Richter Scholarship 


Application period opens November 14, 2016 and closes on February 10, 2017.

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. The program was initially established by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation in 2004. In 2005, the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation partnered with the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) to expand the Foundation's scholarship program into the largest national scholarship program in the field of supply management. It was a goal of the Foundation and the Institute for Supply Management® to establish the ability to provide for the funding of scholarships on an ongoing basis. As a result, in 2008, with funding from the Institute for Supply Management and the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation, the ISM R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program Fund was established. The fund at ISM has a goal to grow the principle to $2 million. The proceeds from this fund will provide a portion of the scholarships for future Richter Scholars.

The online application and additional information about the application process is available at


ISM Dissertation Research Grants program 

Completed application packets are due March 31st, 2016.

The ISM Dissertation Grant Program welcomes applications from doctoral students in supply management and closely related areas. The call is open to all students worldwide and is intended to support outstanding doctoral work in the field. The doctoral student must defend his/her dissertation proposal by the time of the application.

ISM intends to award one first-place winner $20,000 and two runners-up $5,000 each. Winners will receive half of the grant upon award and half upon completion of the dissertation. Each recipient has three years from the date of the award to complete the dissertation.

Visit ISM online at for general eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions for the ISM Dissertation Research Grant.


ISM Capital One Scholarship

Completed application packets are due March 31st, 2016.

In partnership with Capital One, ISM is excited to announce a call for applications for the Capital One Scholarship. Students in supply management or related fields are eligible to apply. Capital One and ISM are committed to cultivating a Supply Chain environment that is diverse, innovative and disruptive. To that end, we strongly encouraged applicants that bring varied cultural perspectives, diverse backgrounds and/or and innovative/disruptive mindset to apply.

Here’s How it Works…

What do I prepare to be considered?

Submit a one-page essay addressing one of the following topics:

1. Why I chose supply management as my major
2. What I see as the future of supply management
3. An innovative/disruptive concept I have for supply management

How do I qualify?

- Must be a current ISM student member
- Must be available to attend ISM2016 Annual conference May 15-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Submit application and responses here by Wednesday March 16, 2016

What’s in it for me?

- Scholarship winners will receive a complimentary registration the Emerging Professionals Experience at ISM2016
- $1,000 toward travel expenses for the event
- Recognition on Tuesday, May 17 at the Connection Reception where other scholars and top level executives will be networking.

Note: student membership is fee free. Sign up today!

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