Hult Announces Full Scholarship in Honor of Alumnus Patricia Escudero

Posted Mar 31, 2008 by Media Relations

The Alumni Affairs committee invites prospective MBA students to apply for a scholarship which honors the memory of Patricia Escudero, a Colombian-American alumnus from the class of 2000. Through the efforts of her classmates, the Patricia Escudero Memorial Scholarship will provide full tuition funding for one outstanding candidate for the September 2008 intake. The winning candidate may choose either the Boston or Dubai campus. To be eligible for the scholarship, MBA candidates must submit their complete application and a scholarship essay to Hult by May 15th . See full application details below.

When she first came to the United States from Colombia in 1985, Patricia knew two or three words of English. By 1992, she realized the American dream. Patricia raised her right hand and was sworn in as a United States citizen. She loved this country and returned to it full time after living in Colombia from 1993 to 1999 where she worked for several companies including Colgate-Palmolive.

In August of 1999, Patricia Escudero enrolled in the Arthur D. Little School of Management, now known as Hult International Business School, in Boston to pursue her Master's degree. She had dreams of starting her own business. The goals she set in life kept her going. Shortly after joining the program in the fall of 1999, Patricia was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to attend classes throughout the fall and spring, juggling study and class assignments with radiation and chemotherapy sessions. She was determined to complete the program, despite the hardship.

Patricia’s impressive strength and perseverance served as role model to many. Her dedication to her teammates, and the class as a whole, brought light and life to all those around her. Nonetheless, in July of 2000 Patricia succumbed to the disease. She was three weeks short of graduating. Though she did not walk through graduation with her classmates, she was granted the degree posthumuously.

In her last week, she decided that she wanted to be away from all the hospitals and be in pleasant surroundings. She loved to travel, so she and Ana Maria took a trip to Aruba. Patricia's goal was to see nice sunsets and sunrises, and put her tired body in the crystal blue waters of Aruba's beaches. She knew it would be her last vacation and her final days were spent in pleasant surroundings on her terms. She died where she wanted to be.

The Scholarship honors the memory of Patricia Escudero, who remains in our hearts and continues to teach us lessons in our own lives.

As Patricia was known for her dedication to her studies despite great obstacles, the scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates tireless commitment to academic, professional or personal achievement in the face of adversity.

Scholarship Criteria
This scholarship is available to accepted applicants for the September 2008 intake and who meet the following requirements:

  1. Must demonstrate strong academic achievement while overcoming obstacles
  2. Not financially sponsored by any company or organization
  3. Must maintain solid academic standing throughout the course of the Hult MBA program

Application Procedure
To be considered for the Patricia Escudero Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Submit their complete application for the Hult MBA program by May 15th . (This is the date by which all application materials must be received by the Admissions Office.)
  2. Submit a two to three page essay on the following topic by May 15th .Discuss one event in your life, personal or professional, where you either demonstrated your commitment to a personal goal or overcame significant adversity.
  3. Shortlisted scholarship applicants will be interviewed by phone, depending on the applicant’s location of residence.

To learn more about the Patricia Escudero Memorial Scholarship, contact the recruiting coordinator in your location. We are happy to assist you.

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