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CASE Awards First Social Sector Scholarships to Entering Fuqua MBA Students

June 05, 2005

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) has awarded $25,000 scholarships to two students entering the MBA program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. The newly-launched CASE Social Sector Scholarship recognizes students for their commitment to pursuing a career in the social sector. This program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

CASE awarded the first two scholarships to the following members of the Fuqua MBA Class of 2007:

  • Thomas R. Mitchell has made outstanding contributions to the growth of KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that aims to create a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America . As the director of program development, Mr. Mitchell developed and managed national programs with corporations and foundations to spark civic leadership and revitalize community through the process of building playgrounds and skateparks, primarily in low-income, urban neighborhoods. A former AmeriCorps volunteer and United Way staffer, Mr. Mitchell has developed educational programs in Brazil and consulted to the World Bank. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Stanford University and is pursuing a master’s degree in regional planning and economic development at the University of North Carolina.
  • Timothy Scheu has a track record of supporting budding social entrepreneurs through his work at GlobalGiving, an Internet-based service that connects individual and institutional donors directly to social, economic development, and environmental projects around the world. As communications manager, Mr. Scheu built relationships with corporate partners and developed and led a national advertising campaign that dramatically boosted donations and visibility to the public. As an intern at the Citizen’s Network for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Scheu helped to develop USAID and USDA Food for Progress grant proposals for CFNA’s work in Moldova and Kazakhstan . This summer, he is meeting with social entrepreneurs in South Africa and Mozambique . Mr. Scheu graduated from Bucknell University and has studied in Strasbourg, France.

Newly launched this year, the CASE Social Sector Scholarship Program awards two merit-based scholarships to first year students in the Fuqua Daytime MBA program who have nonprofit backgrounds and are committed to applying their business skills in the social sector. In total, scholarship recipients are eligible for $25,000 in financial support consisting of two years of tuition support at $10,000 per year and one summer internship support of up to $5000.

Established in the fall of 2002, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship is a research and education center dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial leadership in the social sector through the thoughtful application of business expertise. CASE aims to encourage innovation and enhance effectiveness in social sector organizations whose primary missions are the creation of social value. Anchored at one of the nation’s leading business schools, CASE is particularly interested in how knowledge developed for use in business can be adapted to address the distinctive challenges of the social sector. In a very short period, CASE programs have helped Fuqua achieve a Top 10 ranking among business schools in the area of “nonprofits.”

CASE developed this scholarship program in response to the increasing demand for business skills in the social sector. The program has three principal goals—practical professional development for participants, more effective social sector organizations, enhanced activities at Fuqua and CASE. Through this program, CASE aims to have a significant and lasting impact on the students, the community, Fuqua, and the social sector of the future.