Last week, Imperial College Business School hosted a Scholarship Winners’ Reception, to celebrate the major scholarship winners joining the MBA and MSc programmes in September 2018.
The 36 scholarship students enjoyed networking, drinks and canapes, as well as speeches from Dean Professor Fransisco Veloso and Associate Dean Leila Guerra.
The scholarships awarded to MSc students included:
- Social Impact Scholarship
- Women in Finance Scholarship
- Brilliant Minds Scholarship
- Future Leaders Scholarship
- Imperial 50% Alumni Scholarship
- Bseisu-Imperial College Business School Scholarship
The Bseisu-Imperial College Business School Scholarship, for high-achieving students from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon or Jordan, was a new addition to the scholarship suite. It was awarded to MSc Management student, Christine Mikhael.
Being recognised with a scholarship that acknowledges all the hard work during my undergraduate studies feels like a huge achievement for me as a women from Lebanon and as an aspiring entrepreneur.
The Social Impact Scholarship, which recognises students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and commitment to supporting their community and/or social causes, was also a newly created award. One of the Social Impact Scholarship winners was Tim Pfrogner from Germany, an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management student.
“I founded a social start-up in Tanzania, creating a water filter distribution network. The water filter is an open source technology that’s already used world-wide. We’re taking that knowledge and technology out to people in rural areas. So far our pilot project has sold over 150 water filters, providing safe and clean water for over 600 people.
I wouldn’t have been able to be here without the scholarship. I feel honoured to have received it and it reminds me of what I’ve done so far.”
Among the scholarship recipients were identical twins Rafaella and Elpida Louka from Cyprus, who are both studying MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering and were both awarded a Women in Finance scholarship.
For MBA students, the range of scholarships included:
- Forte Fellowship
- Entrepreneurship Scholarship
- Future Leaders Scholarship
- Intrapreneurship Scholarship
- Riley Family Scholarship
- Dean’s Excellence Award
- Women’s Award
Michael Stewart, a new Full-Time MBA student who received a Future Leaders scholarship, said it was great to receive the award but that it came with responsibility.
I feel that it is not a gift, it is a reward for things I have done, and it is a responsibility as well. We are in a business school which aims to form the leaders of the future, so I want to represent that in everything I do this year. I really want to get involved and discover all the possibilities Imperial has to offer.
Robert Carter, who studied his MEng Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial College London and has returned to study for the Full-Time MBA, received a Future Leaders scholarship and loyalty bursary.
“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,” said Robert.
“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.”
Sara Moradi, Research Analyst and Plasma Operations Expert, Women’s Scholarship recipient and Global Online MBA student, commented on what she was most looking forward to as part of studying an MBA.
“Getting to know a lot of talented women and men that work in different fields from myself. I’ve worked all my life with scientists. I want to come out of my comfort zone and meet people who have a different point of view about things.”
Matt Phillips, Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defence, Dean’s Excellence Award winner and Global Online MBA student, is looking forward to returning to study.
“My current job doesn’t allow me to do an in-residence course. I know I’ll be studying online, but I’ll have opportunities to do electives or exams on campus. It gives me a great excuse to come back to London and enjoy the culture and people.”