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The Impact Scholars Program is a unique one-year apprenticeship that places MBAs in externships with industry practitioners and creates a community of current and future business leaders invested in impact investing and rural America. Impact Scholars are designated as either Corporate Impact Scholars or Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) Scholars. All Impact Scholars gain hands-on experience and access to professional development and career opportunities through the Impact Scholars network, while firms benefit from high-quality student contributions, a talent pipeline, and industry connections through the Impact Scholars network. The Scholars program is run by the Impact Scholars teamin conjunction with Business for Impact.

Program Components

Scholars work with corporate partners engaged in impact investing or rural economic development to gain experience and insights from industry practitioners


Scholars contribute to thought leadership through research activities by publishing a report or a presentation on best practice in the impact world (Corporate Impact Scholars) or that addresses key industry, technical and/or policy areas critical to rural development in America (ROI Scholars).

Thought Leadership

Scholars participate in networking, professional development and mentorship opportunities

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