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Oxford Names New Pershing Square Scholar for 1+1 MBA

Thanks to a new batch of Pershing Square Scholarships awarded by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, six students will have the full cost of the school’s 1+1 MBA program covered for 2021-2023.

Last week, Saïd announced six new recipients of the Pershing Square Scholarship, which was created in 2014. 

The scholarship covers the cost of the Oxford 1+1 MBA, during which students earn a master’s degree from Oxford University in an area of their choice and an MBA.

Among this year’s Pershing Square Scholars, three have chosen public policy as the focus for their master’s.

Sophie Fry is working to pursue a career in public service. Her goal is to “ensure financial services is a driver for global good and an enabler of solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Diego Rojas Arancibia hopes he will use the program to “create lasting relationships amongst the public sector, academia, and the private sector.” He is aiming to help tackle the “huge social, and educational challenges in my home country Bolivia, and in Latin America.”

Isabela Uribe expects the 1+1 MBA will help her learn “how governments, private companies, and non-profits can partner together to create sustaining impact.”

Natnael Araya Abraham is combining the MBA with an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine. Having worked as a pharmacist, regulator and researcher, he intends to pursue a social innovation idea to increase access to healthcare. 

Ryan Caplin, who is coupling the MBA with an MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise, and the Environment, will use the opportunity to focus on his “favorite topics” – which, in his words, are “garbage and impactful business.”

And Raffy Maristela is pursuing an MSc in Education (Comparative and International Education), with an aspiration to “cultivate skills in scaling systemic impact through my MBA.”

Besides covering the cost of attendance, including tuition and living expenses, the Pershing Square Scholarship will allow these students to participate in a range of events and workshops. 

When it comes to prestigious scholarships like the Pershing Square Scholarship at Saïd, the essential ingredient of a successful MBA application become even more important: having a compelling personal story that makes you stand out from other applicants. 

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Chioma Isiadinso

Chioma is a former Harvard Business School admissions officer and the CEO and Co-Founder of EXPARTUS, the first MBA admissions consulting company to use personal branding as a key part of the b-school application process. Chioma is the author of The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets, one of the leading books on how to successfully navigate the MBA admissions process.