Four Tepper School of Business undergraduate students have been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. Benjamin Chang, Harsimran Minhas and Radhika Dalal, all BSBA ’17, represent the Business Administration Program, and Gujri Singh, BS ’17, was selected from the Economics Program.
ACS Scholars are undergraduate seniors who embody Carnegie Mellon University’s high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement with various organizations across campus. These students are selected by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership.
“Being selected to the program was the realization of all of the work that I have done at Carnegie Mellon,” said Singh. “From my first day on campus to today, I have always invested my heart in my work, and as a senior I feel as though I have positively impacted the campus community.”
Minhas added, “It highlights how supportive Carnegie Mellon is as a community, how aware it is of the work that students put in, and how it celebrates the achievements of its students.”
The ACS Scholars program was launched in 1975, and in the years since it has recognized more than 1,000 students. Each scholar receives a monetary award, made possible by the generosity of Andrew Carnegie Society members, to support their academic and personal growth.
“I am honored to be part of such a select group of students who share my passion for Carnegie Mellon and am excited to continue to my engagement with the university in a meaningful way,” Singh said.
The Scholars are asked by the ACS Board to attend several educational sessions related to philanthropy, which provide the basis for the culmination of their experience in the program and a unique opportunity to act as real-world philanthropists.
ACS Scholars work together to present a gift back to the university community, and the group of students make up a foundation board designed to distribute several thousand dollars to a worthy organization or group of organizations on campus. Through this opportunity, the Scholars are able to understand and experience the satisfaction that philanthropy brings.
“This is a unique opportunity because it gives [the Scholar] a chance to hear from all the different organizations, and work with other Scholars from different backgrounds to truly understand what the values of the community are,” Minhas explained.
“Understanding the Carnegie Mellon community and the part you play in it helps you transition from a student to an alumnus, and the importance of giving and being an active participant in the community even after you graduate.”