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Imperial College Business School offers significant scholarship funding to the most talented applicants for the Full-Time MBA. There’s a large range of scholarships available, and all self-funded candidates are automatically considered for all scholarship schemes for which they meet the eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Below, we find out more about some of the scholarship recipients in the Full-Time MBA class of 2018-19, including why they chose to study at Imperial and what receiving a scholarship meant for them.

Ayoub Abi Rafeh

Ayoub Abi Rafeh

Advisory Board Scholarship

Ayoub has more than five years of experience between Oil and Gas and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), most recently with Henkel in the Middle East. He was awarded an Advisory Board Scholarship, and is looking forward to enhancing his theoretical business knowledge, discovering the world’s best student city, and building on his soft skills.

Why did you choose Imperial College London Business School?

“I am positive that the MBA at Imperial College Business School will help me develop and nurture ideas that will impact my life and the life of others. I not only desire to gain deeper knowledge of my chosen discipline, but also to acquire a business acumen, to discover more cultures, and to blend my own cultural experience with the community I am living in.”

Temitope Adedoyin

Temitope Adedoyin

Riley Family Scholarship

Temitope has nearly four years of experience in consulting, having worked across two of the big 4 firms in Nigeria, advising clients on various issues ranging from business plans and operating models to defining strategy. Her most recent role was Consultant at Deloitte, where she led and supported teams in solving client problems around process improvement, and was also chosen to be a Spokesperson for the Deloitte Africa Millennial Advisory Board.

Why did you choose Imperial College London Business School?

“I picked Imperial because of its focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, which will enable me develop new ways of thinking that will be useful post-MBA. I was part of the millennial board at my last place of work, which was a group of young people the Deputy-CEO appointed to build an internal innovation ecosystem. That was my first interaction with innovation in the workplace, and my motivation for choosing the college.”

Robert Carter

Robert Carter

Future Leaders, Imperial Loyalty Bursary

Robert has spent the last seven years working as an engineer developing electric and hybrid car technology for a small research and development company, where he has been involved in projects such as the development of electric motor technology for hybrid buses and of a multi-million pound electric sports car. He studied his MEng Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial from 2007-11.

What did receiving a scholarship mean for you?

“I remember the excitement I felt when I received the email notifying me of the scholarship and I feel particularly grateful to have received the award. Without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to accept my offer to study at the business school and so it makes the whole experience of being back at Imperial even more enjoyable.”

Anirudh Dastidar

Anirudh Dastidar

Advisory Board Scholarship

Anirudh worked for Amazon for eight years prior to starting on the Full-Time MBA. He worked as a Software Development Engineer in the Amazon Marketplace team in Seattle, and then as a Technical Program manager in the Dynamic Advertising and Global Talent Management Tech teams in Edinburgh. Prior to Amazon, he also worked at Samsung Electronics and IBM.

Anirudh was made one of Visit Scotland’s Community Ambassadors in 2018, the only Indian citizen on the roster, based on his expertise of travelling across Scotland by public transport and helping hundreds of public-transport travellers with tips on his travel blog.

What did receiving a scholarship mean for you?

“I come from a less privileged background, and to do my first masters I took a massive financial risk. But in India, and in my family, there is big emphasis on: ‘we can take a risk if there is education involved’. One of the main essays for the scholarship involved describing how I overcame adversity to excel in education, which is what got me to where I am today. It is very much in line with the Imperial ethos and the Imperial way of thinking. Thanks to the scholarship, I am able to attend a number of networking events and conferences across London to learn as much outside the classroom as I learn during lectures whilst being an ambassador for the business school.”

Katia Fox

Katia Fox

Forté Fellowship

Katia worked for software company Ceridian in Toronto for three years before starting on the MBA programme, as both a Product Consultant and Application Consultant. She was also the Co-Founder and Organiser of Hip Hop Week Montreal, a non-profit, community project dedicated to hip hop, community and education, in 2015. She has a BSc degree in Mathematics and Biology from McGill University, and was awarded Forté Fellowship to help fund her MBA studies.

What did receiving a scholarship mean for you?

“It made things much easier. Without it I may have had to take a part-time position while I was at school, which would have definitely decreased my ability to participate in projects and collaborate with people.”

India Love

India Love

Forté Fellowship, Entrepreneurship Scholarship

India had been working in Operations for nine years, with her most recent position being a travel operations role at engineering tech start up Andela in New York City. She has an undergraduate degree from New York University in liberal arts, music and performing arts. In her spare time she has undertaken business development consulting work through a company called Minority Fortune, which she started. It began as a personal finance advice blog aimed at black millennials in the states, which she expanded into working with organisations in the urban black communities in New York, helping them to start businesses.

Why did you choose Imperial College London Business School?

“Imperial had a strong brand, it is positioned in London which has tonnes of connections, resources and organisations to expose myself to. It is a great place with a great student body to make connections with.”

Daniela Mingham

Daniela Mingham

Future Leaders

Daniela has a Master’s degree in Mathematics, and began her career as an Analyst for Tesco. After working as a Senior Business Analyst for Thomsons Online Benefits, she then had a career change and became a Teacher of Mathematics, before opening a new Sixth Form College and taking on the position of Head of Sixth Form & Director of Studies at Hampton Court House. Born and bred in London, studying for an MBA was something she was interested in since graduating, and she hopes to develop the marketing, finance and budgeting skills she used when opening the sixth form.

What did receiving a scholarship mean for you?

“It was essential financially, but also it gave me confidence, because I feel like my background is not traditional. It made me feel like I can apply for the jobs I didn’t think I was previously qualified for, because if Imperial think I warrant a scholarship maybe I am quite good! It was really motivating for me to get the most out of the programme.”

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