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We meet this year’s Cambridge MBA scholars and hear how their journey has started.

Each year we award several scholarships and bursaries to students who have demonstrated significant progression in their industry, achieved outstanding academic results, and show a commitment to the values and ethos of Cambridge Judge Business School.

This year we have over fifteen scholars who won awards covering a range of subjects, from Entrepreneurship and Technology to continent specific such as South American and European, with students coming from backgrounds in finance, consultancy, engineering and healthcare, among others. Here is an introduction to a few of them.

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Rahul Agarwal (MBA 2018)

Rahul Agarwal, originally from India and with a background in Engineering and science. Rahul had worked in the USA for a number of years establishing a last mile logistics business. He was delighted to be awarded the Entrepreneurship Scholarship and felt it was a recognition of all the hard work in his startup journey. He hopes to work with likeminded individuals across the class this coming year and he expects his MBA journey to shape his next venture.

“I am looking forward to working with likeminded individuals across the class this coming year and I expect my MBA journey to shape my next venture.”

South American Bursary

Aline Borges received the South American Bursary this year and has a background in International Human Resources in Mexico and the Caribbean whilst working for Unilever. Brazilian born, she has ambitions of influencing the next generation of leaders in her home country after her MBA. She will measure her success on the impact she can make in supporting others to achieve their purpose through organisational change.

“I will measure my success on the impact I hope to make in supporting others to achieve their purpose through organisational change.”

Middle East Bursary

Lebanese national Salim Chedrawi received the Middle East Bursary. Coming from the Management Consultancy world of blue chip PwC, he was part of a team leading their smart learning environment solutions to schools and students. Salim has a passion for technological trends and his goal is to leverage the MBA and its global community to find ways to increase public and private collaboration and stimulate development across information technologies in the Middle East.

“I hope to build lasting relationships and expand my network to interact in a context that accentuates my business management capabilities.”

The Forté Foundation Fellows Scholarship

Rebecca Kilbane (MBA 2018)
Rebecca Kilbane (MBA 2018)

This year there were two scholarships awarded by the Forté Foundation, a new partnership for Cambridge Judge Business School. Forté Foundation is a non-profit organisation which champions women’s progression within business through access to education. Natalia Dziergwa and Rebecca Kilbane will both have access to a range of additional resources and support throughout their Cambridge MBA and Forté Fellowship.

Polish born Natalia Dziergwa is financing her own MBA and is really honoured and excited to be one of the first to be awarded the The Forté Foundation Fellows Scholarship under the new partnership for the Cambridge MBA. She came from a career in AI with IBM and wishes to further her career in this same sector. Natalia is passionate about AI together with social innovation so intends to combine the two as her career develops. She aims to focus on her leadership and communication skills and to take more risks as part of her MBA journey this year.

“I am passionate about artificial intelligence together with social innovation and I hope to take more risks in exploring these sectors as part of my MBA journey this year.”

Rebecca Kilbane has a background in both the social entrepreneurship and tech sector. She intends to combine these passions in the future to improve access to health care for underserved communities. Rebecca’s goal for the MBA is to build strong relationships with her fellow classmates and learn as much as possible. Both Rebecca and Natalia are delighted and honoured to step into the role of Forté scholars for the first time on the Cambridge MBA.

“I am delighted and honoured to step into the role of Forté scholar for the first time on the Cambridge MBA.”

LGBTQ+ Scholarship

An additional inaugural scholarship has been created this year, the LGBTQ+ Scholarship. This inaugural scholarship is awarded to MBA applicants who are passionate about this community and will lead initiatives at the School across their MBA year. This year we have awarded this to Russian born student Andrei Starkov, who has a background in retail marketing across Europe whilst based in London. Andrei says he has always been passionate about diversity and equality and feels LGBTQ+ awareness plays an important role in the workplace and he strongly believes that modern organisations can no longer afford to ignore these issues. He cites the Cambridge MBA as a progressive programme for supporting this issue with this new scholarship offer. He is keen to take his understanding of inclusive work environments further during his MBA year.

“I have always been passionate about diversity and equality and I feel LGBTQ+ awareness plays an important role in the workplace.”

Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship

William Tipping Woods from South Africa with a background in mechanical engineering, has been awarded the Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship and is looking forward to the exclusive mentoring with Professor Runde that the scholarship brings. His background in heavy industry and mining led to a focus on socio-economic problems and he wishes to build on this area of interest and develop a wider area of expertise to consult on and solve issues profitably for organisations after his Cambridge MBA.

“I am particularly looking forward to the exclusive mentoring opportunities that the Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship offers.”

African Regional Bursary

Thabo Lenneiye (MBA 2018)
Thabo Lenneiye (MBA 2018)

Thabo Lenneiye received the African Regional Bursary. As a Kenyan-Zimbabwean she wishes to build a career that has a lasting positive impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, with interests and an education in Architecture and Urban Planning. Thabo intends to develop a business that looks at real-estate strategies for the regeneration of buildings and neighbourhoods that drive and result in inclusive growth.

“I wish to build a career that has lasting positive impact in Sub-Saharan Africa and this scholarship helps support me on that career journey.”

Culture, Arts & Media Bursary

Joy Yang from China has this year received the Culture, Arts & Media Bursary. Having studied and worked in both California and New York with a focus on film making and directing, Joy hopes to expand her network and deepen her passion in entrepreneurship, to enhance her technology sector knowledge and develop her business ideas alongside her peers.

“I wish to expand my global network and deepen my skills and my passion for entrepreneurship.”

We wish all our 2018/19 scholars well on their MBA journey and watch with interest as their goals and ambitions for their future career journey develop alongside the framework and additional support or mentoring that the Cambridge MBA scholarship provides.