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Catching Up with an MHEFI Scholarship Recipient


The journey from a music degree to a career in supply chain management may not sound like a logical pathway, but for Jerimy Logan, it made sense.

He received his undergraduate degree in music from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, then worked as an office manager for a granite and marble company while pursuing a career in music. “One of my job responsibilities was managing shipments into and out of the company, which introduced me to transportation and logistics,” said Logan.

His experience with the company led Logan to go back to school. He received his master’s degree in supply chain management from Loyola University in Chicago in 2019. While at Loyola, he received a scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI).

The MHEFI has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1976. The foundation is an independent charitable organization dedicated to supporting the study of material handling, logistics and supply chain, exposing students to the many career opportunities in the industry.

More than 1,000 students and educators have benefitted from MHEFI support since 1976.

“There are not a lot of graduate school scholarships available, so it was a nice surprise to find it in my research for scholarships,” said Logan. “I found the profiles of previous award winners on the MHI website and realized that I was a good candidate for the scholarship. My education is self-financed, so the extra funds helped reduce what I had to borrow.”

Today, Logan is a service delivery manager at TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson. He has been with the company for four years and manages teams in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Poland and China.

“I like working in the logistics area because there are always problems to solve and clear solutions to those problems,” said Logan. “In my experience, supply chain areas allow you to learn and become better at the job every day, and career opportunities are more dependent on the results of your work than on office politics.”

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