When I transferred into Haas last year, it was not only because UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world, nor that the Haas undergraduate program is third in the nation. Ultimately, it was because of the four defining pillars that Haas strongly stood by. I wanted to be in an institution where values were important; where students would be shaped and molded to do good for others after doing well for ourselves.
Haas has proven its dedication to the principle of “beyond yourself” by partnering with Give Something Back, a B-Corp office supplies company that donates a portion of their annual income every year to select charitable foundations in addition to integrating sustainability into their “giving” business model, with an undergraduate scholarship.
The Give Something Back scholarship aims to provide $5,000 to a junior at Haas who is passionate about making a difference in society. It hopes to assist its scholar in his or her exploration of corporate responsibility with the award as well as regular advising check-ins with the Haas Center for Responsible Business.
The most successful applicants are not necessarily those who have a specific type of interest in mind, although that would not hurt, rather those who are able to show a genuine heart and commitment to positively impact others. There should be no conflict between quality business and social impact, and the scholarship hopes to be able to foster its recipient’s pursuit of such possibilities.
The awardee is expected to lead in the subject of corporate responsibility during her residence at Haas. Last year’s winner, Kiron Chandy, has already done so with the Consult Your Community chapter at UC Berkeley, of which she is co-founder and president. CYC is a student-run nonprofit organization that provides pro bono consulting services to low-income and local businesses around campus. You can learn about CYC here.
If corporate social responsibility is something you’d like to be involved in, read about the application process on this link or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. I was one of the top three finalists myself in 2012, and strongly encourage all current third year students to take a shot at applying!
Completed applications for the 2013-14 school year are due by by Friday, October 4 at 11:59pm pst and should be sent (with “GSB Undergraduate Scholarship Application” in the subject line) to: email@example.com A select number of finalist applicants will be interviewed at Give Something Back headquarters on October 29, and the scholar will be notified by the end of the month.
Class of 2014