At the Oxford University Saïd Business School, outstanding MBA candidates have the opportunity to earn the Pershing Square Foundation scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to future leaders who are in Saïd’s 1+1 MBA program, in which participants combine a specialized master’s degree with the school’s one-year MBA. Recipients of the award receive full tuition, college fees, and living expenses, plus a unique mentoring plan.
Peter Moores, Oxford Saïd dean and a professor of finance, talked about the scholarship in a recent news story calling it a “chance of a lifetime” for the recipients. “The Pershing Square Foundation’s gift will allow exceptional future leaders to gain deep knowledge and action-orientated business skills while being mentored by one of the most illustrious leaders in their fields,” he explained. “This customized, fully funded, two-year path eclipses all others. It’s simply a chance of a lifetime to help shape and develop amazing individuals who can go on to make an outstanding impact on the world.”
The six recipients for the 2017 year:
- Tim Krupa: Before attending Oxford Saïd, Krupa worked on the policy team for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; he was an advisor on youth sport and disabilities policy. His experience also includes field work in Zambia in 2013, where he researched the determinants of well-being among Zambian children.
- Vuyane Mhlomi: From Cape Town, South Africa, Mhlomi is a former Rhodes Scholar and medical doctor. He also runs a non-profit organization, the MH Foundation, which uses education to cultivate Africa’s future leaders. Also, he’s the co-founder of the Emergent Healthcare Group (EHCG), a company that commissions affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare centers.
- Tulsi Parida: Before her MBA, Parida worked for Teach for America in the Bronx. She then joined Newsela, an education tech company, before relocating to India to oversee the growth of a mobile English learning app.
- Carl Rietschel: Out of Hamburg, Germany, Rietschel is a former Boston Consulting Group employee, where he worked on major government projects and clients within the financial industry.
- Giorgio Tarraf: Tarraf is the co-founder of Save Beirut Heritage (SBH), which started as a Facebook group and transformed into a large cultural organization with more than 10,000 volunteers. So far SBH has preserved more than 120 landmarks in the Lebanese capital. Tarraf has also joined the United Nations at the office of the under-secretary-general for global communications.
- Lauren Xie: Xie is a Harvard graduate with experience working for CSIRO Australia on a project focused on improving the incomes of 10,000 small farmers in eastern Indonesia. She has worked on a variety of complex issues including deforestation as well as indigenous peoples’ rights.
To apply for the Pershing Square Scholarship—for the September 2018 intake—the deadline is January 5th, 2018. You can apply here.