MBA students from India eligible for new scholarship from Chicago Booth

A new scholarship for MBA students from India is now available at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a result of a $1 million gift from the Tobaccowala Foundation of India, the school has announced. Students who receive the scholarship will be designated Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellows, in memory of the 1952 graduate of Chicago Booth who was a director of Tata Group, chairman of Voltas Ltd., a unit of Tata, and founder of Impact India.

The scholarships are available to students in Booths full-time MBA programme whose primary home is in India at the time the scholarship is received. Prospective students can apply at During the 2011-12 school year, 83 students from India are enrolled in Booths full-time MBA programme, according to the school. Since 2001, 527 students from India have attended the programme. India sends the most students to Chicago Booth of any country other than the US, said Kumar, who also is the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management.

My sister Moeena Iyer and I are delighted to make this gift in memory of our father so more students from India can learn from the world class Chicago Booth faculty, said Rishad Tobaccowala, who received his MBA from Booth in 1982. Our father believed strongly in the power of education and we feel the same way, said Tobaccowala, chief innovation and strategy officer for VivaKi, the digital media unit of Publicis Groupe. Scholarship support is important in our efforts to continue attracting the best and brightest students, said Sunil Kumar, Booth dean. For that reason, we have as one of our goals to increase such support for students. We are very grateful to the Tobaccowala Foundation for its generous gift.