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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 68 scholarships for students from 34 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.
Candidates are assessed for the following criteria in order to be selected for SHARE:
“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
Kelly Alvarez is an Engineer / Project Manager with 10+ years’ experience in Fortune 500 companies where she has specialized in restructuring and coordinating work processes across functions and regions. Kelly has spent several years actively volunteering, and helped establish a foundation which provides food and education to children in northern Colombia. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad del Atlantico as well as PMP certification.
Brillarch Amante (Bryce) M. Dayag II is a licensed veterinary surgeon and equine specialist experienced in both clinical diagnostics and the companion animal insurance industry. Originally from the Philippines, Bryce has held multiple roles internationally, including in the UK, Korea and UAE (Dubai). He speaks four languages and plans a career in business development in the healthcare/pharma sector.
Jos Joseph is a transportation, logistics, agriculture, automotive and operations professional with over 17 years’ managerial experience. As Director of Operations for Jakarta’s largest public transportation company, Transjakarta, Jos oversaw the daily transportation of 822k+ passengers and led the team of 9,500 personnel that received honorable mention for the ITDP's 2020 Sustainable Transport Award. He is looking forward to expanding his managerial and operations expertise on a global level with Artificial Intelligence Transformation.
Originally from Tanzania, Maryglory Moshi earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Data Analytics and Psychology at Arizona State University as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. She has worked in predictive analytics and machine learning and seeks to specialize in big data with a multinational consulting company. Her long term plan is to initiate a startup in East Africa that will provide guidance to women entrepreneurs.
Liona Muchenje earned a BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley where she attended as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF.) Originally from Zimbabwe, she is experienced in conducting business research, using iterative design processes to influence marketing strategy and building a start-up from the ground up. Liona is an Instagram influencer with over 20,000 followers who look forward to her weekly vlogs aimed at inspiring youth in Zimbabwe.
Harrison Kamau is an ICT manager with 12+ years’ experience leading high-end mega and strategic projects across the Middle East, China and Kenya. He holds a diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a BS in Information Systems. A skilled IT project & service delivery manager and business analyst, Harrison excels at leading teams, managing organizational change, and mitigating risk. He looks forward a continued career in the iintegration of AI, big data and global management.
Achirin Peter is a graduate of the WP Carey School of Business at ASU where she was selected for Barrett, The Honors College. Originally from South Sudan, Achirin founded and served as Managing Director of MP International, an import company providing goods and supplies to both public and private industry customers. She is experienced in operations, logistics, finance and general management and looks forward to a global finance career.
Originally from Guangzhou, China, William earned a bachelor’s in Engineering Management from Arizona State University, where he was elected president of ASU-CSSA, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, ASU’s largest student club (3000+ members.) He has started two companies in the US related to his facility for switching between US and Chinese business cultures, as well as his passion for the automotive industry.
Sneha Pujani earned a Bachelor’s in Telecoms Engineering and an MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. She is a project management professional and engineer responsible for having managed over 130 IT projects for India’s largest telecoms operator. Additionally, she is an experienced writer/editor and active food and travel blogger. Sneha speaks four languages and looks forward to a role bridging tech and business for a multinational operating in fast-growing SE Asia.
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.
SHARE is always interested in exceptional candidates from developing countries, regardless of current residence or citizenship. The first step for applicants is to contact Thunderbird Admissions to determine eligibility.