Student Spotlight: NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient William Teague


The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, created a scholarship to help develop the next generation of Supply Chain leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Goals of the 2020 program were as follows:

  • Attract foodservice focused students to careers and organizations related to industry Supply Chain Management
  • Empower individuals invested in restaurants and foodservice through financial and programmatic support
  • Advance skills and retention of current industry professionals to support retention

These scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to foodservice and the restaurant industry who express a deep interest in supply chain management.

A total of eight $5,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship were recently awarded and we are featuring each of them individually.

NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient William Teague

Home: Brooklyn, New York

Class Status Fall 2020: College Junior

College: New York University

Major/Field of Study: Supply Chain Management and Operations

Years Working in Restaurant Industry: 8

Longest Restaurant Employer: Glen’s Garden Market

Award Amount: $5,000

What are your plans in the industry? My short term goals are to understand how larger companies, with a bigger budget than restaurants I've worked at in the past, operate and communicate with their suppliers and production teams. Once I'm satisfied with that, I want to commit to a food distributor firm to learn global procurement so I can understand the communication and fiscal process. My long term goal is to lead a team that focuses on sustainable supply chain management, whilst maintaining a profit.

Quote: I would like to make the supplier-to-restaurant relationship more symbiotic. If I could make it so restaurants get great quality food by setting up an efficient supply chain for that specific community, that would be a great impact to make. I would love it if I could take my passion of getting great food from close by, and share it with them.

Author: Supply Chain Scene