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Scholarship & Funding

The Polsky Center offers fellowships and awards for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and private equity who have demonstrated leadership both in classroom and out.

Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship Program (PF3)

Offered to: All Students
The Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3) is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago students who are committed to growing a company after graduation. The goal of the program is to provide entrepreneurs with funding to sustain momentum on ventures. Learn more here.

Vijay and Sita Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award, generated from the Sita and Vijay Vashee, '77, and Promising Entrepreneur Endowment Fund, provides a monetary award to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership in entrepreneurship. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students.

Moulder Student Entrepreneur Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Moulder Student Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Lonnie Moulder, MBA '97, provides a monetary award to a graduating student who has launched or significantly grown a new venture while at Chicago Booth and benefited from Polsky Center programs and the entrepreneurship curriculum to advance the venture. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students.

Madison Dearborn Partners Private Equity Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Madison Dearborn Partners Private Equity Award is a monetary award granted to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership and interest in private equity through the courses he or she has taken and his or her participation in private equity programming. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students.

Hyde Park Angels Venture Capital Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Hyde Park Angels Venture Capital Award is given to an MBA student who has accepted a summer internship in venture capital and will be returning to continue his or her studies at Chicago Booth in the fall. This student must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in venture capital. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students.

C200 Reachout Scholar Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
In an effort to educate and develop the next generation of highly-successful business leaders, the University of Chicago’s  Booth School of Business and its Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, together with  C200 have partnered to supported entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact, and the advancement of women. The partnership will span five years and consists of C200 Scholar Awards of $10,000 designed to support and create networking and mentoring opportunities for Booth students. Learn more here

Rattan L. Khosa, ’79, “Against All Odds” Student Entrepreneurship Award

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
This award is open to any graduating Full-Time, Evening, or Weekend MBA Program student who has overcome significant obstacles and demonstrated a spirit of entrepreneurship to launch or significantly grow a new venture.  This student will have benefited greatly from Polsky Center programs and the entrepreneurship curriculum to advance the venture. The venture should have an established revenue stream and sustainable business model and be poised for growth post-graduation. While there is no minimum GPA required, the student must have achieved the entrepreneurship concentration and shown leadership at Booth and in the greater business community.

Herman Family Fellowship

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Herman Family Fellowship was established in 1995 by Karen and Michael Herman, MBA '64, to provide incoming female students with an opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial interests. In addition to joining the fellows group, this fellowship provides an opportunity to participate in annual reunions hosted by the Herman family and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Canfield Private Equity Fellowship

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Canfield Private Equity Fellowship was established in 1998 by Phil Canfield, MBA ’96, managing director at GTCR, to support incoming students pursuing careers in private equity. This fellowship is awarded to students with prior investment banking or private equity experience who plan to pursue a career in private equity. The Canfield Fellowship is granted to students who have demonstrated commitment to a career in private equity, past academic achievement, and a track record of professional accomplishments. The Canfield Fellowship includes a financial award, as well as the opportunity to meet Phil Canfield. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students. Recipients will be selected based on information provided in their application to Chicago Booth.

Khosla-Booth Private Equity Fellowship

Offered to: Chicago Booth Students
The Khosla-Booth Private Equity Fellowship, sponsored by Victor, MBA '83, and Gail Khosla, provides support annually for up to two female and/or international students in the full-time MBA program with demonstrated interests or backgrounds in the private equity industry. The fellowship will also provide students with mentorship and assistance in securing internships at private equity firms. NOTE: This program is only open to Chicago Booth students.

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