Booth Expands Resources for Veterans

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The University of Chicago celebrated our military-affiliated students in November with an annual recognition event and keynote speech from alumnus and former marine Eric Gleacher, MBA ’67, who has established a permanent scholarship fund for veterans seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth. The formation of a new university-wide Office for Military-Affiliated Communities was also announced in November, which amplifies the range of programs, support services, and partnerships already in place.

Chicago Booth has a history of commitment to diversity and inclusion that values applicants from all walks of life and industry backgrounds, including those coming from military services around the globe. Booth recently doubled its contributions under the Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Qualifying veterans now receive up to $30,000 in benefits from the school. This is a significant expansion of Booth’s participation in the program, which has been in place at the school since 2008.

Our Armed Forces Group (AFG) within the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs is active in supporting veterans throughout every stage of their MBA journey. In addition to student life activities, AFG members also enjoy connecting with prospective students who are veterans who are interested in applying to Chicago Booth. The AFG strives to build a strong professional network of Booth alumni and students with current and previous military experience by hosting social activities and helping students who are seeking new jobs by providing career coaching, resume workshops, and interview preparation.

Last year, the University partnered with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to establish ARL Central, a regional headquarters for research and technology development based at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The joint venture allowed ARL researchers to interact in new ways with leading scientists and researchers at the University of Chicago and other collaborating universities in the areas of materials and data sciences. Some faculty have focused their studies on improving healthcare for veterans. For instance, professor Robert L. Grossman is collaborating with the Boston VA to develop a system that will allow better analysis of one of the nation’s largest datasets for cancer genomics and clinical data.

Veterans Voices Within the Evening and Weekend MBA Program

Last year, some of our Evening and Weekend MBA students and alumni who are either active duty or veterans wrote a series of blogs that connect their military experience with the Booth experience. Hear from a former Navy lieutenant, learn about matching military experience with business knowledge, the journey from Navy lieutenant to tech sales, and insight from a former special forces officer.

The application fee is waived for all military-affiliated candidates, so start your application today »