Conestoga news

April 24, 2017 7:50 AM

Business student awarded national scholarship

Renee Newton, a student in the International Business Management degree program, has been awarded a $1,000 National Scholarship from the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Canada’s largest association for supply chain management professionals.

International Business Management student, Renee Newton, has been awarded a $1,000 National Scholarship from the Supply Chain Management Association. L-R Gary Hallam, executive dean, School of Business & Hospitality; Renee Newton; faculty member Leopold Koff

The SCMA funds an ongoing scholarship program to assist supply chain management students who have shown academic excellence and who demonstrate a passion for contributing to the sector. Applicants must reside in Canada and be enrolled in a full-time supply chain related program at a Canadian college or university for the academic year. The SCMA only awards five national scholarships each year.

Newton said she was surprised to learn she had been selected as a recipient given applications were invited from across the country. She plans to pursue a career in supply chain management and has just completed her second year in the IBM program. 

“The hands-on learning and real-life scenarios we’re evaluated on are really relevant to the industry,” said Newton. “I can take what I learn in my supply chain class and apply it immediately at my co-op placement.”

In addition to her studies in the classroom, Newton also works on campus as a Student Ambassador. Throughout the year she provides walking tours to students and parents, participates in recruitment events and sits on student panels that speak to prospective high school students.

"Renee has made two very important decisions in her career development,” said faculty member Leopold Koff, Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP). “First, to pursue a degree with specialization in the field of supply chain management where there is an ongoing high demand for skilled people. Second, to work towards achieving the CSCMP designation from the SCMA. The combination will set her path to a great future.”

Conestoga’s four-year, co-op Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management program, delivered at the honours level, is designed to prepare students to manage international business endeavours. The goal is to provide graduates with the ability to bring people, processes, and technology together to achieve improved performance in domestic or international enterprises.At the end of Year 2, students have the option of specializing in Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management or Marketing Management, or continuing in the general stream.

Conestoga also offers a three-year Supply Chain and Operations Management advanced diploma program and a two-year diploma in Business Administration - Purchasing to prepare students for successful careers in the growing field of supply chain management.