Seniors at Walton College Receive AWESOME Scholarship


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Stephanie Thomas (center) congratulates supply chain management seniors Reagan White (left) and Megan Formwalt (right) on being selected as AWESOME Scholar by Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operation, Management and Education.

Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education, or AWESOME – a national nonprofit advancing and transforming the future of supply chain leadership – selected Sam M. Walton College of Business students Reagan White, a specialist in supply chain management and international economics, and Megan Formwalt, also a graduate in supply chain management and economics , as AWESOME 2022 Excellence in Education Scholars.

“I’m so excited for Megan and Reagan. They represent the best of the Walton Supply Chain program,” said Stephanie Thomas, associate professor of supply chain management practice and executive director of Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence. “These are smart, driven leaders who want to make a meaningful and lasting impact in their future careers. I look forward to seeing the connections they make in this program with fellow AWESOME Scholars as well as successful AWESOME Members. .”

Twenty fellows, including White and Formwalt, will attend the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals conference in September 2022 and the AWESOME Symposium in May 2023. They receive a financial scholarship of $5,000 for tuition and will have opportunities for mentorship and networking with supply chain professionals.

“University of Arkansas students have been shortlisted for the past five years for this national award. AWESOME Founder Ann Drake, CEO Michelle Dilley and the rest of the AWESOME team have done a great job with this program. It’s a tremendous opportunity for recipients, and the benefits go far beyond the financial reward,” said Thomas.

White and Formwalt plan to graduate from Walton College in May 2023.

White is vice president of communications for the student organization Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) and was previously a member of the WISE Connections advisory board. She was a U of A delegate for National Model United Nations in 2021. Currently, she is interning in logistics with Hilti North America, a construction technology and tooling company in Plano, Texas. She is a minor in Spanish and studied abroad in Seville, Spain in the spring of 2022.

Formwalt is president of WISE and previously served as vice president of operations. She is working at McDonald’s as a Global Strategic Sourcing Intern this summer in Chicago. Formwalt was named a Presidential Scholar by the U of A and is a member of the Sigma Chi Mu Tau Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma.

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