Beat the GMAT Scholarship Winners

For Yiwei Wang Rusling of China, Howard Soh of Australia, Eyob Kinfe of Ethiopia and Carla Ganiel and Cindy O’Brien of the United States, the path to business school just became a lot smoother and more affordable. These individuals were named winners of the “Beat the GMAT 2008” competition, and were awarded business school scholarship packages valued at $15,000. The Beat the GMAT competition is designed to help business school candidates achieve their full potential on the GMAT and in the business school application process.

  • Here’s the rundown on the five winners for the 2008 Beat the GMAT Scholarship competition:
    First prize was awarded to Yiwei Wang Rusling, a native of China, who came to the U.S. as a 17-year old freshman at Seattle University. The prize ($7,890 value) includes GMAT registration ($250 cash), one full Manhattan GMAT course, and a 4-school consulting package with Stacy Blackman Consulting, a business school admissions consulting firm.
  • Second prize was awarded to Carla Ganiel of Maine, who has managed a variety of successful non-profit programs and completed two terms of AmeriCorps service. She provided health and safety training to migrant workers and established reading and math tutoring programs in Maine.
  • Third prize was awarded to Cindy O’Brien of Detroit, a life insurance specialist who wants to obtain her MBA at the University of Michigan.
  • Fourth prize was awarded to Howard Soh, a native of Australia, who is now an investment banker based in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Fifth prize was awarded to Eyob Kinfe of Ethiopia, who earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bahir Dar University, and is now working for Ethiopian Airlines.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have completed college or be in their final year of college and plan to attend business school within two years. The sponsors of the scholarship competition include Beat the GMAT, Stacy Blackman Consulting and Manhattan GMAT.


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