Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. International Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Ms. Retail Queen
GRE 322, GPA 3.6
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96

How To Secure MBA Scholarships

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Why You Should Consider Local Partnerships For MBAs

Business schools across the country are partnering with their communities to offer opportunities to MBAs to grow local economies.

Margaret Loftus, a contributor at US News, recently wrote about how MBAs are making use of these local partnerships.

How Partnerships Help MBAs

Experts say partnerships with local businesses or nonprofits enable MBAs to learn outside the classroom while giving back to the community.

“These programs give students experience, and the business or nonprofit receives perspective and expertise that they wouldn’t otherwise have the resources for,” Juliane Iannarelli, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at AACSB International, which accredits business schools, tells US News.

At Harvard Business School, the Board Fellows and Social Enterprise Consulting Club works directly with local nonprofit organizations to solve specific their unique problems.

“These consulting projects provide our members with an opportunity to practice skills they’re learning in the classroom and also to better understand how nonprofit, community-based organizations operate,” Sara Gentile, who graduated from HBS in 2016, writes. “Students have the opportunity to truly own and manage their projects.”

At Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, part-time MBAs complete a three-credit consulting project with an Indianapolis company. Students are matched with companies in five industries –including high tech, and manufacturing – conduct market research and develop an operational plan.

Dave Nachand, a part-time MBA candidate at Kelley, says the three-month project was a major commitment that helped him develop as a consultant.

“I took it on because I wanted to grow my consulting skills and grow my career that way,” he tells US News.

On top of developing his own career, Nachand says, the experience gave him a sense of belonging in the community.

“Indiana is a good manufacturing state – something we take pride in,” he tells US News. “You want to be a part of that; you want to have a sense of belonging.”

Better Job Opportunities Post Grad

On top of helping students develop their skills, local partnerships can also present more job opportunities for MBAs post grad.

“The best way to rise above the competitive pack is to distinguish yourself with internships and experiential engagements,” Cliff Holekamp, academic director for entrepreneurship at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, tells US News. “Local entrepreneurial firms provide students opportunity for greater impact on the organization, thus enriching the quality of their work experiences. This helps students develop more compelling personal narratives” with which to compete for opportunities at top international firms.”

The partnerships can be especially helpful for MBAs looking to build a network.

“We want students to get off campus and into the St. Louis community,” Holekamp tells US News. “That’s how they build a network here and end up staying.”

Sources: US News, Harvard Business School

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