New scholarship funds are available from the Batten Institute for Darden’s Executive MBA program!

A pilot scholarship opportunity was recently announced for admitted Executive MBA students in the Class of 2023 who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership skills and a drive for innovation. For the first-time ever, the Batten Scholars Program will offer a limited number of competitive, merit-based, partial-tuition scholarships to Executive MBA Program recipients who illustrate these characteristics.

Applying for the Batten Scholarships

Prospective Executive MBA students interested in applying for these scholarships must complete a supplemental essay as part of the Executive MBA program application. Applicants should develop a 500-word essay that addresses how they meet the criteria of the program, how they would contribute to the Darden community and how the award would further their career ambitions in entrepreneurship, innovation or technology.

Learn more about applying to the Darden Executive MBA, including our monthly deadlines. For more information about Executive MBA scholarships and financial aid opportunities, visit our website.

Batten Scholars Program Offers Wealth of Resources

The Batten Scholars Program, sponsored and administered by Darden’s Batten Institute, supports a collection of scholarships for students admitted to Darden’s MBA programs. Batten Scholars benefit from access to programs and resources including mentorship and unique networking opportunities. The highly selective program empowers students with educational and experimental opportunities to grow.

Learn more about the Batten Institute by visiting the website or listen to the Experience Darden podcast episode featuring Sean Carr, executive director of the Batten Institute.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Thrives in Darden’s Executive MBA Program

Darden Executive MBA students represent a tremendous variety of industries, professions, career goals and life stages. Students have access to many layers of support during their MBA program and beyond, including personalized resources and coaching from Darden’s Career Center.

In recent years, a growing number of Executive MBA students have indicated an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the program features an Executive MBA Entrepreneurship Club as well as a popular set of entrepreneurship-related electives, including “Entrepreneurial Thinking,” “Starting New Ventures,” “Effectual Entrepreneurship,” “Entrepreneurial Finance” and more.

Executive students have taken advantage of opportunities to participate in the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, the Venture Capital Bootcamp, Start-Up Academy and the summer incubator program.

Darden’s entrepreneurial offerings continue to be ranked among the best in the world by publications like The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. Most of the entrepreneurial resources and opportunities available to full-time MBA students are also available to Executive MBA (EMBA) and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) students.

Senior Director of Admissions Brett Twitty and Executive Director of the Batten Institute and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Sean Carr recently hosted an informational webinar about the Batten Scholars Program.

Watch: Executive MBA Batten Scholarship Spotlight Webinar

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