MCCC Alumna, Nunana Honutse, Earns John Galt Solutions $10,000 Scholarship

by Marcya Roberts

Trenton, N.J. – Trenton resident Nunana Honutse, a business administration alumna of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) who is pursuing a bachelor degree in supply chain management with a minor in business analytics from Rider University, was recently the recipient of the John Galt Solutions $10,000 Scholarship for Future Supply Chain Leaders. She was selected from 135 undergraduate students.

The purpose of the scholarship is to help support the next generation of expert forecasters, demand planners and supply chain leaders according to John Galt Solutions, the sponsoring company that offers business forecasting and supply chain solutions. The award is offered two times a year.

“I did not expect to get this scholarship at all,” said Honutse. “It was a real surprise to me.”

Honutse, who moved to the United States from Ghana in 2017, graduated from MCCC in 2019. She was an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student while at Mercer County Community College -- a program that provides financial assistance and support services to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

During her time at Mercer, Honutse participated in case competitions and other events in addition to her regular classes. Her team emerged first in the 2019 New Jersey Rutgers Business School competition -- an annual event that provides county college students the experience of taking part in a real world business case competition where students work as teams and strive to develop the best solution to a business case study.

Honutse stated that Mercer was instrumental in advancing her education and direction, and she is grateful for her advisers Andrea Lynch and Laura Sosa who helped her get into Rider University, where she is now a senior.

“Both advisors were great, and all played a role in my education,” said Honutse.

Sosa, who was also Honutse’s economics and business case coach, was delighted to hear the news about her former student. She said, “Nunana was always a very driven student at Mercer and I am thrilled that her efforts have been recognized with this impressive scholarship from John Galt Solutions.” She continued, “Nunana’s journey at MCCC was transformational as she took advantage of many opportunities. I am so proud of her continued accomplishments at Rider.”

Honutse expressed that being a member of the Education Opportunity Fund allowed her to network with other individuals as well.

“Through the events that I attended I learned so much,” she said. 
“Two memorable events from EOF were the MARK conference which was at Rutgers University and the African American Student Leadership Experience (AASLE) Conference in Washington.”

With regard to the John Galt Scholarship, Honutse explained that she had applied for other scholarships during prior years and had “a lot of rejections.”

“I did not expect to win this scholarship because I thought I was not ‘the right recipient,'” she said.

Honutse’s advice to other students is to engage in activities outside the classroom and not to hesitate about applying for scholarships.

“Some of the opportunities that I have are because I showed up when no one else did,” explained Honutse. “Read your emails and check with professors because there are lots of opportunities available if you show up and ask. Take that extra mile and see where it takes you. Do not be afraid to fail because it only makes you better and stronger.”

Honutse’s immediate plans include paying off her student loans and continuing with her education.

“I am thinking about graduate school next,” said Honutse.

Ultimately, Honutse plans to use her knowledge of supply chain and technology to address food insecurity. “Eventually, I want to start my own business,” she said.


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Mercer County Community College alumna, Nunana Honutse, was recently awarded the $10,000 John Galt Scholarship for Future Supply Chain Leaders. Honutse, a Trenton resident,  moved to the United States from Ghana in 2017 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in supply chain management with a minor in business analytics from Rider University. Photo courtesy of Nunana Honutse.