CENTER VALLEY, Pa .– Penn State Lehigh Valley student Hemil Patel was recently selected to receive a 2021 scholarship from Sigma Beta Delta (SBD), the international honor society for students of business, management and administration.
Patel, a fourth-year project and supply chain management student who will graduate in December, has been selected from thousands of SBD members from across the United States. The price includes $ 1,000.
PSU-LV has had an SBD chapter on campus for approximately 15 years. According to the organization’s website, its mission is “to encourage and recognize the scholarship and achievements of business, management and administrative students, and to encourage and promote aspirations for self-improvement. and professional and to a life characterized by honorable service to humanity. Sigma Beta Delta was created to honor students who have achieved senior records in business programs at schools and colleges with regional accreditation.
Marketing professor Denise Ogden nominated Patel for the award. She noted that this is the third time that a PSU-LV student has received the award.
“Hemil is a perfect illustration of what Penn State is. He gets involved, develops his skills and cares about others – he’s a well-rounded Penn Stater, ”said Ogden. “He’s such a good student. He’s the kind of student who never complains about extra work or getting involved.
Working hard to achieve personal goals and giving back are two major motivations for Patel, who came to the United States from India in 2016 and recently became a naturalized citizen. He and his family moved to Breinigsville, where they still live.
From the start, Patel planned to pursue a career in business, but wanted a specific area of study. Ultimately, he said, he chose PSU-LV because of its Project and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) program and the employment potential of the field.
“It is a unique major with high growth opportunities. There are so many warehouses in Lehigh Valley and the PSU-LV supply chain program is so well known, ”he said.
Ogden said Patel encountered challenges when he started college, but worked hard to overcome them through his involvement on campus.
“English is not his first language, and he has been involved in activities to overcome his shyness and improve his language skills, including Lions Ambassadors, which has helped him develop his speaking skills. public speaking, ”Ogden said.
“When I started and attended the welcoming of new students, the keynote speaker said one thing that stuck in my mind: getting involved in a lot of things on campus,” Patel said. “This is the first thing I decided to do.
Since then, Patel has held a number of leadership roles on campus including Founder and President of Campus Cricket Club, Member of the Student Expenses Committee, 2020-21 Tour Director for Lion Ambassadors, 2019-2020 CFO for THON Campus. and participating in the Regional Business Case Competition for three consecutive years, the last two of which his team finished in first place.
Patel has served as a peer tutor for several classes in the PSCM program and has also completed work studies, providing administrative support to the admissions, financial aid, registrar and bursar offices. And his involvement doesn’t stop at campus – he has volunteered at Sixth Street Shelter and Saucon Valley Manor.
Patel said he was motivated to do whatever he could for others.
“When I came here from India, I thought about the extent of the need,” he said. “When I was presented with the opportunity to help at Sixth Street Shelter, I said yes. It was my birthday and I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend it.
Ogden said Patel’s good work outside of the classroom will stand him in good stead in the long run.
“In college, students have what are called high impact experiences,” she said. “Extracurricular activities are high impact experiences. Yes, they help develop skills and resumes, but these are events that are remembered for years after graduation. Hemil will always remember the case competition and his participation in the Lions Ambassadors. These are experiences that help students become leaders in the professional world.
Patel said he looks forward to life after PSU-LV. His 2021 summer internship as an area manager for Amazon’s Lehigh Valley fulfillment center has led to a full-time job posting, which he will start in January 2022. At some point, he would like go back to school for his MBA.
Extremely grateful for his time at PSU-LV and the opportunities he has been given, Patel advises other students to get involved and get to know their teachers the same way he does.
“I have been able to grow both professionally and personally and through my involvement on campus,” he said. “You’re exposed to a lot of different people – you get their input and you try to process some of their best ideas. When a teacher sees that you are a go-getter and that you are involved, they will keep you in mind for the opportunities. You never know when your connections will be needed. If you talk and share your goals with the teachers at PSU-LV, they will be 100% invested in helping you achieve those goals. … I made 100% the right decision in coming to Penn State Lehigh Valley.