Student Spotlight: David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management, Scholarship Recipient Samuel Oppelt

Professional Development

The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, created the David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management to help develop the next generation of Supply Chain leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The goals of the 2023 program were as follows:

  •     Attract foodservice focused students to careers and organizations related to industry Supply Chain Management
  •     Empower individuals invested in restaurants and foodservice through financial and programmatic support
  •     Advance skills and retention of current industry professionals to support retention

These scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to foodservice and the restaurant industry who express a deep interest in supply chain management.

A total of five scholarships were recently awarded and we are featuring each of them individually.

David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management Scholarship Recipient:  Samuel Oppelt

School: University of South Carolina - Columbia

Major/Field of Study: Accounting & Supply Chain Management

About: Sam is a junior major in accounting and supply chain management. He was drawn to this field because he enjoys the complex relationship of how companies keep track of and present their financials. Supply chain management exposed him to the importance of creating systems that properly track and manage goods and services along the supply chain. He was always drawn to the art of service and the restaurant industry, and through his education and this major, he realized he can marry those passions. He is also pursuing his Lean Six Sigma Certification.

Author: Supply Chain Scene