The purpose of The “Brightest Minds” contest is to find one of the world’s “Brightest Minds” who is seeking to attend business school and help fund his or her education.
How to participate?
If you would like to try your hand at winning the scholarship you need to register on the official “Brightest Minds” website, and then take the free, online full-length GMAT Simulation Exam, which includes a 75-minute Verbal section and a 75-minute Quant section.
The winner will be the participant with the highest simulation test score. If two or more entrants tie for the highest score, they will be contacted by email and asked to submit an essay in the form of an Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) modelled on a typical AWA question one would encounter in the GMAT. Each tying entrant must submit his/her essay by the deadline given by The Economist. The essay will be in the same format as on the GMAT.
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Specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only the participant’s capacity to write analytically will be assessed.
The contest will close on 30 April 2017, and the winner will be announced by 30 May. The winner may apply their USD 25,000 scholarship towards tuition at any of the partnering business schools:
- Alliance Manchester Business School
- Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam
- Copenhagen Business School
- Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell
- EMLYON Business School
- International Business School
- Ivey Business School
- Leicester Castle Business School
- Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
- Schulich School of Business
- University of Bath School of Management
- The University of Edinburgh Business School
- University of Liverpool Management School
- University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business
- The University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Payment will be made directly to the business school and may not be used for any purpose other than a tuition scholarship for the winner. It may not be granted in any other form such as cash or cheque and may not be transferred by the winner to another person.
Who is eligible for the MBA scholarship?
The contest is open only to college graduates who are aged 18 or over and not enrolled in or accepted by an MBA programme. Employees of The Economist Group and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. The winner may be asked to provide proof of date of birth, identification and educational qualifications.
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The last winner of the “Brightest Minds” scholarship was Angela Hsinga, finance professional who moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA ten years ago and is currently working as a CPA. She beat more than 3,000 other contest entrants by scoring highest on Economist GMAT Tutor's GMAT simulation exam and writing the most compelling tie-breaker essay, beating 77 other top scorers.
Source: The Economist