Bharat Tandon MBA ’86 Commits $200,000 to Support Scholarships at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
July 17, 2013
Board of Visitors member Bharat Tandon, a 1986 graduate of the Daytime MBA program, has committed $200,000 to Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Tandon's gift will be matched by an additional $200,000 from the Financial Aid Initiative to create the Tandon Family Scholarship Endowment.
The merit-based Tandon Family Scholarship will be awarded to an entering first-year student in Fuqua's Daytime MBA program. A prominent member of the Indian business community, Tandon prefers that the scholarship be awarded to a student who is both a citizen and resident of India at the time of his or her application and who has significant financial need for scholarship support.
"We greatly appreciate Bharat's generous support of Fuqua," said Fuqua Dean Bill Boulding. "Merit scholarships are essential to attracting candidates of great promise to our MBA programs, and the Tandon Family Scholarship will play a key role in recruiting the best and brightest students from India."
The gift also advances Fuqua's goal of raising $100 million as part of Duke Forward, the $3.25 biliion university-wide fundraising campaign.
Tandon has long championed Duke's efforts to expand its activities and reputation in India and is a member of Duke's India Regional Advisory Board. He has been generous in opening his home to alumni, current students and prospective students to unite the Duke community in India.
"A Duke MBA education is invaluable tool for students who wish to transform their own lives and the lives of those in their communities," said Tandon. "I am pleased to be able to offer that opportunity to promising MBA candidates who will both build their own knowledge and bring diversity to the experience of other students."
Tandon was previously the Managing Director of SABIC India, one of the world's leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals. He now serves as Chairman of BTR Packaging, a leading exporter of plastic packaging to the United States. Tandon and his wife, Mahip, reside in New Delhi, India. They have two sons—Mihir T'12 and Nikhil, who will join Duke's undergraduate class of 2017 this fall.