The AWESOME Excellence in Education Scholarship is only awarded to five women nationally each year.
This year, Auburn University celebrates its first recipient in the school’s history.
AWESOME is the leading organization for women’s leadership in supply chain management, a male-dominated field.
“It’s kind of crazy,” said Lauren McGlon, Auburn’s scholarship recipient. “The scholarship has been around since 2013 and has picked such amazing women in the past.”
“My proudest moment during this experience is that hopefully it will open the door and it publicizes this award, letting people know that they can obtain it at Auburn,” McGlon said. “Hopefully more people will try to pursue it in the future and more women will be leaders.”
McGlon is a senior majoring in supply chain management and minoring in sustainability studies.
However, Lauren was not majoring in supply chain management initially.
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“I was originally majoring in international business with a minor in French, “ McGlon said. “I originally wanted to travel and do business things, but when I was a freshman, I didn’t know what that meant. The more I learned about supply chain, I found out that there were more opportunities in that. It’s a lot like a puzzle, and I grew up loving puzzles. It keeps you really engaged, and you have some strategic thinking behind it.”
McGlon already has a detailed plan for her future.
For her short-term plans, she hopes to find a job right after college where she can source and buy materials for her employer’s business.
Long-term, however, McGlon hopes to go into sustainable sourcing.
In this field, her job would be to make sure that her employer’s company is environmentally conscious in their labor, materials and energy usage.
“So, in business, the triple bottom line is people, profit and planet, so incorporating the planet into that is very important to me,” McGlon said.
According to McGlon, the AWESOME Scholarship is an organization that looks to elevate women and surround them with other women leaders.
The applications are sent out to several universities and colleges with highly respected supply chain management programs.
McGlon added that when the application was sent to Auburn, no one had really heard of the program before.
“The organization picks out five women who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and potential, so basically the future leaders in women’s supply chain management,” McGlon added.
With funding from the AWESOME Scholarship, McGlon attended the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.
“They are actually trying to put us in these experiences for free,” McGlon said. “They pay for our travel, hotels and conference registrations. It’s amazing.”
In May, she will attend the AWESOME Symposium, which will be located in either Chicago or Seattle.
On Auburn’s campus, McGlon is an executive ambassador in the Auburn Supply Chain Management Association and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Off campus, she is part of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
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