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Scholarships open for next-gen thought leaders

Architect James Pearce, the 2016 winner of the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership full scholarship. Image courtesy of Griffith University

Are you part of the next generation of game-changing, responsible business leaders?

Griffith Business School, in partnership with The Courier Mail’s Queensland Business Monthly, is launching the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership scholarships.

Aligning with the program’s core values of sustainable business practices, responsible leadership and an Asia-Pacific perspective, it awards the winner a full Griffith MBA scholarship valued at approximately $51,000.

Entrants are encouraged to demonstrate that they measure success in sense, rather than dollars.

“We look for someone who can clearly articulate how the scholarship will enable them to influence the organisations where they work for the better, and thus their communities too,” said Griffith MBA Director, Associate Professor Chris Fleming.

“In 2016, our first year of running this scholarship, we had an amazing array of outstanding candidates – it made our job very hard!”

Assoc Prof Fleming added that he hoped the scholarship would provide the opportunity for someone to undertake an MBA, who otherwise might have missed out.

“The number of students whose employer will pay for this is decreasing.

“It’s great that, in partnership with Queensland Business Monthly, we can help one thought leader on this path.”

Natalie Gregg, Queensland Business Monthly’s editor, said a significant number of their readers are senior corporates whose careers have been accelerated after completing an MBA.

“As such, QBM is delighted to partner with Griffith Business School’s Responsible Leadership MBA program, which is creating Queensland’s future generations of business leaders.

“The partnership is natural fit for QBM because the magazine features the movers and shakers and rising stars in Queensland’s business sector.

“This scholarship program will undoubtedly enhance the quality and strength of the state’s business sector into the future and we are pleased to be able to play our part in contributing to that narrative.”

Architect James Pearce was the inaugural winner of the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership scholarship.

“Completing the MBA had been in the back of my mind for a while,” he told Griffith News in 2016.

“I was looking for the next evolution in my career. The knowledge I would gain from an MBA seemed to sit perfectly with where I was looking to head.”

The scholarship selection process runs over three stages.

Following the initial competition entry, short-listed applicants will be required to attend a master class on the Griffith MBA core values. This will provide the content to assist applicants in writing a reflective essay.

Finalists will then be chosen by a panel of judges to submit a video pitch before the winner is announced in the October edition of QBM and celebrated at the GBS Gala Dinner on November 3 2017.

A runner up will receive a Griffith MBA half scholarship, and four other finalists receive a scholarship to the value of one Griffith MBA course.

“The Griffith MBA aims to develop globally responsible leaders who are future-focused,” said Professor David Grant, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business).

“The program equips them with the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to meet the challenges of the dynamic business environment in which they and their organisations operate, while being mindful of the environment around them.

“This scholarship offers a fantastic career development opportunity to someone from the next generation of business leaders.”

Source: Griffith University

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