Major gifts boost emerging markets scholarship

New gifts and pledges will add more than $1 million to the SHARE Fellowship, an emerging markets scholarship program that brought six fulltime students to Thunderbird in fall 2013. The new Fellows come from Algeria, China, Egypt, Nepal and Uzbekistan, and they have additional connections to Botswana, Colombia, Mozambique and the Tibetan region of China. “I think Thunderbird has a very bright future, and I think Thunderbird’s role in emerging markets will only expand,” said Thunderbird Trustee Marshall Parke ’77, who led the creation the SHARE Fellowship in 2008. Since then, the program has provided tuition support and mentoring for 30 Fellows from 20 emerging markets. “It has been fantastic to watch the students’ careers as they have gone back out and taken on new roles all over the world,” Parke said. “They are doing exactly what we hoped they would do.”

Parke donated $500,000 above his previous SHARE gifts in summer 2013, and Thunderbird Trustee Susan Stevens ’73 and Thunderbird Global Council European Chairman David Young ’91 made additional $50,000 pledges above their previous contributions. A pending, limitedtime commitment from Laureate Education to match Thunderbird gifts will double the impact of every gift from donors and friends. Parke’s gift of $500,000 will become $1 million with the Laureate match.

In addition to financial support, SHARE also provides mentoring and career assistance to its fellows. Many donors such as Kathryn Lindquist ’84, a member of the SHARE Executive Committee, have provided internships and high-level introductions.

Photo caption: SHARE Fellow Barry Kofi King interacts with classmates.

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