Obama Foundation scholars program for emerging leaders at the University of Chicago


ABOUT

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program will give rising young leaders around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through a newly designed curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning. The Scholars Program empowers individuals with a proven commitment to service with the tools they need to make their efforts more effective, to identify innovative solutions to complex global problems, and promote change through values-based leadership.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Significant work experience and professional accomplishments with a clear trajectory of increasing impact.

  • Demonstrated record of community service or working for the public good, either through a full-time professional role or significant engagement outside of primary employment.

  • Possess a clear focus on a globally applicable challenge.

  • A clear commitment to return to and reinvest your new skills in your community after the program concludes.

BENEFITS

  • Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago will earn a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

  • In addition to classroom studies, the Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development and service activities throughout the academic year to help Scholars gain the real-world skills, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home.

  • These may include leadership development convenings; program experiences in New York and Washington, DC; speaker series with innovators across a variety of sectors; individual and group service projects; mentorship through the Obama Foundation network; potential internship placements; and action plan development for post-program activities.

  • Some of these Foundation activities will include experiences throughout Chicago and the South Side.

  • By engaging with the local community, students will have the opportunity to complement what they learn in the classroom and also to bring their unique perspectives to Chicago.

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