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SCM Scholars of Distinction

SCM Scholars of Distinction Group ShotScholars of Distinction is an undergraduate honors program identifying top-performing supply chain management students across all academic years.

While in the program, scholars receive individualized career development assistance as well as access to unique professional development and networking opportunities through a variety of events and workshops specific to this program. Scholars of Distinction have the honor and privilege of participating in a special session of the Supply Chain Forum each semester where they are able to connect and interact with senior level executives at Forum Partner companies.

Sessions are designed to strengthen and refine career goals, sharpen interview and presentation skills, enhance professional acumen, and allow additional exposure to elite companies that recruit at the university.

Program Benefits

  • Build Connections – Get to know your professors and make professional connections.
  • Engage Your Field – Learn from experienced SCM professionals and top company recruiters.
  • Participate in Mentorship – Partner with underclassmen and upperclassmen SCM majors through our peer mentor program.
  • Develop Professionally - Strengthen and refine career goals, sharpen interview and presentation skills, and enhance professional acumen.
  • Network with Employers – Connect with SCM executives and recruiters from leading global companies through exclusive access to Supply Chain Forum events and other unique scholar opportunities.

Basic Academic Criteria

Students who meet the following criteria based on their academic year receive an email invitation to apply the end of the semester prior to admission. Selection criteria includes academic excellence, campus leadership, community service, and work experience.

To apply, students submit the application form, a one-page resume (PDF), and short responses to questions about their current goals pertaining to supply chain.

Note: This is a semester-to-semester program; therefore, students must reapply each semester.


  • Declared Supply Chain Management (SCM) Major
  • GPA of 3.70 or greater


  • Declared SCM Major
  • B or better in Calculus
  • GPA 3.5+  


  • Declared SCM Major
  • Overall GPA 3.25 or better
  • B or better in Stats 201 and BA 242
  • B+ or better in BUAD 331


  • Declared SCM Major
  • Overall GPA 3.25 or better
  • B+ or better in SCM 309
  • Internship or Co-op required

On behalf of the supply chain department, thank you for your interest in the SCM Scholars of Distinction program. Please direct questions to Cole Burns at burns@utk.edu.