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 2013-14 is now available via the Haas Financial Aid website: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/finaid/MBA/continuing-students.html.
Applications are due Friday, April 19, 2013.
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
The Jack Larson Scholarship was established in 2008 to support undergraduate Haas students in their entrepreneurial efforts. For the 2012-13 academic year, five awards of up to $2250 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 & 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 & 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.).
The 2013 application process will be announced in Fall 2013.
The 2012 process was:
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.
- Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2012 by 5:00 PM. All materials, other than letters of recommendation, can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit a hard copy by US post, private carrier, or drop off at the reception desk at the Lester Center (F450) at the Haas School. Letters of recommendation should be hand delivered in a sealed envelope or mailed to the following address:
ATTN: Jack Larson Scholarship
Lester Center for Entrepreneurship
Haas School of Business #1930
Berkeley CA 94720
- Recipients will be notified in early December and will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Larson at a later date, in addition to being recognized at the Lester Center Annual Dinner in May 2013.
Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients:
Mario Alejandro Restrepo
MBA Scholarship Recipients:
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.
In 1994, Larson founded Career Education Corporation, currently the one of the largest for-profit education companies in the United States. Under his leadership, the company's annual revenues surpassed $2 billion in less than 12 years, and achieved a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent in the last five years. Career Education Corporation was ranked fourth on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, and first in the for-profit sector. CEC also ranked in the Top 20 of the 2003 "Hot Growth Companies" as measured by BusinessWeek magazine. Larson's guidance drove the acquisition of gold standard brands such as Brooks Institute of Photography and Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America and the expansion of on-site and online educational offerings throughout the U.S., France, the United Kingdom, Dubai and Canada. In 2000, Larson was named Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" for the Illinois and northwestern Indiana region in the service category. Larson has recently been named as one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.