Scholarships Power a Force for Good: Spring 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023
Scholarships help provide opportunities for students to attend a leading business school and gain skills, leadership experience, and connections to help them use business as a force for good. Philanthropy from alumni and friends of the Carlson School makes a positive impact, extending far beyond the campus.
Alyssa Arnold, '23 BSB
I never thought I’d be able to study abroad or intern at Fortune 500 companies. However, through the Carlson School, I’ve experienced so many meaningful opportunities.
Studying abroad in Singapore was a big highlight of my educational experience. I felt a deeper comprehension of topics I’d already learned in the U.S. when I learned how they applied in Asia. It was also a great personal journey for me, pushing me out of my comfort zone to explore a beautiful part of the world with amazing people I met along the way.
Another highlight of my Carlson School experience has been my internships, including this past summer with Procter and Gamble as a sales intern. Working on the Target account, I worked to solve real-world business problems using Nielsen data and the persuasive selling format to guide my presentation skills. After I graduate in May of 2023, I will be returning to P&G as an account executive.
Due to the generous scholarships I’ve received, I’ll be able to graduate from college debt free, which has allowed me to focus on my academics and stay involved on campus without financial stress.
Anjali Donthi, '25 BSB
As a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic in 2019, I noticed the challenges faced by pediatric patients when it came to understanding their surgeries. With the guidance of my mentors and past colleagues, I led the development of Operation Serenity, an app designed to provide educational and emotional support resources for pediatric patients and their families. My participation in MN Cup exposed me to the art of business planning, the relationship between healthcare and technology, and the process of establishing a business. The success of Operation Serenity in positively impacting patients and their families solidified my belief in the power of technology and entrepreneurship to bring about change and make a difference in people’s lives.
My ultimate goal is to create a company that drives positive change and enhancement in my community through cutting-edge technological innovations. My double major in Finance and Management Information Systems, along with my minor in Computer Science, provides me with a well-rounded education that strengthens both my technical abilities and business acumen. I am determined to make the most of my college experience by continuously working hard and taking advantage of opportunities. I am grateful for the scholarship aid that I have received, and I am motivated to pay it forward by giving back to my community.
This article appeared in the Spring 2023 alumni magazine
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