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MIT SCM Announces 2023-2024 AWE Fellowship Recipients

The MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program is pleased to announce the winners from the Class of 2024 of the Advancing Women Through Education (AWE) Fellowship.

Cambridge, MA – The AWESOME award represents a significant commitment by the MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) to encourage women to prepare for and perform successfully in supply chain leadership roles. This fellowship is awarded to two women each year: one from the residential cohort and one from the blended.

Class of 2024 Award Winners

The winners from the Class of 2024 are Foyinsola Adeyemi and Maria de Loreto Cantu Villarreal. The AWE Fellowship covers full tuition for both students.

Foyinsola Adeyemi, SCMb ’24

She/Her, UG University: University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Procurement Manager at Swipha Nigeria

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In my practice as a supply chain professional, I have realized that women bring fresh perspectives and ideas which give significant advantages when implemented. We however need to learn to speak up and let our voices be heard on the strategies and solutions we bring to the table. This Fellowship will build and strengthen my capacity to create value for businesses on a larger and more global scale. It will also equip me to encourage and empower other women to strive for greater contributions to the world of Supply Chain.”

Foyinsola Adeyemi, SCMb ’24

Maria de Loreto Cantu Villarreal, SCMr 24

She/Her, UG University: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Supply Chain Analyst at OXXO

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I see significant opportunities for growth in supply chain management across Latin America, and I fiercely desire to seize that opportunity and effect meaningful change. I want to be in the vanguard of a new generation of female leaders in this field striving to unlock the potential of our economies and communities. No matter how small the changes I can make seem, I know these efforts can – like a bullwhip – generate broader effects beyond myself for my company, for my country, and for all Latin American women.”

Maria de Loreto Cantu Villarreal, SCMr ’24

UPS Fellowship

We would also like to recognize Ria Verma, an AWESOME Scholarship Finalist who was awarded the UPS Fellowship.

Ria Verma, SCMr ’24

She/Her, UG University: Arizona State University, Data and Applied Scientist at Microsoft

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Women are historically underrepresented in technical and operational fields, and I’ve seen that firsthand. Working in the supply chain, I’ve often been one of the few women in the room and I want to be a part of changing that. Exposure to cutting-edge industry practices, a supportive and driven community, and mentorship from female leaders across industries will be invaluable in my journey to becoming a leader in my space.”

Ria Verma, SCMr ’24

To view a full list of previous AWESOME fellowship awardees, click here

If you have any questions about the AWE Fellowship, please email


About the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Founded in 1973, MIT CTL is one of the world’s leading supply chain education and research centers. MIT CTL coordinates more than 100 supply chain research efforts across the MIT campus and around the globe. The center also educates students and corporate leaders in the essential principles of supply chain management and helps organizations to increase productivity and improve their environmental performance.


AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) is the supply chain profession’s most active and prominent organization focused on advancing women’s supply chain leadership. Involving more than 1,200 senior executives in a wide range of supply chain roles, AWESOME provides opportunities for networking, collaboration, and professional development. In addition to an annual industry-wide symposium and other events and programs, AWESOME recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding women supply chain leaders by presenting the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award each year and fields several initiatives to support and encourage supply chain as an area of study among young women. To learn more and review the criteria for network membership, visit

About the MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program (MIT SCM)

Founded in 1998 by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), MIT SCM attracts a diverse group of talented and motivated students from across the globe. Students work directly with researchers and industry experts on complex and challenging problems in all aspects of supply chain management. MIT SCM students propel their classroom and laboratory learning straight into industry. They graduate from our programs as thought leaders ready to engage in an international, highly competitive marketplace.

Media Contact: Lisa Kim