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This is the third installment in a series highlighting the Class of 2018 recipients of the 1898 Scholarship—exceptional MBA candidates who exemplify our unique community. Through the continued generous support of alumni and friends of Booth, we are able to help our students unlock their true potential, thereby propelling future leaders to confidently navigate the uncertainties of a rapidly changing world.

When Drew Davidhizar was a boy, he traveled with his parents by car from Michigan to Texas to visit extended family. On those road trips through America’s heartland twice every year, Davidhizar developed one of his first passions: politics.

“You get into certain sections of, say, Southern Illinois, where there isn’t much FM radio,” the current Booth student says.

“So my family listened to a lot of talk radio and had discussions about politics.”

These lively family political discussions during days-long car rides left a lasting impression on Davidhizar. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he majored in political science, minored in history, and completed a summer internship at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, based in Washington, DC.

After graduating with distinction and completing three more internships in DC, Davidhizar joined the staff of Congressman Jeb Hensarling. Most recently, Davidhizar worked for the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Some of his analytic research can be found in supporting material for the Financial CHOICE Act.

When Davidhizar began considering business schools, he sought out a strong student community. “I met very helpful people at other schools I considered, but it just seemed people in the Booth community were genuinely excited about the school,” he says. As a student, he is active in the Investment Banking Group and does volunteer work with Upward Bound.

Post Booth, Davidhizar wants to enter banking and eventually lead a fintech startup, and he’s grateful for the support of the 1898 Scholarship. When alumni and friends of Booth give, he says, “I think it’s something that pays dividends in the long run.”