The Laidlaw Foundation will fund scholarships for women at Saïd Business School.
The scholarships are intended to encourage extraordinary women with clear leadership potential to enrol onto the MBA programme when they would not have previously considered the qualification due to financial constraints.
Women are more likely than men to face financial limitations that prevent them from accepting offers to graduate business schools, according to analysis from the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT exam.
By providing scholarships to diverse and exceptional women, the Foundation aims to achieve equal representation and power in C-Suites and boardrooms around the world.
The total gift will enable Oxford Saïd to build on its current position as Europe’s most gender balanced MBA (currently 44% female).
The Laidlaw Scholars will join a global network of future women leaders. Using the online expert platform – the Laidlaw Scholars Network – they will be able to connect and collaborate with ambitious peers, and share their expertise with others in the Laidlaw community, in order to help develop the next generation of ethical and diverse leaders. They will also enjoy an annual dinner with Laidlaw Foundation representatives, Oxford Saïd faculty and scholars from previous years, helping build a sense of community.
The Oxford Laidlaw Scholars will be joining over 300 Laidlaw Scholars from Columbia Business School whom the Laidlaw Foundation has supported to earn their MBAs; and Scholars at London Business School where the Foundation launched a Women’s Movement in 2019.