Undergrad student Anish Chandak, ’17 BSB, received the Donald R. Zander Alumni Award this year for his exceptional academic achievements, personal character, and outstanding leadership and service to the University of Minnesota. He will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

"Anish is a great student and a tireless worker, but what makes him exceptional is his gift of making everyone around him better. His leadership style is inclusive and empowering, and I know he will continue to have a major impact on both the business world and the greater community in whatever career he chooses to pursue,” says Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Senior Lecturer Rand Park

Chandak majors in finance with a minor in economics. Last summer, he interned at Deloitte in San Francisco. He also co-founded Jazba Entertainment: A student-run non-profit that uses Bollywood-Fusion dance as a platform to raise money for South Asian women suffering from HIV/AIDS and mental illness, and grappling with the devastating aftermath of sexual assault. The group hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause by year’s end.

This summer, he will intern with consulting firm Oliver Wyman in Chicago. While his career path following graduation remains undecided, Chandak envisions himself as a consultant, getting involved in a start-up, or working for a non-profit.

“I’m someone who loves to constantly learn, and a position I think would fit that is management consulting. I’m also interested in the start-up scene. The excitement and energy is something that I really love,” he says.

Chandak was also selected for the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award this year. He was one of 14 winners, out of a very strong pool of undergraduate student leaders on campus.