QS MBA Community Scholarship: 2019 Winner Jeyeon Chun

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We’re pleased to announce that one of the winners of this year’s QS MBA Community scholarship is Jeyeon Chun. 

The scholarship is awarded to five students annually, with each receiving an award of US$2,000. Recipients must attend a QS event, start their first year of MBA study in the next academic year, and the scholarship must go towards tuition fees.

Why did you choose the business school you’ve applied to?

I will be starting the full-time MBA program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. I decided to pursue my MBA at Georgetown, because Bloomberg ranked it first in the world for having the best-trained graduates. After reading the article, I wanted to find out what the experience is like and develop myself into one of the best trained business leaders.

I also chose Georgetown because of its Global Business Experience which is a consulting practicum allowing students to gain hands-on skills. I was attracted to the experiential learning opportunity where I can apply my knowledge and develop global perspectives.

What do you hope to gain from your degree? How will it affect your career plans?

I’m planning to strengthen my research skills, gain hands-on consulting experience, and strengthen my leadership skills through my MBA. I would also like to deepen my knowledge about social impact and international marketing.

My most recent work experiences were in education and government agencies. After completing my MBA, I would like to leverage my experiences and skills to train entrepreneurs in African countries and contribute to sustainable economic development by helping local businesses grow.

How did you find the scholarship application process? How many sources of financial aid did you approach?

I found the scholarship application process to be simple and easy. I’ve also found the resources on essay writing on the QS website very helpful.

The QS community scholarship was the only scholarship I applied for. After applying to various MBA programs, I tried to focus my efforts on a scholarship I felt I had a high chance of winning.

What was your experience of a QS? What were the highlights, and what would you recommend to future attendees?

Before going into a QS event, all the MBA programs seemed very similar to me. But after attending the info sessions and meeting representatives from the schools, I was able to see the differences, values, and priorities of the schools.

As a resident in Seoul, South Korea, the QS MBA event provided great exposure to top MBA programs around the world. It was also a convenient way for me to learn more about various programs.

My advice is to go to this event prepared to leave positive impressions on the representatives, so you stand out and gain an advantage in the admissions process!

What difference will this scholarship make? How would your plans have differed without this financial support?

This scholarship will make a big difference to me, not only with academic financial assistance, but also as motivation to continue serving my community.

My plans wouldn’t have differed without the financial support; I would’ve still chosen the same school and program. With the added financial assistance, I know I will be able to focus my full attention on my studies. I am very grateful for this wonderful gift.

What advice do you have for prospective students applying for scholarships?

If they feel they’ve truly made impact in leadership or community service, I recommend they don’t hesitate to apply!

I also suggest they pick moments where their influence and impact were the greatest and craft their stories around these.

Written by Niamh Ollerton

Niamh is Assistant Editor of TopMBA.com, creating and editing content for an international MBA student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of the business world.  

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