We welcome your interest in the Civic Scholars Program at Chicago Booth. On this page, you’ll find answers to the questions we hear most often.
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Can I apply for the Civic Scholars Program if I work for a for-profit organization that works with clients in the public or nonprofit sector?
No, you are not eligible for the Civic Scholars Program. The program is designed only for those who work directly for a public- or social-sector organization with a 501(c) designation or in government.
Foundations vary in structure, so please contact us to discuss your specific situation. If you have questions about the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program, email email@example.com. For questions about the Full-Time MBA Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Professionals working in a 501(c) designated nonprofit or for the government are eligible to apply.
Can I stay in the program if I change jobs within the nonprofit or government sector before graduation?
You will remain part of the Civic Scholars Program.
What if I change jobs and move out of the nonprofit or government sector, either during the program or after I graduate?
If you leave the nonprofit/government sector, you will no longer be part of the Civic Scholars Program. In addition, you may be required to pay back some or all of your Civic Scholars award. That’s because Neubauer Civic Scholars full-tuition awards are structured as loans from Booth. When you accept the award, you sign a promissory note that obligates you to stay in either the public or social sector for three years after graduation. Scholars moving between or within these sectors will have their loans forgiven. However, if you leave the public or social sector within three years of graduating, you will have to repay the loan. For details, see Program Cost and Financial Aid.
Neubauer Civic Scholars sign an agreement before starting the program and are obligated to report changes in employment.