will become an increasingly important strategic business unit that can "organically generate growth and increase profits." In addition, Rainford predicted a greater reliance on technology in supply management, "freeing people to create value in the procurement stream in other performance improvement manners such as process redesign, streamlining workflows, and reducing turn-around times."

"I am very privileged, honored and humbled all at the same time," Rainford said after winning the $1,250 scholarship and the opportunity to attend the ISM-Capital One Conference in Las Vegas in early May. "I look forward to representing Seton Hall at the conference and to mingling with the best and brightest in supply management and procurement. I hope this award brings awareness on the national level to the quality of education at Stillman School and Seton Hall and helps both continue to rise in national prominence."

The 31-year-old New York native plans a career in commodities trading and expects his supply management degree to give him an added advantage over the competition. This latest accolade comes after a first place win in the 2013 Rhoda Isaacs Scholarship in Supply Chain Management competition, sponsored by the New York chapter of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

"Winning the ISM-Capital One competition twice in two years is a fantastic achievement for the Supply Chain program at Stillman," said Penina Orenstein, professor of computing and decision sciences. "It demonstrates the underlying strength of the program which is expanding, both in terms of the number of students as well as in its visibility. We are extremely proud of Sean's double achievement as he establishes his career in the field of Supply Chain Management."

Last year's Stillman winner was Wambui Gathu, who submitted an essay entitled "Emerging Technology and its Effects on Service Delivery in Africa."

For more information please contact:
Penina Orenstein
(973) 761-9535


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