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The goal of the program is to give promising talent the opportunity to take control of their future – and the future of their home regions – with an education from Thunderbird. At the same time, they bring their insight, cultural experiences and broad worldview to the school, enriching the student experience and the Thunderbird community through their unique perspectives.
SHARE is fully funded by private support
In 2007 alumnus Marshall Parke ’77 began developing a plan to provide scholarships for students from developing countries who might otherwise not have the resources to attend Thunderbird. Parke's experience working in developing countries taught him that a degree is only half the battle. These students needed access to strong networks and professional mentoring as well. The idea was simple but compelling: to provide the same sort of support one would provide a family member, but to focus that attention on exceptional students from developing countries.
In response to these needs he founded the Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship an alumni-funded scholarship/mentorship program for students from emerging and developing countries. Since awarding its first scholarships in 2008, the program has attracted over forty alumni contributors and countless mentoring volunteers.
Marshall Parke '77
David Young '91
Kathryn Lindquist '84
Kim Wiehl '80
Susan Stevens '73
“I am very grateful to you and proud to be a SHARE Fellow. I also wanted to reaffirm my commitment to actively participate in the SHARE program post-graduation both as a mentor and donor.”
David Grimaud ’13, Benin/Togo
Funded by alumni and friends of Thunderbird, SHARE ensures full tuition and expense money so its Fellows can participate fully in campus life, take advantage of unpaid internships, and attend optional academic programs. It truly levels the playing field - Fellows collaborate and compete on equal footing with economically privileged classmates.
Dozens of alumni have supported SHARE. There are many ways to participate: Donating financially, mentoring, referring candidates, offering jobs or internships. A typical SHARE Fellow interacts with at least 10 alumni, and graduates as a fully integrated and connected member of the alumni community. SHARE graduates stay in touch, and give back immediately to the school by mentoring others and eventually contributing financially.
Since inception, the SHARE Fellowship Program has funded 53 scholarships for students from 29 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. These recipients come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including technology, the nonprofit world, engineering, banking, agriculture, accounting, government, marketing, and academia. Seven recipients have been Fulbright scholars, and all have had outstanding academic records and a history of community involvement.
“My goal when I applied to Thunderbird was to have an international career and through business be able to create more prosperity. When I look at my experiences of the last 5 years it has totally surpassed my expectations. Can’t wait to see what comes ahead, cause now my dreams only get bigger and bigger.”
-Maria Teresa Morazon ’12, Honduras
While earning BS in Forensic Technology at Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Lemmy Gitahi minored in Entrepreneurship and became a licensed real estate agent and partnered with an investor to develop properties while still a student. In his home country of Kenya he worked as an operations manager in a building construction firm, and aspires to continue his career in real estate development.
Irene Kinyaguli received her BS in Public Service and Public Policy at Arizona State University where she was a MasterCard Scholar. Originally from Tanzania, she interned as a delegate assistant at the Tanzanian mission to the UN in New York, participated in the McCain Institute Decision Theater, and interned at the Corporate Council on Africa in Washington DC. In the future she would like to combine her interests in public policy and for-profit social impact.
Rexcel Lagare graduated magna cum laude in Accounting from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines. He worked as a management consultant for three years at EY specializing in finance, supply chain and operations for companies in 10 industries, before branching out as an independent consultant. He is looking forward to future career with a multinational in a management role.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi, Annie Wambita started her career as the editor of a large teen magazine, transitioning to Marketing and Communications for Chase Bank Kenya’s Foundation managing CSR initiatives. She eventually set up her own marketing and brand consultancy, and looks forward to a future career in international marketing.
Madit Yel is a graduate of the WP Carey Business School and the Barret Honors College at Arizona State where he attended as a MasterCard Scholar. Originally from South Sudan, Madit was raised as a refugee in Cairo, Egypt and speaks English, Arabic and Dinka. He looks forward to a career in impact investing/economic development to help build the infrastructure in his home country, potentially through collaboration with the South Sudanese diaspora.
Originally from Beijing, China, Han Zhang graduated with a degree in Business from the Fox School of Business at Temple University where he focused on marketing and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of a growing e-commerce business specializing in technology resale and looks forward to growing businesses while empowering others in their own success.
The program’s success depends on professionals who volunteer their personal time to guide individual SHARE Fellows. Mentors choose their own commitment level, providing multiple opportunities for alumni engagement, such as a 20-minute chat about an industry or company, a resume review, or administering a mock interview.
SHARE Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships to study at Thunderbird, but the program is about more than money. Fellows also receive access to coaching and a global network of mentors, who work one-on-one with the Fellows to help them obtain internships and full-time employment upon graduation.
SHARE is unlike traditional mentor programs. SHARE's unique offerings include individualized training, goal setting, tutoring, mentoring and high-level introductions from multiple experts and senior executives. Unlike traditional mentorship programs, Fellows are taught business communication skills and networking techniques, then are given introductions so they can build their professional networks and develop their own mentoring relationships – skills which last a lifetime. SHARE Fellows graduate with developed networks of executive mentors in their industries or geographies.
“As great and essential the financial component of SHARE was, the experience would not be complete without the mentorship/guidance component, which truly sets this program apart from any other scholarship.”
Mohamed Vall Mohamed ’16, Mauritania
Overhead for the SHARE Fellowship has been paid for by a special gift so your donation can be applied to student tuition and expenses.
For gift designation, select “Student Scholarships” then select “SHARE Fellowship” from the dropdown list that appears.
The SHARE mentor pool consists of professionals who are available for a variety of roles. The time commitment varies from a few minutes to an ongoing mentoring relationship, depending on the needs and interests of the mentors and Fellows.
Hire a SHARE Fellow for an internship or special project adds professional, enthusiastic talent to your organization. Stipends may be available from SHARE to defray their travel or lodging costs.