VOTE for the Recipient of the HBS SA/COOP Community Leadership Award

Three applicants have advanced to the final round of the Award competition, and now the decision lies with YOU, the HBS student body. Don’t forget to vote by Friday February 19th at 5 p.m.

In the spirit of fostering leadership for positive change, the HBS Student Association, along with gracious support from The COOP, is proud to bring you the finalists for the HBS SA/COOP Community Leadership Award.ÿ

The Award was created to bring recognition to, as well as provide financial support for, student-led initiatives which create a timely, direct, and tangible impact on communities external to HBS. Funded by the HBS Student Association and The COOP, the Award will distribute two prizes to support HBS students who undertake projects that positively impact the broader community.

The SA Senate and The COOP have selected a group of finalists from the initial pool of applicants.ÿThe group of finalists now has an opportunity to reach out the student body, with the final grand prize and runner-up winners selected by vote this week. The poll was emailed to the HBS student body on Thursday, February 11th and closes on Friday, February 19th at 5 p.m.

“The SA is excited to pass along three very strong project proposals to the student body, and we are looking forward to the results of the election. These social entrepreneurs have survived tough scrutiny during a rigorous application process, and all the finalists should feel proud of their efforts. Lastly, the student body should feel thankful for the support from the COOP. Without their involvement, this award could not have happened this year.”
-Patrick Chun and Scott Daubin,
Co-Presidents of the Student Association


The HBS Apprentice
Imagine walking out of class one day next April only to be greeted by 50 passionate entrepreneurs, who have invaded Spangler lawn and are eager to sell you on their next big idea.ÿÿOnly these entrepreneurs are not fellow classmates, alum, or case protagonists.ÿÿIn fact, they haven’t even graduated middle school!

HBS Apprentice will invite 50 underprivileged Boston middle school students to spend two afternoons on our campus.ÿÿHBS students will teach workshops on business basics, and then our young entrepreneurs will put their new skills to work as they launch their own small businesses on campus.

Through interactions with HBS volunteers and the exposure to practical business experience, our middle school students will walk away with sharper minds, fuller hearts, and bigger dreams.ÿ

HBS Board Fellows Program
HBS Board Fellows is a student club with a two-fold mission: (i) to provide Harvard MBAs with valuable community leadership development experience through six-month placements as non-voting members on local not-for-profit Boards and (ii) to provide MBA talent to advance critical projects for Boston-area not-for-profit organizations.ÿ This year, 32 HBS students will serve as Board Fellows and will complete 18 discrete projects for 14 local not-for-profit organizations.ÿ
The program received over 100 student applications this year but could accommodate only 32 participants due to an insufficient budget.ÿ With additional funding, Board Fellows could increase student participation by: (i) organizing additional leadership development training sessions to prepare Fellows for their projects; (ii) hosting a weekend half-day service event for all Fellows; (iii) developing an improved website in order to raise greater awareness and attract new partner organizations.

Future Leaders Enrichment Award-College Exploration

What: A college trip to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Howard University and a private university, Georgetown.

Who: 12 Boston area 8th graders, HBS Students and Citizen Schools Chaperones

Where: Washington DC

When: Friday, April 16th to Monday, April 19th

Why:ÿ To increase the number of minority youth in the Boston area who excel academically and succeed professionally.ÿ We are focused on addressing two major hurdles to achieving this goal:

High School Graduation: Over 40% of Black and Latino 8th grade students entering BPS high schools will eventually drop out.ÿ

College Attainment:ÿ Research shows that students who make a strong connection between college and career graduate from college at a rate of 55%, while those who don’t graduate at a rate of 9%.

The winners of the Grand Prize and Runner-up will receive the following:

$4,500 in cash to fund their proposed project;
Recognition during the 2010 Class Day Ceremony by the SA Co-Presidents; and School-wide updates and media publicity from the SA.

$3,000 in cash to fund their proposed project;
Recognition during the 2010 Class Day Ceremony by the SA Co-Presidents; and School-wide updates and media publicity from the SA.

In order to qualify for funding, the projects must be led by an HBS student and should involve at a minimum 3 current HBS students. The Award is looking to support initiatives with direct and tangible impact, where the primary beneficiary of the subsidy and/or service is external to the HBS community, with preference given to local community impact.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 23rd. Please feel free to reach out to Will Yu (RC,, Jon Grzyb (RC,, or your section senator for more information.

February 16, 2010
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