Three Central Michigan University students were each recently recognized by The Dow Chemical Co. with a Dow/SAP Award of Excellence.
Seniors Kathryn Bates from Hubbard Lake and William Rigling from Petoskey, and graduate student Srikanth Seelam from Kurnool, India, were awarded $750 each for their outstanding academic achievement in business information systems courses supported by SAP.
“These students are being recognized for their outstanding achievement in CMU’s business information systems courses supported by SAP,” Frank Andera, director of CMU’s SAP University Alliance Program said.
Students eligible for the award must be an undergraduate majoring in management information systems or a Master of Science in Information Systems graduate student and must be enrolled in SAP course work with a minimum of one semester remaining before graduation. The scholarship is performance based on a student’s SAP course-related activity and/or their performance in the SAP Academy.
Andera said that CMU business students who study SAP are highly sought after by business and industry employers.
“We are not just teaching SAP at CMU. We are teaching an understanding of integration and better management of business processes and how to improve business functionality,” he said. “We are teaching our students better methods of identifying, quantifying, and organizing information and how it will help future employers achieve more effective use of their SAP enterprise systems.”
Started in 1972, SAP — which stands for “Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing” — is the world’s leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes across more than 26 industries to become best-run businesses.
The SAP University Alliance program is made up of over 2,000 universities and colleges worldwide and is designed to inspire and connect students from around the world interested in SAP solutions, careers and research opportunities. In its 17th year of program membership, CMU is a global leader and has been recognized by SAP Germany as an elite SAP University Alliance program in the Americas. Whereas most university alliance programs offer a maximum of two or three SAP classes to their students, CMU offers 16.
Six CMU students receive the Dow/SAP Award of Excellence each year. Since 1998, 80 students have received a total of $47,750 in funding.
In 1999, The Dow Chemical Co. donated $150,000 to establish the Dow/SAP Learning Lab, a 48-station computer facility located in Grawn Hall, to help support CMU’s SAP University Alliance Program.