- Gloria W. Appel Award
- Haas Venture Fellows
- Hansoo Lee Fellowship
- Maxwell Fellows
- Mayfield Fellows
- Larson Scholarship
The Gloria W. Appel Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship
The Gloria W. Appel Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship is presented upon nomination by the Haas School community to a second year MBA candidate of outstanding caliber who has made an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the entrepreneurship program at Haas. A $5,000 fellowship accompanies the award.
Administered by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, the award is funded by an endowment from the Louis and Harold Price Foundation in honor of Gloria W. Appel, the late president of the Price Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and a great benefactor of the Lester Center. The criteria for the award are based on Gloria Appel’s passion for students and the refreshing ideas that they have consistently brought to the entrepreneurship program.
Appel Award Recipients:
2013 – Vivek Bidwai and Eric Palm
2012 – Brian Busch, Brittany Hume and Joe Wadcan
2011 – Brent Locks
2010 – Angus Hildreth, Christy Martell and Richard Mordini
2009 – Kevin Casey, Roxanne Miller and Antony Passemard
2008 – Raphael Michel, Tony Mak and Kevin Kopczynski
2007 – Lawrence Chang
2006 – Nathan Dintenfass
2005 – Sabino Go and Steve Hardgrave
2003 – Amir Sharif and Pramod Srivatsa
Haas Venture Fellows
The Haas Venture Fellows is a select group of Berkeley MBA students that receive hands-on experience in the venture capital industry and foster strong relationships between the venture capital community and the Berkeley-Haas School of Business. The Haas Venture Fellows engage in three principal activities:
VC Project Work: Fellows receive hands-on experience in the venture capital industry by undertaking project work for prominent Bay Area venture capital firms. The group develops relationships with general partners at VC firms, agrees on projects to undertake, and delivers results directly to the venture capital firm. The Haas Venture Fellows have completed projects with a growing number of firms that includes Sequoia Capital, Morgenthaler Ventures, August Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Trinity Ventures among others.
Skydeck: The Haas Venture Fellows have been involved in running the UC Berkeley-Haas incubation programs since 2002, and are proud to be part of the new Skydeck family. The Haas Venture Fellows manage the application process for new entrant candidates and the evaluation process for existing start-ups residing in the Skydeck space. Our involvement in Skydeck enables us to continue to build the Berkeley-Haas venture capital ecosystem and provides highly informed insights into potential deal flow at Berkeley.
Pitch Labs: The Haas Venture Fellows Pitch Lab provides entrepreneurs from the greater UC Berkeley community with the opportunity to practice their pitches and receive truly objective feedback on their ideas in a risk-free environment. The HVF team has collectively seen hundreds of pitches for funding, including those by entrepreneurs involved with business plan competitions at Haas and applicants to the Berkeley Entrepreneurship Lab.
The group also maintains a network of UC Berkeley alumni working in the venture capital industry and contacts to entrepreneurship initiatives across UC Berkeley.
For more information about the Haas Venture Fellows and the Full-Time MBA Haas Venture Fellows projects, please visit www.haasventures.com. For more information about the Evening-Weekend MBA Haas Venture Fellows projects, please visit www.calhvf.com.
Hansoo Lee Fellowship
The Fellowship will provide a stipend and mentorship to help Berkeley-Haas MBA students pursue their venture full-time for their summer internship, as Hansoo did. MBA students will receive a summer stipend of $5 – $10K, mentorship from Haas alums focused on entrepreneurship, and office space. For more information about Hansoo Lee and to contribute to the fellowship, please visit the website.
Maxwell Fellows Program
Established in memory of Brian Maxwell, this award is intended to memorialize the drive, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit which led Brian to achieve success in his business and athletic pursuits. The fellowship will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to create and implement innovative projects, products, and ideas. The fellowship includes funding in the amount of $50,000 per year.
For more information about Brian Maxwell and the fellowship, please visit the Brian Maxwell Fellows website.
The Jack Larson Scholarship was established in 2008 to support MBA and undergraduate Haas students interested in an entrepreneurial career. The Lester Center wishes to thank Jack Larson for his ongoing contribution to entrepreneurship education.
- Information on Undergraduate Scholarships
- Information on Graduate Scholarships
- Current Recipients
- About Jack Larson
Information on MBA/Graduate Scholarships
The Jack Larson Fellowship is designed to assist entrepreneurs entering their second year of the Full-time MBA program. Three recipients will be selected and each will receive $12,500. The online application for 2014-15 will be available in early 2014.
The question that will appear on the form: Please describe your career goals and entrepreneurial aspirations. Indicate how the fellowship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Limit response to 500 words.
Information on Undergraduate Scholarships
For the 2013-14 academic year, three to five awards of up to $2000 each will be given to outstanding undergraduate students interested in entrepreneurship and who have shown a great need for support because of family hardship or who have overcome obstacles to be admitted to Haas. A faculty and staff committee will make the selections based on academic achievements, entrepreneurial experience, career goals, and financial need.
Criteria for Jack Larson Scholarship
Students must have at least one semester of study remaining towards their undergraduate degree. A faculty and staff committee will make the selections based on academic achievements, entrepreneurial experience, career goals, and financial need. Financial need will be a factor in final selection. Candidates must demonstrate financial need or indicate if they will be receiving support from other sources, i.e., fellowships, work, grants, etc. It is the intention of the fellowships that any awarded funds be applied towards the student’s direct educational expenses (i.e., tuition, books, etc.).
Your completed application should contain:
Resume – Please include an updated copy of your resume that includes the following information: Full Name, Mailing Address, City/State/Zip Code, Contact Phone Number, and Email.
One Letter of Recommendation – The recommendation should specifically evaluate your entrepreneurial qualities and can be from an instructor or employer. The letter should be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope.
Statement of Interest in an Entrepreneurial Career & Financial Need – Describe your career goals and entrepreneurial aspirations, as well as the contributions of your undergraduate program, specifically entrepreneurship courses and entrepreneurship activities to the fulfillment of your goals. Indicate how the fellowship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Please demonstrate your financial need or indicate if you are or will be receiving support from other sources, i.e., fellowships, work, grants, etc. Please limit your response to two pages, single-spaced, in 12-point font with one inch margins.
Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients:
Mario Alejandro Restrepo
MBA Scholarship Recipients:
Anthony Baldor, MBA 2014
Emily Hahn, MBA 2014
Alex Loa, MBA 2014
Brian Feth, MBA 2013
Melissa Millan, MBA 2013
Jens Uehlecke, MBA 2013
Robbie Bhanthal, MBA 2012
Vivek Bidwai, MBA 2013
Diego Prieto, MBA 2012
Bryan Mao, MBA 2011
Diego Prieto, MBA 2012
Robbie Bhathal, MBA 2012
Amanda Walker Murnane, MBA 2010
Raimundo Silva, MBA 2010
Bryan Mao, MBA 2011
Amanda Walker Murnane
About Jack Larson
John M. Larson is the sole sponsor of the Larson Scholarships.