A social enterprise pioneer in her native Taiwan, Shirlyn Yen was awarded the prestigious Riley Family Scholarship to study for an MBA at Imperial College Business School.

Shirlyn Yen“I’m one of the founding members of UnLtd Taiwan, a programme set up in 2014 to support social enterprise in Taiwan. We provide training and mentoring, as well as access to grant funding. The aim is to use business thinking to amplify the impact of enterprises that aim to do good in society. We work with entrepreneurs in various fields, from supporting older people to live independent lives to improving agricultural and food standards.

Why did I choose to study at Imperial? The Business School is renowned for finance and entrepreneurship, which resonates with my future career goals around social entrepreneurship and investment for social impact. London is also one of the most dynamic cities for the social impact sector, making networking much easier.

I received the Riley Family Scholarship, which covers my fees and living expenses. Thanks to the scholarship, I can study at Imperial without being burdened financially. That means when I finish my MBA, I won’t be under any pressure to find a job in a sector with higher salaries. I can keep working in social impact, the field I love, and where I want to build my career.

I was at work when I received an email saying that I’d been accepted for the scholarship. I actually shouted for joy. Discovering that I had been selected for such a competitive scholarship was one of the best moments of my life.”

The Riley Family Scholarship was established in 2015 thanks to the generous contributions of Stuart and Joanna Riley.