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Junior Receives SCM Scholarship

April 4, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- A Western Illinois University supply chain management major has been named the recipient of the 2007 Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., (MHEFI) Scholarship.

Shannon Durward, a junior from Thomson (IL), received the $3,000 Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) Storage Equipment Manufacturers Production Section Honor Scholarship. Durward was the only student from an Illinois college or university to receive a scholarship. Only 30 college students from across the country are selected for the Material Handling Education Foundation Scholarships, according to the MHIA.

Western is one of just five universities in Illinois to offer a bachelor's degree in supply chain management.

Durward, whose minor is finance, is secretary of Western's Supply Chain Management Student Association and is also a member of the College of Business and Technology Student Organization Council, the Dean's Advisory Council, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Campus Students for Christ. Durward is also a First Year Experience peer mentor at WIU.

She is a recipient of a Merit Recognition Scholarship from Western, as well as a Delta Nu Alpha Scholarship. Durward has received the Caterpillar Excellence Award and was a Leland Essay Contest winner.

Durward will complete a logistics internship this summer with Deere & Company in Moline (IL). She has also worked for Metform, LLC, in Savanna (IL) as a shipping coordinator assistant since Summer 2003.

"We are proud of Shannon's selection for this highly competitive scholarship," said John Drea, WIU marketing and finance department chair. "She was chosen from a pool of students from universities and colleges across country. This speaks highly of Western's supply chain management program and the caliber of our students."

Bart Jennings, associate professor of supply chain management at Western, nominated Durward for the scholarship.

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