The family of deceased GW graduate student Benjamin Kane Gupta has given the University a gift to create an MBA fellowship program focusing on creating public-private partnerships that strengthen U.S. foreign policy and development efforts.
Gupta was a joint MBA/Law student who died in December 2011.
The Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellows Program will be a joint program of GWSB and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Global Partnership Initiative. It is open to MBA students from accredited universities and will be housed and administered within GWSB.
Gupta held an internship at the State Department as part of his MBA program. Scheduled to receive his JD/MBA in May 2012, he was awarded the degrees posthumously.
“Ben embodied our values at George Washington with his commitment to public service and passion for international engagement,” said Dean Doug Guthrie.
Gupta’s father, Vinod Gupta, the founder of infoUSA and a prominent philanthropist, said his son loved his years at GW Law and GWSB. Ben Gupta is also survived by his mother, Bonnie, and two brothers.
Since 2009, State’s global partnership office has worked with more than 1,100 partners and leveraged more than $650 million in public and private resources to promote economic growth and opportunity. The Gupta fellows will facilitate collaboration between public and private sectors through research and program development.
MBA graduate students from any accredited university may apply. Finalists will be chosen by committee, with fellowships going to the top two to four candidates.
Vinod Gupta has also endowed a $1 million scholarship for international law students in his son’s memory.
Posted by gwsb on July 2, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.