Help UCLA Anderson attract the best-qualified, most-dedicated and diverse students.
UCLA Anderson competes with all leading business schools for top-tier applicants. The availability of fellowship support often plays a determining role in a student’s final selection process.
To attract the best-qualified, most-dedicated and diverse students, UCLA Anderson needs robust fellowship funding. Filling the halls of UCLA Anderson with outstanding candidates means the entire class will have a richer educational experience.
And fellowships do more than free students from financial anxiety. Fellowships are empowerment. With fellowships, students can pursue global internships, consulting and other enriching experiences that will expand their thinking and solution set. Fellowship recipients often graduate with little or no debt – another kind of empowerment, valued by middle-class as well as low-income students.
While many Anderson fellowships are supported by corporations, it’s not uncommon for alumni to establish named fellowships as well – sometimes with a personal twist. For example, there’s the story of Harumi Ikezaki M.B.A. ’90 and Steve Mollenkamp M.B.A. ’90.
“Anderson not only launched our careers but also brought us together,” says Mollenkamp. So the fellowship they created specifically supports Japanese students and those with a Japanese background: the Harumi Ikezaki Student Fellowship.
“We wanted to help international students because it’s often harder to get financial aid and more costly to attend from overseas,” says Ikezaki.
“We also wanted to make Anderson more attractive for students coming from Asia because we think there is a natural fit given the school’s location and entrepreneurial programs,” adds Mollenkamp.
The most rewarding part of the fellowship for the couple has been the knowledge that they are making a direct impact in a student’s life. They were thrilled to meet their first fellowship recipient, Miho Goto M.B.A. ’13, during her internship at Google Japan, and look forward to staying connected with her throughout her career.
UCLA Anderson welcomes both named fellowships and smaller contributions to the Anderson Student Fellowships fund.
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