The winner, Jason Girouard, selected from over 3,000 contestants in the Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship Contest.
Girouard graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst (UK) with a degree in Operations & Information Management - it was a program that gave him exposure to industrial engineering and analytics. He is now working at Uber in their Freight division.
Girouard scored highest on Economist GMAT Tutor's GMAT practice exam and wrote the most compelling tie-breaker essay, winning out over nearly 40 other top scorers.
Just put in the effort
When asked his secrets to winning, he says:
I don't have any secrets at all - I put in the deliberate practice (about 25 hours per week for seven weeks) before taking the actual GMAT and the Brightest Minds GMAT Simulation Test just happened to coincide nicely with my schedule. If you put in the effort, there is nothing else you need.
The contest is open to anyone who is considering pursuing an MBA or EMBA. The next contest will launch later this year.
Girouard can apply his MBA scholarship prize towards tuition at any of the contest's participating business schools where he is accepted into an MBA program. This season's business schools are:
- The University of Virginia Darden School of Business (US)
- The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University (US)
- International Business School (Hungary)
- University of Liverpool Management School (UK)
- Schulich School of Business (Canada)
- Alliance Manchester Business School (UK)
- Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands)
- SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy)
- Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration (Hong Kong)
- Birmingham Business School (UK)
- Macquarie University (Australia)
- Gies College of Business - University of Illinois (US)
- University of Bath School of Management (UK)
Contest entrants must qualify under the Terms & Conditions.
The Economist GMAT Tutor is an online GMAT prep course. The online program guides students through the academic topics and test-taking skills that they will need to master the test. The program is adaptive, meaning that it uses correct and incorrect answers from students to create courses customized to their needs.
Source: The Economist