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Stanford Students Awarded Siebel Scholarship

Five Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) students have been awarded the Siebel Scholarship for exceptional leadership and academic contribution, The Stanford Daily reports.

Siebel Scholars receive $35,000 for their second year of study and join a network of over 1,600 scholars from top schools around the world, including Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, and Tsinghua University. Each year, Siebel Scholars convene at conferences to examine global issues with a network of scientists, lawmakers, and experts in search of solutions to the world’s most urgent problems.

“To date, Siebel Scholars have driven innovations in over a dozen industries, launched more than 1,100 products, authored more than 370 patents, published nearly 40 books, and more than 2,650 articles or book chapters, and managed more than $2.7 trillion in assets,” according to the Siebel Scholars Program. “Siebel Scholars represent the brightest minds from around the globe, bringing together diverse perspectives from business, science, and engineering to influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future.”

The Stanford Daily sat down with four of the Class of 2023 GSB Siebel Scholars and delve into each of their accomplishments.

Josh Rowley


Josh Rowley has a background in the field of private equity investment and is passionate about workforce development and advancing the opportunities of employees.

“One of the values that was instilled in me growing up was intellectual curiosity,” Rowley tells The Stanford Daily. “I loved learning about how the world works, and I found that investing was a really great way to exercise that. I also have always been passionate about aviation and space, and I had a chance to do investing in this sector that I was really passionate about. Finding intersections where you have passions, a skillset and something to offer was a real turning point.”

For Rowley, Stanford GSB has played an instrumental role in supporting his intellectual curiosity and fostering an environment of innovation.

“So many of my peers are focused on starting companies, looking into problems and thinking about interesting ways to solve them,” Rowley says. “The faculty is also unmatched in the academic part of the institution. It is a world-class business education. You get access to the world’s leading researchers, academics and business practitioners. The ecosystem that is created, focused around the classroom, I do not think can be matched anywhere.”

Kate Gautier


Kate Gautier doesn’t come from a stereotypical business background. She got her start in math and eventually ended up starting a company with her professor from Banard College. Her interests lie in the intersection of data, design, and technology and building solutions for challenges across a wide range of disciplines. What’s special about the Siebel Scholars Program, Gautier says, is the diverse community.

“We get connected with not only our current class of Scholars but also the alumni that have come before us,” Gautier says. “Personally, I am really grateful that it’s an interdisciplinary organization because a lot of really interesting work and interesting thinking is happening at intersections of multiple disciplines. So, to have this scholarship that’s not just about business I think is really great.”

Olivier Babin


Oliver Babin has a background in investment banking and venture capital. Babin says he ultimately chose Stanford GSB because of the human element that the business school provided.

“Stanford has an amazing school reputation and was always going to be one of my top choices. I think what reinforced it was the entrepreneurship angle of the school and the human aspect which really came through in the application process,” Babin says. “There was a human element that stood out at Stanford. The care and the expectation that everyone has to represent themselves and the organization well come across in every interaction, whether it’s the admissions team, the professors or the people that are involved in clubs. People are really nice and want to do what is best for the school and the students, which is awesome.”

Elizabeth Rosenblatt


Elizabeth Rosenblatt, J.D./MBA dual degree candidate, is interested in bringing innovation to media and telecommunications markets. Rosenblatt says Stanford GSB’s strong curriculum gave her the skills needed to succeed in business, but it was ultimately the GSB community that got her to where she’s at today.

“I owe much of where I am today to mentors that were willing to give me opportunities to try things outside my comfort zone and provide constructive guidance to help me succeed,” Rosenblatt says. “I would encourage aspiring students interested in business to seek out mentors and constructive feedback and to remember that your career is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Sources: The Stanford Daily, Siebel Scholars

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