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Prodigy Finance launches Social Impact Fellowship Programme

Prodigy Finance - July 02, 2018

Prodigy Finance launches Social Impact Fellowship 2018

We've officially launched Prodigy Finance’s inaugural Social Impact Fellowship Programme.

This is a new social impact initiative created to help international students pursue their dream internship regardless of funding restrictions for traditionally non-paid or low-paid social impact roles. 

A passion for social impact

While MBAs are increasingly interested in social impact work, most non-profit and smaller social enterprise organisations don’t have the money to finance MBAs internships.

Although other financing opportunities exist, including school-based fellowships, these aren’t available at every university or for every interested intern to pursue their dream position.

At Prodigy Finance, we work closely with each school’s careers team to offer professional development for students - and we want to enable students to positively impact their communities in the social impact space.

Our Impact Report, released in April, found that 72% of our borrowers believe their postgraduate degree has enabled them to pursue their dream career. This fellowship is a chance to take it further.

When the fellowship applications opened, we received great applications which made narrowing the list eight finalists very difficult, as was the selection of our three fellows.

Joanna Merker Social Impact Fellowship Programme 2018

Joanna Merker

MBA Graduate | Class of 2018

IESE Business School

Organisation: ACTEC in Colombia

Role: Scaling their microMBA programme for low-income social entrepreneurs.

"Before starting my full-time role, I want to focus on my passion for social entrepreneurship, and I decided to apply to ACTEC to work on their microMBA program in LATAM. I am looking forward to spending time working with committed, bright and energetic people. I am hoping that my summer will allow me to deepen my personal commitment to knowledge-based business ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

Sahar Jamal Social Impact Fellowship Programme 2018

Sahar Jamal

MBA Candidate | Class of 2019

Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University

Organisation: Jacaranda Health in Kenya

Role: Leading the commercial expansion of their Nurse Mentorship and Training Programme for Maternal Health.

“I’m excited to better understand the healthcare sector in Kenya, gain my first professional experience in a developing market while learning from the smart and scrappy team at this social enterprise. 

Most importantly, I’m looking forward to meaningfully contributing to a cause she feels incredibly passionate about”.

Alonso López Niño de Rivera Social Impact Fellowship Programme 2018

Alonso López Niño de Rivera

MBA Candidate | Class of 2019 | London Business School 

Organisation: Peru Champs in Peru

Role: Working closely with the CEO to help the organisation address educational inequities in Peru.

“My main objective is to achieve operational efficiencies by implementing digital platforms to track performance and improve the relationship with their donors. I'm extremely excited about this new challenge in which one of the keys of the puzzle will be to bring innovative, yet simple solutions into an NGO that has helped more than 2000 kids access quality education annually”.

Prodigy Finance: creating impact

In addition to our Social Impact Fellowship Programme, Prodigy Finance also provides ten $10,000 scholarships (in the form of loan forgiveness) to business and engineering students annually.This year, we’ve taken a step further with a Women in Tech scholarship

Why not meet the first of our 2018 scholarship recipients or see check whether you may be eligible for the remaining scholarships?

Each of these initiatives aligns with our core values of enabling access to education creating a positive social impact. 


Ready to advance your career or social impact goals?

Graduate education is one of the best ways to advance in your field or make the change to a new one. Prodigy Finance wants to help you achieve this goal with an international study loan for masters students pursuing business, engineering, law, and public policy degrees at top universities across the globe.


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