Griffith Business School has partnered with Queensland Business Monthly (QBM) to create a new MBA scholarship that brings together two strong brands with a common focus on promoting business leadership skills in South-East Queensland.

The QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship, which is for students commencing in 2017, complements the suite of existing MBA scholarships offered by Griffith Business School (GBS), including the MBA Scholarship for Women, MBA Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and MBA Scholarship for International Students.

Queensland Business Monthly is published each month by the Courier Mail and focuses on the latest business news across the retail, agriculture, tourism, resources and digital sectors in Queensland.

“This new scholarship is an exciting initiative that allows us to combine the QBM brand with the GBS mission statement of developing tomorrow’s globally responsible leaders,” said MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming.

“The scholarship aims to attract high quality applicants from the South-East Queensland business community, many of whom may already be among the QBM readership.”

The new MBA scholarships will consist of a full scholarship, worth about $50,000, and a half scholarship, worth about $25,000. The scholarships are open to commencing students wishing to undertake the fully flexible MBA program.

Applications for the scholarship open on August 26 and close on September 23. Winners will be announced in the October edition of QBM, to be published on October 28, with a feature article on the winner.

“The selection process for the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship will be very different to the typical process applied to other postgraduate scholarships,” said Associate Professor Fleming.

QBMlogosmall“It will be a competition whereby short-listed applicants will participate in a master class featuring lectures presented by key academic staff on topics aligned with the MBA’s core values of responsible leadership, sustainable business practices, and an Asia-Pacific focus.

“The master class has been designed to provide participants with the necessary content to assist them in writing a reflective essay. It will also provide an opportunity for short-listed applicants to network with like-minded business professionals.

“A panel of judges, including a Griffith MBA alumnus and key GBS and QBM staff, will then determine the finalists based on the essay submissions. Those selected will then have the opportunity to showcase their suitability for the scholarship via a video pitch.”

DGsmallPro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant (left) described the scholarships, which have been designed to enhance the business talent that is flourishing across the region, as a welcome addition to the GBS MBA scholarship program.

“We are delighted to be partnering with QBM in this exciting new initiative,” said Professor Grant.

“The scholarships reflect the Business School’s long-term strategy of providing talented students with the opportunity to develop the skills that current and future generations of business leaders will need if they are to meet the challenges facing Australian industry and the wider community.

“QBM uncovers remarkable stories of business leadership each and every month, and through the provision of these scholarships, we are pleased to be able to play our part in contributing to that narrative.”

Natalie Gregg (right), editor of Queensland Business Monthly, described the QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship as a natural fit for the monthly publication which celebrates the movers and shakers and rising stars in Queensland’s business sector.Business Mag.

“A significant number of our readers are senior corporates who have benefited from their MBA studies, whose careers have been accelerated to the next level after completing an MBA.

“Queensland Business Monthly is delighted to link up with Griffith Business School on this enterprising initiative that will undoubtedly enhance the quality and strength of the state’s business sector going forward.”