The Economist Careers Network Announces Winner Of Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship Contest

New Jersey management consultant is awarded $25,000 MBA scholarship

Dec 01, 2015, 11:38 ET from The Economist

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Economist Careers Network, the business-education division of The Economist Group that produces The Economist GMAT Tutor, announced the winner of its semi-annual Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship Contest today.

Chris Brennan, manager in PwC's Advisory Services practice and a resident of New Jersey, beat more than 6,000 other contest entrants around the world by scoring highest on The Economist GMAT Tutor's GMAT simulation test and penning the most compelling tie-breaker essay.

Brennan attributes his ambition and hard work to sibling rivalry with his older brother.

As for his winning GMAT study strategy, Brennan said: "I think it's important not to underestimate the amount of subject matter tested on the GMAT. Learning the structure of the test, its common traps and how to tackle data sufficiency are all foundational and critically important, but it's easy to overlook just how much content can be tested. You don't want to be caught reasoning through a problem type for the first time during the exam."

Aspiring MBA candidates can look forward to the next Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship competition, which will launch in February 2016. The contest will similarly award a $25,000 scholarship to the person who scores the highest on the GMAT simulation test.

Brennan can apply his scholarship towards tuition at any of the contest's business-school partners where he is accepted into an MBA course.

Participating business schools:

  • The University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Rady School of Management at UC San Diego
  • University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Weatherhead School of Management Global MBA
  • Sheffield University Management School
  • Schulich School of Business - York University
  • Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver
  • LSE Department of Management
  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Aston Business School
  • Hult Business School
  • The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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