Three fellowship appointments are made each year from among our best applicants. Those selected are chosen based on demanding criteria including academic performance and leadership potential. The fellowship seeks to identify candidates who are likely to have their lives changed by their IBS education. In keeping with the global nature of the school and the fellowship, the winners represent three different continents as you will see from their profiles below.
Left to right: Benjamin Amankwata MBA ’11, Polina Petkova MBA ’11, Professor Peter Petri, Founding Dean, and Tanner Stevens MBA ’11
Benjamin Amankwata MBA ’11
Benjamin comes from a rural area of Ghana where he attended the prestigious Hermann Gmeiner International College, a school that places strong emphasis on global issues in its curriculum. He completed his undergraduate studies at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Benjamin pursued a dual degree in Engineering and Economics, two seemingly diverse fields, and graduated with Dean’s List honors. At Wartburg, he was elected to the student senate was also named to the Iowa Council for International Understanding which promotes education on diversity throughout the state. Apart from excelling in academics and extracurricular activities, Benjamin also overcame many hardships in college. He remained highly focused on his studies even after supporting his family for a year when his father was diagnosed with bone cancer. One of Benjamin’s professors said, “He is one of the best minds I have encountered in a quarter of a century of teaching.”
Polina Petkova MBA ’11
Polina grew up in Bulgaria, experiencing life there before and after the fall of Communism. She attended Bard College in New York, graduating with honors in Economics. During her time in college, Polina actively participated in numerous activities. She worked as a tutor, served as a member of the International Student Organization and the Model United Nations as well as played on the tennis team. Each summer, she landed internships with impressive institutions, including the Allianz Bank in Bulgaria, the First Investment Bank of Bulgaria, Priority Films, and the Redlight Children’s Campaign. She is highly praised by her employers and professors for having the motivation, enthusiasm, and consistency in both her academic and professional career.
Tanner Stevens MBA ’11
Tanner is from Florida, and the son of two teachers; he credits his parents’ emphasis on education with his pursuit of a higher degree. He began his studies at Hamilton College and transferred to the University of Florida where he majored in Food and Resource Economics. Tanner also studied Spanish and Italian, which encouraged him to study abroad in Italy. It was during this semester abroad that he became passionate about international finance, which persuaded him to come to IBS. Tanner has interned at John Hancock Insurance and Sagent Healthstaff in Massachusetts. After graduation he plans to pursue a career in sports management—ideally with the National Football League.