Troy: The Civic Scholars Program is a holistic support system disguised as a scholarship. You get the rigor and stretch of a Booth MBA, combined with a deep roster of professors, community leaders, students, and alumni all pulling together to bridge the spaces between profit and purpose and drive change for the common good.
Aleena: I joined Booth's Civic Scholar Program for its unique emphasis on analytical rigor paired with a drive for social impact. I felt that I fit in with the students in the program—which was significant, because I did not feel that way in other, more traditional MBA student groups.
I had always had aspirations to go to business school, but I was convinced I had to abandon part of my social impact background in order to be a viable candidate or to fit in with fellow students. The Civic Scholars Program showed me that this wasn't at all the case. In fact, my approach to business and social sector issues could be strengthened by one another to enact positive change in new and exciting ways.
What impact has it made on your career? What learnings have you been able to apply in your job?
Kelly: While I'm still quite early in my time at Booth, I am able to apply practical learnings to my work daily. For example, one of the first classes I took was focused on making better decisions. As the head of strategy and investments at my organization, I make decisions that impact my team, our donors, our grantees, and our overall impact daily. The frameworks and tools I was provided to examine my own biases have allowed me to step back and make better decisions and coach those around me to do the same. I have a much stronger awareness of the links between different parts of the social sector through the community I've built with my fellow Neubauer Civic Scholars, and between different sectors more broadly through conversation and connection with other students. This awareness is helping me see my work through a new lens.