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June 7, 2021 10:15 AM, EDT

J.B. Hunt Boosts Supply Chain Inclusivity With $1 Million Scholarship Fund

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services and the University of Arkansas jointly endowed a $1 million scholarship fund June 2 to advance supply chain sustainability and inclusivity.

The Inclusion in Supply Chain Endowed Scholarship Fund will establish an ongoing program to encourage students to pursue supply chain careers.

“Since launching our collaboration in December, we have identified several opportunities to improve inclusion and sustainability that we are excited to ignite,” Shelley Simpson, chief commercial officer and executive vice president of people and human resources at J.B. Hunt, said in a statement. “These funds will help jump-start immediate needs while creating a long-term initiative to ensure that pursuing a career in supply chain is available to everyone.”

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Scholarship recipients must be enrolled at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, working toward an undergraduate degree in supply chain and demonstrate their potential to advance inclusivity.

“Through our multiple collaborations, J.B. Hunt is helping us redefine aspects of the supply chain and shape the industry’s future leaders,” Matt Waller, dean at Walton College, said in a statement. “Together, we’ve addressed topics such as thought leadership, executive education, innovation, undergraduate studies, and now inclusion and sustainability, all in a quest to create a fantastic future where supply chains are efficient and effective.”

J.B. Hunt also contributed $250,000 to boost current inclusion initiatives at Walton College.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. ranks No. 4 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. It also ranks No. 5 on the TT list of the 50 largest logistics companies in North America. — Transport Topics

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